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Get ready for your first Marathon by training with Hal Higdon the best known running author and athlete. His training programs have helped thousands reach their running goals, and this marathon app will help you get to the starting line with confidence.

Hal Higdon's many accomplishments include:

* Author of 35 books, including the best-selling Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide and a new novel, Marathon
* Completed 111 marathons winning four overall as well as numerous age-group firsts
* Holds the current M40 and M45 American records for the steeplechase
* Is one of the founders of Round Runners Club of America
* Has contributed to Runner's World magazine longer than any other writer

This Novice 1 Marathon Training Program is designed both for beginning runners who want to prepare for their first 26.2-mile race, but also for experienced runners interested in a fail safe program that will allow them to excel without making excessive demands upon their time.

Novice 1 is designed for newcomers, individuals who have done very little or even no running before. If you are fit enough to finish the Week 1 long run of 6 miles--even if you have to walk the distance--Novice 1 will get you ready to complete a marathon in 18 weeks.

Before starting to train for a marathon, you need to possess a basic fitness level. If you are over age 35, you probably should see your doctor for a physical exam, but assuming no major health problems, most healthy people can train themselves to complete a 26.2-mile race.

The training plan assumes you have the ability to run 3 miles, three to four times a week. If that seems difficult, consider a shorter distance for your first race. You can try our best selling Ease into 5K app which will prepare you to run 3 miles three times a week.

* Novice 1 training plan
* Eighteen weeks long
* Run four days a week
* Cross train one day a week
* Rest two days a week
* Two regular runs a week + one long run each week
* Long runs range from 6 to 20 miles
* The plan finishes with the Marathon race day

* New - You can set Saturday or Sunday race day
* Hal Higdon's voice will encourage you during your runs
* Distance and pace automatically tracked with built in GPS
* Metric units support
* Training schedule at your fingertips
* Set your training start date based on the race date
* Home screen shows a visual indicator of your training progress
* Select your own music and skip tracks without leaving the app
* Half point alert, letting you know when to turn back
* Share your workouts on Facebook and Twitter right from your app
* Lock Buttons feature prevents accidental button activation during workouts
* Excellent customer support
* Journal screen lets you document your run
* Keep track of your runs on the in app calendar
* Beautiful graphs show your progress
* Set a goal for distance, pace, weight loss, and distance ran
* See your run on a map
* Sync your runs with TrainingPeaks software online directly from your mobile device

Because this app needs accurate location information, this app requires a device with a GPS antenna, therefore the app works with iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPhone 4, and 4GS and is not compatible with the iPod touch.

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Compatible with iOS 9.0, requires iOS 6.0 or greater.

What's New

Version 3.5.8

Restored posting to Facebook

Ratings and Reviews

2.5 out of 5
16 Ratings
16 Ratings

Worth every penny!

After completing couch25k and getting myself up to about 7 miles, I committed to doing a marathon. I used this app from day one and followed it about 95% through. It was the perfect choice for me. Hal is inspiring with his words and always kept me thinking positive when times got tough. He seems to chime in at the right time and kept me going.
Toward the end of the training I had to modify things a little to get ready for the big day. I'll never forget my 20 mile run with the support of my wife and Hal. I got through it fairly easy and was marathon ready. I ran the Philadelphia Marathon in 2011 thanks to this program. I would recommend this app or any Bluefin app to my friends and family.


Got me across the finish line

First and foremost, by following this app I was fully trained and in shape for my first marathon, which I completed with a time I was very happy with. Overall, it did it’s job and I was happy I used it. There were few bugs along the way.

First, the GPS was often inaccurate (which may have been the fault of my phone, I realize), and it would occasionally credit me up to 8/10ths of a mile, depending on how far I ran.

Second. At a certain point during training Hal’s occasional voice over instructions stopped working. Not a huge deal, but it happened.

Those are the main issues I had. Neither was a huge deal and I’d use the app again, but I figured they were worth mentioning. Hope this helps and good luck on your marathon training.

j mart

Not for $9.99

I've trained with Hal Higdon programs in the past. I was hoping this would be a very interactive app that incorporated the training program. Wrong. It's a very heavy in-app purchase app that basically for $9.99 provides you with everything you could get for free with a two minute Google search. Although I don't use if for GPS tracking (which entering it manually like I do is another somewhat annoying process), I can see where this may be of some convenience, but not for $9.99.


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38.2 MB
Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. Optional 3 Month Subscription $4.99
  2. Optional 6 Month Subscription $8.99
  3. Optional 12 Month Subscription $14.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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