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What are some good books people have read on training for marathons? I'm planning on picking up Hal Higdon's book, but I'd like to check out some others as well.

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  • Ben, I have been considering picking up a book on marathon training also. Did you go with Hal Higdon's book? If so, do you like it? Would you recommend it?

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    Jeff Galloway's You Can Do It! Or something along those lines. It outlines everything!

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  • I am reading Hal Higdon's book, and it is a bit repetitive, but I have gotten some good tips and inspiration from it.

    posted over 5 years ago | Report

  • Read "Running Within". Not a marathon specific book but excellent for overall running. My favorite running book by a mile.

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  • I've got Hal's schedule printed up, but Chi Running by Danny Dreyer changed my life, and ended my shin splints that crippled my early training.

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  • Not a specific Marathon or training book (read a couple of german ones on this subject), but one of the most inspirational and well written sports book I've ever read is Dean Karnazes' Ultra Marathon Man book.

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  • I'm a fan of the Non-Runners Marathon Trainer by David Whitsett. Gives a training schedule and a lot of good tips and stories from people at each step. Great book that is not intimidating for people starting out on their running journey!

    http://www.amazon.com/Non-Runners-Marathon-Trainer-David-Whitsett/dp/1570281823

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  • I use the Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer, too. It does a lot of the thinking for me, which I appreciate.

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  • Marathoning for Mortals (http://tinyurl.com/marathon4mortals) is great read for us 1st timers & beginners! Its by by John Bingham & Jenny Hadfield & is well written & really entertaining!

    "Entering my first race as a 43-year-old male created a turning point in my new life as an adult-onset athlete..." - John Bingham

    My wife got it for me for my birthday and I love it. I hope you do too. Amazon has it for $10 right now. CHEAP! http://tinyurl.com/marathon4mortals

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  • I've read marathoning for mortals and refer to it often. Right now I'm reading Hal Higdon's marathon book. Love it! I'm using his training program so its nice to also read his thoughts on training.

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  • I read "4 months to a 4 hour marathon". If Oprah can do it, so can I!

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  • Did Oprah actually finish in 4 hours?? The Running World wants to know!!

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  • ChiRunning by Danny Dreyer =)

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  • You should have a look at Go Faster Food - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Go-Faster-Food-Cyclists-Swimmers/dp/0091929326/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243175011&sr=8-1
    great recipes for athletes, essential reading on what and when to eat and drink when training for a marathon plus race day advice, translates sound nutritional theory into good practice with delicious, easy to prepare food, foreword by Liz Yelling.

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  • Nice pun!

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  • Yes, i will run my first marathon on september (Tamarindo Beach Marathon, Costa Rica) and i bought that book (Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer). It is just great!!!!

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  • Go with Hal Higdon's I've had it out of the library for nearly 8 months and I'm following his novice trainig programme. Lot's of great advice - things you wouldn't even consider

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  • I've been reading Advanced Marathoning by Pete Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas. Despite the name it is a lot of great information for first time marathoners, especially if you have some experience racing at shorter distances.

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