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Excerpts — Hal Higdon's Half Marathon Training

Staying in Shape

Stacey Saunders, 38, a stay-at-home mom from Irmo, South Carolina, started running in June 1999 because she faced something new and unwanted: a permanent off-season. "Out of college, I had nothing to train for anymore after more than eight years of team sports," she says.

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Novice Training Programs

Let’s begin by defining the workouts for novice 1. When you begin novice 1, the first workout you encounter on Monday (and all Mondays) is rest. It may seem counterproductive to consider rest a workout, but rest is as important a part of your training as the running.

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Walking Training Program

Once you have chosen your half marathon, the secret to success is consistency. There’s that word again, but you need to make walking a regular habit - a daily habit, not just something you do on the weekends or when the weather is nice.

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Beginning Runner's Guide

In 1997, Amby Burfoot, an editor of Runner’s World, asked me to write a Beginning Runner’s Guide for the magazine’s first venture onto the Internet. Much of the information contained in that guide (later published as a booklet) remains valid today.

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