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Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & Ranked

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Marathon Training books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Running Your First Marathon: The Complete 20-Week Marathon Training Plan (2018)

 Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & Ranked“Andrew Kastor has taken the tried-and-true principles that all us pros follow and made them available and applicable for everyone. Just as Andrew has helped me on my journey, he is sure to help you on yours.”―Ryan Hall, US Olympic Marathoner, holder of the US record in the half marathon, and marathon training expertAs a marathon training coach for world-class runners and Olympic medalists, Andrew Kastor knows what it takes to get to the finish line. Whether you are planning to run a full or half marathon, Coach Kastor’s marathon training program…
Author(s): Andrew Kastor

2. Marathon, All-New 4th Edition: The Ultimate Training Guide: Advice, Plans, and Programs for Half and Full Marathons (2011)

 Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & RankedEspecially 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,…
Author(s): Hal Higdon

3. 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster By Training Slower (2014)

 Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & RankedRespected running and fitness expert Matt Fitzgerald explains how the 80/20 running program—in which you do 80 percent of runs at a lower intensity and just 20 percent at a higher intensity—is the best change runners of all abilities can make to improve their performance. With a thorough examination of the science and research behind this training method, 80/20 Running is a hands-on guide for runners of all levels with training programs for 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon distances.In 80/20 Running, you’ll discover how to transform your workouts to avoid…
Author(s): Matt Fitzgerald, Robert Johnson

4. Me, You & 26.2: Coach Denise’s Guide to get YOU TO YOUR First Marathon (Black & White Edition) (2019)

 Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & RankedThrough her own experience completing over 100 marathons and from transforming hundreds of first-timers into many-time marathoners, Coach Denise Sauriol, a.k.a., the Marathon Whisperer, equates training for a marathon to taking a class. When you sign up for a class, you get a syllabus (training plan), you do your homework (training runs) and then you take your final (run the marathon), right? Training for a marathon is as methodical as taking a class. You just have to add heart! This book is all you need for running your first marathon. The chapters are laid out into 26 miles and kick off with a personal story of inspiration…
Author(s): Denise Sauriol

5. Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training: Winning Strategies, Inpiring Stories, and the Ultimate Training Tools (2012)

 Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & RankedThe first dedicated book on marathon and half marathon training from the renowned experts at Runner’s World Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training gives readers the core essentials of marathon training, nutrition, injury prevention, and more. The editors of Runner’s World know marathon training better than anyone on the planet. They have spent the last few years inviting readers to share the long, sweaty journey to the starting line, putting themselves on call to personally answer readers’ questions…
Author(s): AmBurfoot, Bart Yasso, et al.

6. Hansons Marathon Method: Run Your Fastest Marathon the Hansons Way (2016)

 Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & RankedIn Hansons Marathon Method, the coaches of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project reveal their innovative marathon training program that has helped thousands of runners become true marathoners and smash their personal bests. Hansons Marathon Method tosses out mega-long runs and high-mileage weekends–two old-fashioned running traditions that often injure and discourage runners. Runners using the Hansons method will gradually build up to the moderate-high mileage required for marathon success, spreading those miles more sensibly throughout the week. Running easy days mixed with precisely paced speed, strength, and tempo workouts,…
Author(s): Luke Humphrey, Kevin Hanson

7. The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer (1998)

 Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & RankedAthlete. Runner. Marathoner. Are these words you wouldn’t exactly use to describe yourself? Do you consider yourself too old or too out of shape to run a marathon? But somewhere deep inside have you always admired the people who could reach down and come up with the mental and physical strength to complete such a daunting and rewarding accomplishment? It doesn’t have to be somebody else crossing the finish line. You can be a marathoner. The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer is based on the highly successful marathon class offered by the University of…
Author(s): David A. Whitsett , Forrest A. Dolgener, et al.

