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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (Dec 19 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736074600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736074605
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"For anyone serious about running, Advanced Marathoning offers the latest information for optimizing performance. If you are preparing for a marathon, I highly recommend this book."

Meb Keflezighi

2014 Boston Marathon Champion

2009 ING New York City Marathon Champion
2004 Olympic Marathon Silver Medalist

"After retiring from competition as an elite middle-distance runner, I decided to try marathons. All of my training has been based on what I learned in Advanced Marathoning, and I haven't been disappointed. Read this book, stick to the program, follow their advice, and I guarantee that you will be ready to run a great marathon."
Steve Holman
1992 U.S. Olympic track and field team member (1,500 meters)
Ranked fourth in the world in 1995 and fifth in 1994

About the Author

Pete Pfitzinger ran in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic marathons, both times finishing as the top American. With a personal best of 2:11:43, Pfitzinger is a two-time winner of the San Francisco Marathon and placed third in the 1987 New York City Marathon. He was ranked the top American marathoner in 1984 by Track & Field News, and he is a member of the Road Runners Club of America's Hall of Fame. Currently the chief executive of the New Zealand Academy of Sport in Auckland, he has written all or parts of two other books on running and was a senior writer for Running Times from 1997 to 2007, in which his popular column, “The Pfitzinger Lab Report,” appeared.

Scott Douglas is a freelance writer and editor with more than 15 years of professional journalism experience related to running. A former editor of Running Times, he is a regular contributor to Runner's World and Running Times and has coauthored four books on running, including two with running legend Bill Rodgers.

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This book is the second edition of what has already been the most popular book for serious marathoners. It is comprehensive in its information. Only those wishing to actually improve their times in the marathon need follow the instructions!
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I have used this book for three marathons now and have brought down my time from 4:05 to 3:10. Qualified for Boston on my second marathon with the help of this book. For serious runners.
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By JP Morency on April 9 2012
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Thank you, perfect! Great book, lots of useful info! Will be really helpful with my training. I'll use it again and again.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Advance from completing a marathon, to racing a marathon! Jan. 22 2010
By Kevin Sheen - Published on
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Having logged a few marathons under my belt, I found a lot of programs and books out there were focused on the largest crowd. Those either wanting to complete a marathon, or those running less than 50 miles per week. But what I really wanted was a book on 'racing' a marathon. Specifically - how do I get as fast as my genetics (and age) will allow? I wanted programs that would push me further (safely) and make me work towards a PR of a sub-3 hour marathon in the next couple years.

I stumbled upon this book because of the other reviews, and thought I would echo the high ratings of this book. I'm now halfway through a 22 week program I put together from this book. The programs are actually 12 or 18 weeks, but I used the recovery section and the guidance presented in the book to ramp-up my mileage a little between my last marathon and my next one.

The book and the included plans are not for the faint of heart. The 'easiest' plan maxes at 55 miles per week. I'm on the 55-70 mile plan and it's tough! There are 70-85 mile plans and even a section on 100+ mile weeks and multi-marathoning in shorter periods of time that are thought to be sane.

The first part of the book provides a great overview of the concepts and guidelines that forms the basis of the plans. I've read a lot of articles and books on running, but there were some great new lessons learned and understanding I got from the first part of this book.

The second part are the plans. Even though you'll latch onto the one that best serves your needs, I found it very educational to go through each of them and see how they differed in their construction. It's not just the same plan with different mileages per day. The workouts and weeks are structured differently too.

The plan has me right on that razor edge of fatigue almost all the time. I feel I can go into my workouts strong, but you can definitely feel a little residue from the previous days. And just when you feel like you need a recovery run or day off, it's right there.

Results wise, I'm getting faster. I always felt that if you want to run distance faster, then you have to practice running distance fast. And the book shows you how to do that without over-taxing your system and burning out. I've also realized the importance of running my recovery workouts easier so I'm ready for the next quality workout. It makes every day interesting to have a theme or point to the workout - but I still enjoy the runs too - and that's kind of what it's about!

Great book - definitely differentiated from the bulk of what's out there.
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Advanced Marathoning Gets Even Better Jan. 13 2009
By Duncan J. Larkin - Published on
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In the fall of 2003, my marathon PR was just below the Boston qualifying standard for my age: 3:08. I wanted to run better, but needed help. One day in a bookstore, I came across Scott and Pete's book. I thumbed through it and decided it was worth a shot.

I read it cover to cover that night and tore out the schedules. I posted them to my wall next to my treadmill. I followed them religiously. In 2004. I took my marathon PR down to 2:42. I then ran back-to-back marathons using the multiple marathoning schedule. In 2005, I dipped under 2:40 and in 2006, I cracked the top 300 U.S. list with a 2:32 PR. Admittedly, a book won't do the running for you; it won't get you out in the rain or get you to run that final 1200-meter repeat, but it does tell you what you need to do.

Scott Douglas' cogent writing paired with Pete's brilliant coaching expertise make this a readable, practical book. The second edition is even better. I enjoyed the addition of the easy-to-grasp flexibility/strength training diagrams as well as the inclusion of drills.

If you want to improve your marathon time, this book is for you. Buy it, put it on your bookshelf and consult it. Trust me, you won't regret spending the money
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Excellent detailed analysis and a great virtual coach April 12 2013
By KD - Published on
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Iam planning to run my first marathon in 2013 and was looking around for different tools to help me get a BQ qualifying time. I reviewed a bunch of different books before making a decision to follow the training plan in this book. This book gave me a detailed analysis of what i need to do to complete a marathon and train with a goal.

As a Beginner i was running almost every day and putting in mileage but i wasn't happy with my pace. This books contains details about speed runs, tempo runs, lactate threshold runs and others that will make you run fast. I had incorporated these runs and my pace has increased over 50 sec/mile in the last 4 months

At the end of the day it is the hunger to win that matters. The book can be a guidance but you know how badly you want to improve.

This book is not for runners who just want to finish a marathon. It is for anyone looking to improve their endurance, speed and finish time
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
If you want to PR, read this, then follow it. Nov. 23 2010
By KEVIN M BRENNAN - Published on
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I had a copy of this that i bought two years ago anfter failing in three straight attempts to qualify for Boston. I read this, followed it (70 mpw). Best marathon of the 16 I had run to that point. No wall, no slowing, very little pain. (BQ by 90 seconds, smiling as I crossed the line.) Best money I have ever spent on any book, period.
This copy - I bought as a gift for somebody who remarked to me at mile 25 of a recent marathon "I will never run another marathon again unless I am properly trained."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Training schedules for Advanced Runners July 14 2010
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Book prerequisites- Just as the title suggests, this is not a beginning marathoner's book. The low end training schedule starts at 55 miles/week. You shouldn't even consider starting a training schedule from this book unless you've been training at a 40-45 miles per week level. However, there is still useful information to be had even if you don't use the training programs.
When striving to improve your marathon performance, you will come to learn that speedwork (typically avoided by beginners) is something eventually essential to further improvement. I was in this very group of speedwork-averse runners. Having made it half way thru the 55 mile per week training schedule at this point in time, I've realized just how well balanced the training program is. It's hard work, but the distance runnning, speedwork, and recovery run balance of the program is excellent. I no longer fear speedwork as a result and actually look forward to it.
To conclude, this book contains the best intermediate to advanced training programs I've seen so far and I highly recommend them. If trying to BQ is in your rearview mirror, this book is a logical next step.