I wish I read this book 4 weeks before. That would have let me follow one of their shorter programs for Boston (eight weeks to go!) and I could have avoided the calf/Achilles tendon strain that put me off the training past three weeks! Ugh!!
In Advanced Marathoning, Pete Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas explain each aspect of training in detail and provide integrated solutions and training schedules for experienced marathoners. Their training methods and recommendations are convincing, because they explain it in science. For example, they break down why ‘hitting the wall’ happens and explain the physiology behind the phenomenon. Then, they explain what need to happen in order not to hit the wall in science. They do not explain anything with anecdotal facts or even common sense. There are other books that provide similar concepts, training methods and schedules, but this book is much more complete than others I have read.
This book is perfect for those who are training on his or her own without a coach or nutritionist. This book will tell him or her when to train hard and when not to (and explain why). It will also tell him or her the optimal carb loading during the training and before the big race.
Having read a few chapters, I decided to place an order in the local bookstore, so that I can have my own copy of this book and re-read as necessary during my training. Great book.