How Smart Marathon Training Is Different from Run Less, Run Faster

My publisher has seen a few reader comments about how Smart Marathon Training seems similar to a book called Run Less, Run Faster. Both books limit running to three runs a week, but the differences go quite a bit deeper than the similarities. Let’s take a look.

While Smart Marathon Training and Run Less, Run Faster both reduce the amount of running required, Run Less, Run Faster is focused almost entirely on attaining specific Boston Qualifying times. Smart Marathon Training strives to help runners attain balanced training and better race times in any marathon and half-marathon. Because Smart Marathon Training isn’t tethered to specific race times, the approach works for all marathon and half-marathons.

Smart Marathon Training also goes deep into strength training and core strength to correct weaknesses and imbalances that often lead to injury. Where Run Less, Run Faster offers 6 strength workouts, Smart Marathon Training offers more than 75. Many coaches agree that crosstraining and core strength are important, but Smart Marathon Training really walks the walk, offering runners precise ways to train rather than general guidelines.

Smart Marathon Training is the first book to offer a fully developed plan that completely integrates core, strength, and crosstraining. Runners will be better prepared for any marathon or half-marathon with my more comprehensive approach.

Please see for yourself. Click here to learn more about Smart Marathon Training.


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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