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 www.halhigdon.com. 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.