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Building a Lifestyle of Running with Hal Higden

Building a Lifestyle of Running with Hal Higden

Update: 2020-03-10


The modern world of running has gone from infancy to a science over the last few generations. Today's guest Hal Higdon has been helping cultivate generations of runners since the 1960s. But what does it take to build a lifestyle where running is a part of your daily life. Hal has literally written the book, 'Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide' (in its 5th edition) to help runners build that lifestyle.

In today's show, Hal shares about his journey into running and journalism. We chat about what beginning, intermediate, and pro runners should be doing to become better runners. From nutrition, cross-training, goal setting, stepback weeks, and rest, Hal gives us tips and best practices for runners of all levels. This will help every runner turn guesswork into the plan that is right for the goals that they have.

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About Hal Higdon
Hal Higdon began running as a student at the University of Chicago Lab School and continued running competitively at Carleton College in Minnesota, where he won several conference championships. After school, Hal competed 8 times in the Olympic Trials, notching his best finish as 5th place at the 1960 Trials in the 3000 meter steeplechase. In the 1964 Boston Marathon, Hal placed 5th overall and was the first American finisher with his time of 2:21:55 . His World Masters Championships M40 record of 9:18 .6 in the steeplechase (set in 1975) remains the oldest American masters records in the books.

Hal Higdon is a Contributing Editor for Runner’s World and is the magazine’s longest lasting writer, having contributed an article to RW’s second issue in 1966. He also is the author of more than three dozen books, including Marathon: The Utimate Training Guide and the recently published Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training. In 2003, the American Society of Journalists and Authors awarded Hal its Career Achievement Award, the highest honor given to writer members.








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Building a Lifestyle of Running with Hal Higden

Building a Lifestyle of Running with Hal Higden

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