8. Be Ready on Race Day: How to Create a Custom Training Plan for Your Next Marathon or Half Marathon (2018)

 Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & RankedSICK AND TIRED OF ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL TRAINING PLANS? You’re not a one-size-fits-all runner, so why would you choose to use a one-size-fits-all training plan to help you prepare for your next race? Point blank, a one-size-fits-all plan is really one-size-fits-none. BE READY ON RACE DAY teaches you how to create a comprehensive training plan that fits your busy life and meets your specific training needs by showing you how to: Finally, you can discover how to stay on track with your training and peak on race day. If you’ve had enough of using generic training plans and would prefer to follow a plan that has…
Author(s): Denny Krahe

9. Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training (2016)

 Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & RankedHal Higdon’s name is synonymous with running. As contributing editor of Runner’s World and best-selling author, he has helped countless runners achieve their distance goals. Now, he’s created the definitive guide on today’s most popular distance, the 13.1-mile half marathon. Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training is everything you wanted to know about running the half marathon, including where to begin, what to focus on, how to pace yourself, how to avoid injury, how to track your progress, how to stay the course, and how to improve. Whether this is your first or fiftieth half marathon, there is a plan for you. Inside you’ll…
Author(s): Hal Higdon

10. Simple Marathon Training: The Right Training For Busy Adults With Hectic Lives (2016)

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Author(s): Jay Johnson

11. Daniels’ Running Formula (2013)

 Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & RankedGet in the best shape of your running career with the help of Daniels’ Running Formula, the book that Runner’s World magazine calls the best training book. Premier running coach Jack Daniels provides you with his legendary VDOT formula to guide you through training at exactly the right intensity to run stronger, longer, and faster. Choose a program to get in shape, target a race program, or regain conditioning after layoff or injury. Train for competition with programs for 800 meters, 1500 meters to 2 miles, cross country races, 5K to 10K, 15K to 30K, and marathon…
Author(s): Jack Tupper Daniels

12. Build Your Running Body: A Total-Body Fitness Plan for All Distance Runners, from Milers to Ultramarathoners―Run Farther, Faster, and Injury-Free (2014)

 Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & RankedWhether you're a miler or an ultramarathoner, if you want a fit, fast, and injury-resistant running body, there's a better way to train than relentlessly pursuing mileage. This easy-to-use workout manual draws on the latest research in running physiology to target all the components that go into every stride—including muscles, connective tissue, cardiovascular fitness, energy production, the nervous system, hormones, and the brain. With the breakthrough whole-body training program in Build Your Running Body, runners will improve their times, run longer and…
Author(s): Pete Magill , Thomas Schwartz , et al.

13. Beginner’s Guide to Half Marathons: A Simple Step-By-Step Solution to Get You to the Finish Line in 12 Weeks! (Beginner To Finisher) (2017)

 Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & RankedAre you struggling to step up to the starting line? Discover a 12-week program that will shape your body and mind for your first half marathon.Are your running shoes gathering dust? Do you think you’re too unfit or too old to enter a competitive race? Is a marathon on your bucket list, but you have no idea where to start? Author Scott O. Morton didn’t begin long distance running until he was 43. With only twelve weeks of preparation, he crossed his first half-marathon finish line and has been racing ever since. And now he’s here to share his…
Author(s): Scott O. Morton, Krystal Boots

14. Marathon: You Can Do It! (2010)

 Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & RankedMarathon: You Can Do It! details Olympian Jeff Galloway’s revolutionary walk/run training methods that have enabled tens of thousands of people to run marathons. This innovative method opens up marathon running to everyone — not just rock-hard athletes, but also those who may be out of shape, overweight, or past their athletic prime. This updated edition includes the new “magic mile” time trial, fat-burning techniques, adjustments in the weekly schedule to prevent injuries and improve performance, and quick fixes to keep runners motivated during latter stages of marathon….
Author(s): Jeff Galloway

15. Runner’s World Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary 3-Run-a-Week Training Program (2012)

 Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & RankedThe Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (known as FIRST) is dedicated to make running more accessible and limit overtraining and burnout while producing faster race times. FIRST is one of the foremost experts in the world on the science of running; its authority is unmatched and the promise of training less and accomplishing more has made the first two editions of Run Less, Run Faster a solid and steady seller. With 50 percent updated content, this new edition of Runner’s World Run Less, Run Faster by Bill Pierce, Scott Murr, and Ray Moss…
Author(s): Bill Pierce, Scott Murr, et al.

Best Marathon Training Books Reviewed & Ranked

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Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide: Advice, Plans, and Programs for Half and Full Marathons, 5th Revised and Updated Edition

Author(s): Hal Higdon
ID: 2501391, Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, Year: 2020, Size: 18 Mb, Format: epub

Running your first marathon: the complete 20-week marathon training plan

Author(s): Kastor, Andrew
ID: 2708289, Publisher: Rockridge Press, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

IronFit’s Marathons after 40: Smarter Training for the Ageless Athlete

Author(s): Don Fink, Melanie Fink
ID: 1688619, Publisher: , Year: 2017, Size: 8 Mb, Format: epub

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