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10 time tested truths for Guaranteed  Marathon Success
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There’s nothing really complicated about running a marathon:
You just line up at point A and run to point B.

But learning how to maximize performance between those two points can take dozens of marathons run over a period of years.
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That’s what makes MARATHON: The Ultimate Training Guide such a HUGE help to you!

This definitive guide gives you the benefit of more than 100 marathons of experience from Runner’s World contributing editor Hal Higdon — plus decades of practical, research-proven know-how from top physiologists, marathoners, and sports fitness experts.

Top 10 Training Truths
The result: The best of the best training advice, founded squarely on what works for superior marathon and half marathon performance race after race, based on these 10 time-tested training truths:
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“Graduated progression” is the hallmark of every marathon training program. But where should you start? How far should you go for your longest run? When should you begin to taper for best results? You’ll discover the answers to these and other questions in MARATHON: The Ultimate Training Guide.

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The purpose of training is to break the body down so it will rebuild itself stronger than before. It’s when you fail to allow time for this rebuilding phase that problems occur. In MARATHON: The Ultimate Training Guide, you’ll discover the best training and cross-training tactics to safely build strength and endurance.

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Another way to build physical AND mental rest into your workouts is to periodically ease up on your weekly mileage. But how much should you ease up and when? You’ll find out in MARATHON: The Ultimate Training Guide.

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Speed training can help improve your performance and form as it builds in variety and excitement. But will it help or hinder your training? Find out in MARATHON: The Ultimate Training Guide.

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Almost anybody can run 26 miles if they run at the right pace. But finding the right pace isn’t as easy as it seems! Run too fast and you’ll crash; run slow at the start and it’s a guaranteed finish. MARATHON: The Ultimate Training Guide helps you find the perfect balance!

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Consistency with a purpose is critical to success with a marathon. Every workout is important — even a 3-miler at an easy pace. But should you be a slave to your training schedule? Is there room for healthy flexibility? Get the answers in MARATHON: The Ultimate Training Guide.

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Eating intelligently is a key to marathon success. If you make poor food choices, you compromise your ability to train hard. But what’s the optimal ratio of fats, carbs, and protein? When should you start carbo- loading? Is there room for junk food? Find out in MARATHON: The Ultimate Training Guide.

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Make your mistakes in workouts or unimportant races so you can make corrections for race day. And once you decide on race day strategy, stick with it! See why it’s important to practice drinking on the run, running in crowds, what and when you eat, and more in MARATHON: The Ultimate Training Guide.

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Tapering before your marathon helps heal damaged and fatigued muscles and promote maximum storage of glycogen. But how much taper is enough? How fast should your training runs be? Should you run the day before a marathon? Find out in MARATHON: The Ultimate Training Guide.

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No doubt about it, you need encouragement and motivation to run 26 miles. Ultimately, it comes from within. But in MARATHON: The Ultimate Training Guide, you’ll find motivating quotes from runners of all ages and backgrounds to keep you psyched all the way!

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Step-by-Step Advice  for Your Best Time …  and the Time of Your Life!
The 3 best ways to recover more quickly from long runs. Page 89
 
Smart stretching strategies that help minimize your chance of injury. Page 137
 
 
Plan for peak performance with the proven “periodization” training strategy. Page 141
 
 
The 5 key parts of a precision pre-race taper for your best possible marathon, when to start carbo-loading, plus strategies for the 24 hours before the race! Page 172
 
 
7 ways to prevent muscle cramps that can arise about 18–20 miles into a marathon. Essential tips,
page 237.
 
 
Why carbo-loading shouldn’t stop with the pasta dinner. Best bets for fueling up for your best marathon.
Page 192
 
 
How to stay mentally focused mile after mile. Smart mind games to keep you moving, page 247.
 
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