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The Ultimate Training Guide: Advice, Plans, and Programs for Half and Full Marathons

Hal Higdon

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


More than half a million people have successfully reached their goals using the training programs offered in this definitive guide. Marathon is among the bestselling running books of all time for many reasons, but above all others is this one:  It works.

At the core of this edition remains Hal Higdon’s clear and essential information on injury prevention, training, and nutrition as well as all-new chapters on women’s running, half-marathons, and charity running. 

Running is basically a simple sport. You lead with the left foot, follow with the right foot, and continue. Except now we have heart-rate monitors, global positioning devices, and high-tech shoes. This book demystifies the marathon experience and allows each runner to achieve peak performance without anguish or pain. 

Let Hal Higdon, longtime contributor to Runner’s World magazine and veteran of more than 100 marathons, guide you through the training and preparations to ensure that you cross the finish line in triumph. 

Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide will take the guesswork out of marathon training, whether it’s for your first or 50th.

Customer Reviews

From start to finish...

Hal was an inspiration for me. I went from being a pack a day smoker who could not run around the block. Four years later and I have run 4 marathons and 7 half marathons. The ultimate guide was the first book to tell me that walk-running was ok. So that is how I started. Now I run most the course except waterbreaks when I will walk, like Hal recommends. I have logged nearly 2000 miles on my Nike+ and Ipod and have a ton of great music. I have made more friends through running than most other things in my life (shy of wife and kids of course)
If you are thinking about running.... This is the right book for you!


Could not put it down. I am new to running and what practical and encouraging information as I train for my first marathon. A must read!

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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Sports & Outdoors
  • Published: Sep 27, 2011
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • Seller: Rodale Inc.
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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