Book Review: Marathon — The Ultimate Training Guide by Hal Higdon

This book is a must read for anyone seriously considering a half or full marathon, especially for the first time.  It presents reasonable, straight-forward plans to reach the goal of completing the race.  In addition, the author presents many detailed18-week training plans based on the runner’s fitness level.

The chapter topics range from nutrition to race day.  Higdon lays out a step by step process that many people can follow if they have the dedication to stick to  the plan.  The book was recently updated in a third edition, but the second edition covers the issues just fine.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m a big Hal Higdon fan.  Even if you don’t read this book, Higdon has plenty of free training material online at  I also had the pleasure of listening to him speak during marathon week at Walt Disney World.  If you have such an opportunity, don’t miss it.


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