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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Hal Higdon  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1931 in Chicago,Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Hal was born and raised in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago's Laboratory School, where he began his running career.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hal Higdon is a writer and runner, who has written over 30 books, including books for children.

Published Works

  • The Electronic Olympics , Henry Holt, 1971
  • The Complete Diet Guide for Runners and Other Athletes, Macmillan, 1978
  • Boston, a Century of Running : Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Boston Athletic Association Marathon , Rodale Book, 1995
  • Hal Higdon's How to Train: The Best Programs, Workouts, And Schedules For Runners Of All Ages , Rodale Book, 1997
  • Hal Higdon's Smart Running: Expert Advice On Training, Motivation, Injury Prevention, Nutrition And Good Health , Rodael Books, 1998
  • Leopold and Loeb: The Crime of the Century, University of Illinois Press, 1999
  • Run Fast: How to Beat Your Best Time Every Time, Rodael Books, 2000
  • Run Dogs Run (with Dana Summers), Roadrunner Press, 2003
  • Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide , Rodael Books, 2005
  • The Gigantic Book of Running Quotations, Skyhorse, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

The Complete diet guide for runners and other athletes.
ISBN: 0890370907. OCLC Number:

World Publications,. Mountain View, CA :. ©1978.

Boston :
ISBN: 0875962831. OCLC Number:

Rodale Press ;. Emmaus, Pa. :. ©1995.

Documents the one-hundred-year history of the Boston Marathon, highlighting multiple winners and the inclusion of women.

Hal Higdon's how to train :
ISBN: 0875963528. OCLC Number:

Rodale Press ;. Emmaus, Pa. :. ©1997.

Provides a guide to running safely and setting realistic running goals and includes discussions on aquarunning, getting children involved in running, and running programs created especially for women.

Hal Higdon's smart running :
ISBN: 0875965350. OCLC Number:

Rodale Press ;. Emmaus, Pa. :. ©1998.

Presents questions and answers from the "Ask the Experts" column on America Online, with tips on equipment, technique, training, racing, and health and fitness.

Leopold and Loeb :
ISBN: 0252068297. OCLC Number:

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Provides an account of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb's killing of fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks, their celebrity, and their ultimate emergence as folk heroes.

Run fast :
ISBN: 1579542697. OCLC Number:

Rodale ;. [Emmaus, Pa.] :. ©2000.

Features speed programs for every distance: 5-K, 10-K, half-marathon, and marathon.

Run, dogs, run! /
ISBN: 0963634631. OCLC Number:

Roadrunner Press,. Michigan City Ind. :. ©2000.

Marathon :
ISBN: 1594861994. OCLC Number:

Rodale,. Emmaus, Penn. :. ©2005.

Features instructions for runners of all ability levels on preparing for a marathon, including training schedules, advice on diet, defensive running strategies, and tips for staying motivated.

The gigantic book of running quotations /
ISBN: 160239251X. OCLC Number:

Skyhorse Pub.,. New York :. 2008.

George Sheehan, a celebrated running writer, philosopher, and physician, once wrote, The more I run, the more certain I am that I am heading for my real goal: to become the person I am. Today, many runners?whether they are training for the Olympics or whether they fit runs into their lunch hours?would agree that for them the sport is much more than a way to stay in shape. Their running defines who they are and leads them to achieve goals that they might never have thought possible. This tremendous collection of wisdom captures the spirit and passion of those who run in over 3,000 entries, covering topics such as training, gear, running philosophy, and running in youth and old age. The Gigantic Book of Running Wisdom will inspire everyone from seasoned marathoners to running novices. It includes thoughts from famous athletes, writers, politicians, and more, including Percy Cerutty, Carl Lewis, Tom Brokaw, David Letterman, William Shakespeare, Farrah Fawcett, Emil Ztopek, Bill Rodgers, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sebastian Coe, Bill Clinton, Grete Waitz, Roger Bannister, and hundreds of others. The one thing they all have in common is their understanding that, as Amby Burfoot put it, As we run, we become.

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