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Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide, by Hal Higdon

Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide, by Hal Higdon

Update: 2022-04-15


Marathon, The Ultimate Training Guide is in it’s 5 edition and the original version came out in 1993. This book is solely dedicated to training and preparing to run the half-marathon or marathon distance. The book covers the entire marathon journey from the very beginning stages where someone is starting to run and maybe not even sure they will love the sport, to tapering and race day logistics. In between Hal covers a lot of topics that runners might have questions about like: Building mileage, diet, speedwork, cross training, heart rate training, qualifying for Boston, and many more. The book ends with training programs for novice to advanced runners for the half-marathon and marathon

Hal Higdon is the author of thirty-five books and hundreds of articles for a variety of magazines including Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, and New York Times Magazine. He is a contributing editor for Runner’s World, was among the founders of the Road Runners Club of America, was a finalist in the competition to become NASA’s Journalist in Space, received the Career Achievement award from The American Society of Journalists and Authors, and his website,, ranks among the top 20 running websites in the world. Hal is not only a great writer and journalist but has a lot of running experience as well. He has completed over 100 marathons, and coached many runner to improved times.

Marathon The Ultimate Training Guide can be found at local book stores, or you can get it on Amazon:

If you would like to follow Hal Higdon and see everything team Hal has to offer then you can find this on his website:

Big thank you to the publisher, Rodale, for providing a review copy of the book, and to the author Hal Higdon for taking the time to speak with us.

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Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide, by Hal Higdon

Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide, by Hal Higdon