Sunday, March 21, 2010

Advanced Marathoning



Advanced Marathoning, Second Edition
by Pete Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas

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Every year, for the last three years, I have cracked open this Advanced Marathoning book to read it from cover to cover. You'd think reading it once would be enough. But no. Some of us are dense. And need many reminders.

This book is a great book for anyone who wishes to train for and run a marathon. It's also a great book for those who want to crank their marathon training up a notch. The authors, Pfitzinger and Douglas present a good balance. Pfitzinger is a former U.S. Olympic Marathoner who ran for a living.  This means he did nothing but run, eat and sleep. Douglas, on the other hand, was a competitive athlete who maintained a 40-hour a week job. Since most of us have obligations that keep us from running 20 miles and napping three hours each day, this book presents training plans that are flexible and accommodating to many lifestyles.

I have the first edition of this book. It's great but there are a few changes in the training plans offered in the second edition that made me think it was time to up my edition. I just finished reading this newly improved Advanced Marathoning. New for the second edition, the authors have added Marathon Pace Miles during long runs that weren't included in originally. They say practice makes perfect. Practicing your predicted marathon pace will produce a potential marathon at that pace.

At the end of the book, there's a section that houses nothing but training plans.  They offer plans with speed work and weekly mileage of 55, 70, 85 and more than 85.  Each of those mileage classifications has a 12, 18 or 24 week training plan.

The best chapter in the book, however, is Chapter 3: Balancing Training and Recovery.  This is where I learned that training won't do you diddly unless you learn how to recover and recover well.

Advanced Marathoning is the marathoner's cookbook.

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16 comments:

The petulant ninny said...

Hmmm your last post and now marathoning....


How anti-climactic.

Sparks said...

Yes, Rabid. I want to have dinner with you and the petulant ninny and my husband when we come to town.

Of course I thought that was a really dumb idea until I read the comment above.

Gosh I love you guys.

tom lindsey said...

I like the picture at the end of the chapter where the runner is pushing the tree down.

Lars said...

Have you read Dean Karnazes 50/50 book regarding marathons? Very interesting. I was finishing my bachelors when the Endurance 50 was going on and followed it like a nerd. I would have loved to have participated in one of the mock marathons.

Sparks said...

Dean Karnazes is insane.

Yes, I know he is.

And he's out of his mind.

Sparks said...

I meant, I know WHO he is.

Megan and Keli'i said...

Thanks Rabid! I'll be purchasing this one. Kona's gonna be my first marathon...wish me luck; I'll need it since my feet suck at life.

Aubrey said...

I feel that chapter three could be applied to pretty much any aspect of life.

Go Rabid! You really are an inspiration.

Becca said...

And here this morning I was just thinking that I needed some new reading material....that and a BQ so maybe this was fate!

radracer said...

Nice to see someone else standing on the recovery soapbox. Sounds like I need to read this book.

Winder said...

Thanks for sharing. Not gonna read it and still not gonna run a marathon.

rabidrunner said...

Dean Karnazes is on The Juice. I'm sure of it. No way someone can run that far every day while traveling through the night.

Then again I think everyone better than me is on The Juice.

Lars said...

No juice actually. Exercise physiologists actually studied his blood throughout the entire Endurance 50. He lays it out there on how he does it. He actually pops espresso beans for fuel. Brilliant really. Ultramarathoners fascinate me, as do Ironman triathletes. Guess I have a thing for crazy.

Winder said...

Rabid I think I am proof positive that usually anyone who is better than you is on juice.

Jessica said...

My friend wants me to run a marathon with her. Not sure that running 26.2 miles is something I want to do. Maybe I'll read the book and decide?

Jessica said...

Okay, just looked up that Dean character.

He's a nut job. Just because you can do something, doesn't mean it's a good idea...