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Marathoning A to Z: Over 400 Ways to Run Better, Faster, and Smarter
Everything you need to know about training and running in one easy-to-use encyclopedia of marathon wisdom.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by The Lyons Press
(first published April 1st 2002)
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“Marathoning A-Z” and was written by Hal Higdon (2002©). The book is sub-titled: “500 Ways to Run Better, Faster,and Smarter“. The book is a series of alphabetically sorted snippets from his question and answer columns and emails about running. The book is a very fast read. This is partly because each offering truly is a snippet and partly because there is almost nothing stated which makes one pause to think. As such, I could not recommend this book to any but the most rank beginner of a runner. ...more
A quick read, I liked that the entries were alphabetized for fast reading. Had a few good points that were helpful, but overall I wouldn't recommend as the best "marathon" read out there. And despite Hal Higdon's personal success in running and teaching others about running, he does start to wear on me, especially with some of his advice that seems a little bit cheesy and silly at times. Seems a bit outdated, even though things probably haven't changed that much in running since it was written. ...more
This book had some good, quick marathon training facts. It is set up like an encyclopedia---topics are in alphabetical order with a short paragraph of information. While I wished some topics were covered more in-depth, I still appreciated much of the advice and words of wisdom from this long-time champion marathon runner/trainer.
Hal Higdon is an American writer and runner. He has contributed to Runner's World magazine longer than any other writer. He is the author of 34 books, including the best-selling Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide. He has worked as a freelance writer since 1959, and has written a variety of subjects including a children's book that was made into an animated feature. He ran eight times in the Uni ...moreMore about Hal Higdon
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