The Marathon Method: The 16-Week Training Program that Prepares You to Finish a Full Or Half Marathon at Your Best Time

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Fair Winds Press, Apr 1, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 256 pages
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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.


Some worry that running a marathon will involve hours upon hours of training each week. Others fear that they will become injured. Some veteran marathoners have followed other training plans and experienced both, but Tom's approach is much different. His philosophy of "train less, run your best" will amaze you whether you are running your first marathon or fiftieth. Exercise physiologist and sports performance coach Tom Holland -- an elite endurance athlete himself and sub-3 hour marathoner who has run in more than fifty marathons, three ultramarathons, and a dozen Ironman triathlons around the world will teach you how to properly gear up and train in the sixteen weeks prior to your half or full marathon. So when that starting gun sounds, you'll be equipped with invaluable tips and techniques that will put you in position to run the best race of your life.

The Marathon Method provides you with everything you need to know including:

  • Easy-to-understand advice on nutrition, hydration, and gear
  • Customized training plans for beginner, intermediate, and advanced runners
  • Advice on the mental side of running and how to make your mind go that extra mile
  • Strategies to avoid hitting the infamous 'wall'
  • Tips on pacing, injury prevention, strength training, flexibility, and much more!

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Awesome Book! May never make a marathon but lots of encouraging words and great advise and tips for skills improvement. Read full review

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User Review  - Antonio Farias - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Exercise Physiologist Tom Holland holds a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and has been certified by such organizations as the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a sub-3 hour marathoner and Boston Marathon qualifier and has coached hundreds of people to run marathons from absolute beginners to elite athletes. Tom's athletic resume includes the 36-mile "Run to the Sun" ultramarathon from sea level to the 10,000 foot summit of Haleakala on Maui, the JFK 50-miler and 14 Ironman triathlons with races in Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and South Korea. He is a member of PowerBar's Team Elite and stars in several exercise videos including the best selling "The Abs Diet" workout. He is the author of the 12-Week Triathlete and has written for numerous magazines including Running Times and Inside Triathlon. He has appeared as a fitness expert on Good Morning America and CNN Headline News and is a frequent contributor to the fitness magazines SELF, Women's Health, Fitness and Men's Health. Tom lives in Connecticut.

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