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Advanced Marathoning-2nd Edition [Paperback]

Peter Pfitzinger , Scott Douglas
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Dec 19 2008

Shave minutes off your time using the latest in science-based training for serious runners. Advanced Marathoning has all the information you need to train smarter, remain injury free, and arrive on the start line ready to run the marathon of your life.

Including marathon-pace runs and tempo runs, Advanced Marathoning provides only the most effective methods of training. You'll learn how to complement your running workouts with strength, core, flexibility, and form training; implement cutting-edge nutrition and hydration strategies and recovery techniques; and taper properly to reach peak performance.

With easy-to-understand day-by-day training schedules for 18- and 12-week preparation for weekly distances of 55, 55 to 70, 70 to 85, and 85-plus miles, Advanced Marathoning is simply the most comprehensive and efficient approach to marathoning. If you're ready to achieve your personal best, this book is for you.


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Authority on Marathon Running March 27 2009
By C.M.
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Advance from completing a marathon, to racing a marathon! Jan. 22 2010
By Kevin Sheen - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced Marathoning Gets Even Better Jan. 13 2009
By Duncan J. Larkin - Published on Amazon.com
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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
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent detailed analysis and a great virtual coach April 12 2013
By Kishore Duddekunta - Published on Amazon.com
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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
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to PR, read this, then follow it. Nov. 23 2010
By KEVIN M BRENNAN - Published on Amazon.com
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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."
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good resource for the next step Dec 29 2009
By Ilgaz Kuruyazici - Published on Amazon.com
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First time marathoners have usually the same goal; finishing the marathon. It is a hard challange to run the 26 miles. There are really good books to keep you motivated and push forward to finish the marathon succesfully. But what next? Will you just "run" the marathon in rest of your running life? It is not easy to shorten the finish time just with milage and distance training. There are different bio-mechanichal points you should improve for a better time result. This book is a good guide to learn what is happening inside your body while preparing and running the marathon. You can find detailed programs for different running levels. As mentioned in the book, there are three kind of people on a marathon; the "participants" who try just the finish the maraton without paying attention for the timing, the "runners" who try to finish the marathon running without walk breaks, and "racers" with finishing time goals. If you will upgrade yourself from being a participant to the next levels, this book is a good resource for you.
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