Marathon by Hal Higdon


By Hal Higdon

  • Release Date: 2011-09-27
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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Especially in tough economic times, running offers an affordable and positive way to relieve stress and gain a sense of accomplishment. Marathons and--more than ever--half-marathons are the ultimate achievement for runners and have experienced an unprecedented boom in the last several years.

New hunger for reliable information on marathon and half-marathon training, as well as new technologies that have revolutionized ordinary people’s ability to train intelligently, means the time is right for a new edition of longtime Runner's World contributor Hal Higdon’s classic guide to taking the guesswork out of preparing for a marathon, whether it’s a reader’s first or fiftieth.

Since its original publication in 1993, Higdon’s definitive manual has sold over a quarter of a million copies through all channels. The book is such a consistent seller for many reasons, but above and beyond all the others is this one: It works. At the core of the book remains Higdon’s clear and essential information on training, injury prevention, and nutrition. With more than 25 percent new material, this fourth edition of a running classic will be a must-own for both longtime runners and those new to the sport.


  • Good content, too much bragging and self-indulging

    By Mabbus604
    There is some good content in the book that complements Hal's free online training plans. But the book could be 1/3 the length and get the job done. I bought the book to pick up some extra tips and advice on how to better prepare for my race, not to have to go through page after page of Hal talk about his glory days, the history of his training career, or how he's driven every course in a press truck. I'm already spending enough time running and stretching and going to massage, I don't have time to read through all the extra fluff. If Hal wants to write his own personal memoirs then he should do that, and call it that. And maybe I would read that after my race, when I have the time.