Synopses & Reviews
Old-school marathon training plans ask runners to crank out 70 to 100 miles a week. It's no wonder those who make it to the start line are running ragged. Smart Marathon Training maps out a healthier, more economical approach to training that emphasizes quality over quantity. This innovative program eliminates junk miles, paring down training to three essential runs per week and adding a dynamic strength and cross-training program to build overall fitness. Runners will train for their best performance in less time and avoid the injuries, overtraining, and burnout that come from running too much.
Smart Marathon Training builds up a runner's body to resist injury. Runners gain the strength they need to run long using functional exercises that target the hips, glutes, and quads. Running is a full-body sport, so this training program also builds a strong core and upper body to avoid injuries that begin above the waist.
No one fakes a marathon or half-marathon—everyone has to do the work. But Smart Marathon Training replaces long, grinding miles with low-impact cross-training. Horowitz outlines a cycling plan to complement run workouts, boosting base fitness while saving runners' bodies for their best runs.
With more than 75 detailed exercises plus six easy-to-follow training plans for half- and full marathons, Smart Marathon Training will get you to the start line feeling refreshed and ready to run your best race yet.
“A less-is-more, quality-over-quantity philosophy.” — Triathlete magazine
“Maybe this year’s the year you focus your energies on the marathon. And if you do, Smart Marathon Training
is the book for you.” — LAVA magazine
“I recommend Smart Marathon Training
for those who also like to bike and want to have a more focused training program for developing speed, not just distance.” — Run Oregon
“[Smart Marathon Training
is] one of the most comprehensive perspectives on training smarter, not harder, for marathons and half-marathons.” — Personal Fitness Professional
“Smart Marathon Training
is a great primer for anyone looking to move beyond the 10K…A great reference for any runner’s library.” — MidWest Multisport Life
“Jeff Horowitz shows that the marathon is a journey of the body and soul, and he's got 100 marathons’ worth of great stories to prove it.” — Grete Waitz, on Horowitz’s first book My First 100 Marathons
Too many runners train for marathons and half-marathons only to find themselves injured before they even get to the starting line. They overtrain, functioning under the notion that if some running is good, then more must be better.
Smart Marathon Training maps out a healthier, more streamlined approach to training for distance races, one that emphasizes quality over quantity. The book offers an innovative plan that pares down marathon training to the essential runs and not a step more, combining these with a solid strength and cross-training program.
Through this sensible approach to marathon training, runners will arrive at the start line fresh, free of injury, and prepared for their best race yet.
Train better, run smarter.
Old-school marathon training plans ask runners to crank out 70 to 100 miles a week. Upside: Plenty of miles. Downside: You’re running ragged by race day. With Smart Marathon Training, you can train for your best performance in a marathon or half marathon with fewer miles, in much less time. And you will avoid the injuries that come from running too much.
Smart Marathon Training maps out a healthy, economical approach to training, emphasizing quality over quantity. By eliminating junk miles, this innovative program pares down training to three essential runs per week and then adds a dynamic strength and cross-training program to build overall fitness. You’ll sidestep burnout and overtraining while increasing strength, power, and resistance to injury.
With more than 75 detailed exercises, plus six easy-to-follow training plans for half- and full marathons, Smart Marathon Training will get you to the start line feeling fresh and ready for your best race.
Features 6 marathon and half-marathon training plans
About the Author
Jeff Horowitz is a certified running and triathlon coach, a personal trainer, and has run more than 150 marathons across 6 continents. Formerly an attorney, he quit law to pursue his passion for endurance sport, and now works with DC Tri, The Nations Triathlon, and the non-profit summer camp ACHIEVE Kids Tri, as well as Strides for Hope, a charity fundraising training group that benefits The Wellness Community.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 -- THE PLAN
Making the case for a high-intensity, low-mileage training program.
CHAPTER 2 -- THE KEY RUNNING WORKOUTS
THE BIG CLIMB
THE INTERVAL RUN
THE LONG RUN
THE TEMPO RUN
CHAPTER 4 – BUILDING BALANCE AND CORE STRENGTH
Contains 40 illustrated exercises plus an anatomy chart.
CHAPTER 5 – STRENGTH TRAINING AND WEIGHTLIFTING
Contains 35+ illustrated exercises plus anatomy chart
CHAPTER 6 -- PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Picking a race, writing your training plan, planning a race day strategy
CHAPTER 7 – AVOIDING INJURY
CHAPTER 8--BEYOND THE MARATHON
Finding new challenges: The Ultramarathon, The Triathlon, Adventure races
CHAPTER 9--SAMPLE TRAINING SCHEDULES
Six training schedules for the experienced, advanced, and competitive runner for the half and full-marathon, that incorporates this book’s approach to training.
APPENDIX 1: Race Pace Chart
APPENDIX 2: Finish Time Predictor