One of my favorite things about blogging is when I get to meet my blogger friends in real life. Last night, I met up with Sam from Grapefruit & Granola for some dinner at one of my favorite places in Austin, Moonshine.


It’s amazing how you can know someone from reading their blog and instantly feel like you are friends. Love it! 🙂


Back when I set my goal of cutting 20 minutes off my marathon time to qualify for Boston, I knew that I needed to step up my training and uncovered “Advanced Marathoning” by Pete Pfitzinger. 



Over the past few years, I’ve been following the training plans in this book — even when I was crazy and running a marathon every month or two. So, let’s get into my “Advanced Marathoning” review… 


What I love about “Advanced Marathoning”

  • You learn about the science of marathoning. Yes, there’s a science behind it! Reading this book made everything make sense. Like, why you run your long runs at a minute to minute and a half slower pace than your goal marathon pace. The point of tempo runs and why it’s important that you incorporate speedwork. 
  • Everything will make sense. I remember in my first few marathon training cycles (before I read this book), I never understood why you would run your easy runs at such a slow pace. What’s the point? There’s a major point, along with everything you do in training. You will get it after you read “Advanced Marathoning.” 
  • There are LOTS of training plans to choose from. Whether you are running multiple marathons, have 24 weeks to train or want to run 50 miles a week max, there are a number of training plans included in the book that will help you prepare for your race. 



What you need to know about “Advanced Marathoning”

I’m wording this carefully as there isn’t anything in particular that I don’t like about this book; but rather, some things that others should be aware of if they choose to move forward with this as a training plan. 

The main thing that you need to pull from this “Advanced Marathoning” review is what type of marathon training plans are included in this book. They are pretty much on the opposite spectrum of Hansons Marathon Method.

I feel like these training plans focus on the traditional methods of preparing for a marathon: building up your mileage through hard workouts balanced with long runs reaching 20 miles. For me, it’s the perfect mix — it builds up my physical fitness, but also gives me the mental fitness I need to make it through a long run.

When you are doing this training plan, you’ll be running 14 miles on a Thursday at some point. 14 miles. And I feel like this makes a huge difference, mentally, when you have single digits left in the race and you can draw on the medium-distance runs you did that helped build your strength.  

Additionally, because the training plans are a little more physically challenging, make sure that your body is ready for this. Build up a solid base and accent your training with strength training. And, make sure you respect the rest day.


Overall, I think “Advanced Marathoning” is a great option for people who are looking to take their marathon training to the next level. It presents physical and mental challenges to build your fitness. 


What do you look for in a training plan? What’s the best training plan you’ve tried? 

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