Smart Marathon Training

Run Your Best Without Running Yourself Ragged

By Jeff Horowitz


Smart Marathon Training maps out a healthier, more economical approach to training that emphasizes quality over quantity.

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Smart Marathon Training maps out a healthier, more economical approach to marathon training that emphasizes quality over quantity.

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.

Paperback with illustrations and tables throughout
6″ x 9″, 224 pp., $18.95, 9781934030745

Smart Marathon Training: Run Your Best Without Running Yourself Ragged

Jeff Horowitz

Shipping Dimensions: 6.01in x 8.92in x 0.64in pp $18.95, Inventory 9781934030745, Shipping 1.00lbs


1: The Plan: Making the case for a high-intensity, low-mileage training program.
2: Key Running Workouts
3: Cross-Training
4: Functional Exercises and Core Strength Program
5: Strength Training and Weight Lifting Program
6: Putting It All Together
7: Avoiding Injury
8: Beyond the Marathon: Ultramarathon, Triathlon, Adventure Racing
9: Six Training Schedules for Half-Marathon and Marathon

APPENDIX A: Race Pace Chart
APPENDIX B: Rate of Perceived Exertion

About the Author

Preview book.

“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, here’s the book for you.” — LAVA magazine

“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

“One of the most comprehensive perspectives on training smarter, not harder, for marathons and half-marathons.” — Personal Fitness Professional

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