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

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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.

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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  • $1.99
  • 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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