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The Marathon Method: The 16-Week Training Program that Prepares You to Finish a Full or Half Marathon at Your Best Time
Get Ready to Run!A complete guide to training for a half or full marathon in sixteen weeks, this book follows the format of Tom's previous book The 12-Week Triathlete with simply the best advice on how to run your fastest race while staying injury-free. Whether you are a first-time marathoner, trying to set a new "PR" or looking to qualify for Boston, this book is for you. ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Fair Winds Press
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Nov 05, 2009 Thelawgoddess Turner rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone training (or even thinking about training) for a marathon.
I was well into my training when I read this, so I didn't use it to help set up my program. What I did use it for was many of the other great helpful hints it provided -- like making sure you've tried everything you might use in the marathon (including your clothing and fuel). It also helped answer some very basic questions -- like what if I need to pee during the race? It's an easy, informative read, and the author offers some great anecdotes from his own personal experiences.
Solid compilation of practical advice on all aspects of distance training. Only glitch in the plans offered - you have to read chapter 5 carefully in order to really make sense of the training plans otherwise you'll miss core workouts and tempo, speed, and slow balance to the training cycle. Since I have a gym membership, I've modified the weights part to nautilus machines.
The advice is practical, but most of it I have heard before from running friends, internet articles and other sources. I used the intermediate training plan for a half-marathon this June, and I found the plan to be effective for my level of fitness. I am now starting the marathon plan for a race in October. I guess I'll report back and let you know if I finished!
I used this book to prepare for the 2009 Baltimore Marathon. A clear, simple, detailed guide in how to effectively train for a marathon. He provides training schedules (exercises / running) for beginning, intermediate, and advanced runners. A year later, I still reference this book to improve my running.
This is a wonderful guide for anyone planning to run a half or full marathon! Mr. Holland gives tips for training, injury prevention, what to expect, what to do on race day, etc. He addresses all areas of a big race, and does so with authority and experience. Highly recommended for runners!
Great book for anyone who is a beginning runner. Tom Holland isn't at all intimidating, and he gives you easy to follow exercises, stretches, and diet plans to help prepare you for your first race. Great resource for someone who is just getting into running.
I read this book and I ran my first marathon this year. It was useful. I found the running schedule for beginners very practical. I wish he had had more details in some parts of the books specifically when he was talking about diet.
Tom Holland is a renowned Exercise Physiologist and Certified Sports Nutritionist. An elite athlete himself, Holland has completed over 60 marathons and ultramarathons as well as 21 Ironman triathlons around the world. He holds a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and Sport Psychology and has been certified by the CISSN, ACSM, NSCA-CSCS, NASM, ACE, and AFAA. He is the author of The Marathon Metho ...moreMore about Tom Holland...