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Top 6 Books for Marathon Walking

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Updated August 27, 2011

If you are training to walk a marathon, these marathon training books can help you set a training schedule, pick shoes and gear, learn how to eat and drink for walking endurance.

1. The Complete Guide to Marathon Walking

By Dave McGovern. This is the one book that every marathon walker should own. It includes: Training schedules for slow, medium, and fast walkers. Stretches and walking form, shoe and gear advice, what to wear on race day, food and drink for the marathoner. For the marathon itself, it has advice for starting, middle miles, hitting the wall and finishing, and what to do the "morning after" It also has fundraising advice for those doing charity marathon programs.

2. Marathon : The Ultimate Training Guide

By Hal Higdon. Marathon training for everyone from first-timer to expert, includes building your base, nutrition, injury prevention, race strategy. Written for runners, it can be followed by walkers (at slower speeds) as well.
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3. Marathoning for Mortals

John Bingham, of the Penguin Brigade, subtitles this, "A Regular Person's Guide to the Joy of Running or Walking a Half-Marathon or Marathon." The book includes 8 training programs to run, run-walk, walk-run, or walk the half-marathon and marathon. In addition to covering training, shoes, apparel, and waht to eat, it has advice to physically, mentally, and spiritually reach your dreams.
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4. Absolute Beginner's Guide to Half-Marathon Training

While you may have marathon dreams, it is best to start with walking or running a 5K, 10K, and half-marathon. Heather Hedrick's book is endorsed by the National Institute for Fitness and Sport. It is packed with illustrations, notes on how to stay motivated and tips on how to train without pain.
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5. Marathoning: Start to Finish

Patti and Warren Finke's book is available to order or to read online. It is used as the text for marathon coaching certification with information constantly updated by research and their long experience as marathon coaches. Yet it is easy to read and use.

6. The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer

If you are a first-time marathoner, this book is taken from the highly successful marathon class offered by the University of Northern Iowa, The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer follows a 16-week, four-day-a-week workout plan.
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