Below is the list of some of the most popular Marathon training plans. I will go into details of each of these in the coming days.
- Hal Higdon is an American writer and runner. He has contributed to Runner’s World magazine longer than any other writer. He is the author of 34 books, including the best-selling Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide. He has worked as a freelance writer since 1959, and has written a variety of subjects including a children’s book that was made into an animated feature.
- Jeff Galloway is a former American Olympian and the author of Galloway’s Book on Running. A lifetime runner, Galloway was an All-American collegiate athlete and a member of the 1972 US Olympic Team in the 10,000 meters. He remains a competitive athlete, continuing through a successful masters running career. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Galloway Productions, which conducts a broad range of training programs and events yearly; he also owns two running specialty stores. He has written several books on training and writes a monthly column for Runner’s World magazine.
- The Furman FIRST training programs are the most detailed, well-organized, and scientific training programs for runners that I have ever seen. For many runners, especially those hard-pressed to find time for their workouts, the Furman FIRST programs will also be the best.
- Marius Bakken is a two-time Olympic runner who has competed in races throughout the world. Recently, he decided to take a break from competing on an international level and pursue his life-long dream of becoming a physician so he enrolled in medical school which he completed in 2010. For two consecutive years Marius Bakken was the second fastest non-African 5k runner in the world with a 13.06.39 personal best.