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.
Hal Higdon is the author of thirty-five books and hundreds of articles for magazines as diverse as Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, Boys’ Life, and The New York Times Magazine. He was among the founders of the Road Runners Club of… More about Hal Higdon
“This revised edition provides clear and effective advice that will get any runner across the finish line of a marathon. I highly recommend it.” —Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic-marathon gold medalist
“Higdon’s years of marathoning experience come through in this practical book. Aspiring or veteran marathoners will benefit enormously from its proven guidance.” —Grete Waitz, 9-time winner of the New York City Marathon
“Marathon is must reading for anyone who wants to maximize performance.” —Nancy Clark, R.D., Author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook
“There’s plenty of sound training advice here for runners of all levels.” —Ken Sparks, Ph.D., Marathon personal record of 2:28 at age 46