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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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Electronic Olympics
ISBN: 0030802245

Henry Holt & Company, Inc.. 1971

The Complete Diet Guide for Runners and Other Athletes.
ISBN: 0890370907

MacMillan Publishing Company. 1978

Fitness, Runners, Diet

Boston, a Century of Running: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Boston Athletic Association Marathon
ISBN: 0875962831

Rodale Books. 1995

Celebrates the one-hundredth anniversary of the prestigious race with behind-the-scenes accounts from the people involved, never-before-published photographs from every decade, an original course map, and much more. Serial rights, Runner's World.

Hal Higdon's How to Train: The Best Programs, Workouts, And Schedules For Runners Of All Ages
ISBN: 0875963528

Rodale Books. 1997

The Fast Path To Running Success

If you have a running goal, How to Train can help you achieve it-- faster, easier, smarter. Drawing on the collective wisdom of the world's top coaches, trainers, and athletes, Hal Higdon provides time-tested programs and workouts for all levels of runners with every conceivable goal. Featuring more than 100 charts and schedules to conquer any running challenge, How to Train is an indispensable reference that you will use for as long as you own running shoes.

Some of what you'll find inside:

* A 35-day program to get you started
* Fitness walking and racewalking schedules
* 5-K routines for the first-timer or more advanced runner
* Greg Meyer's program for the 25-K
* Running schedules exclusively for women
* How to compete in marathons just weeks apart
* Vern Gambetta's strength-training routine
* Routines for coming back from injuries
* Benji Durden's 84-week schedule for advanced marathoners
* Ultramarathon schedules up to 100-K
* The latest methods and workouts for aquarunning
* A triple-threat program for the triathlon
* Workouts for track, summer cross-country, and girls' cross country
* A fun program to get children involved in running
* Tips on how to run in hot and cold weather

Hal Higdon's Smart Running: Expert Advice On Training, Motivation, Injury Prevention, Nutrition And Good Health
ISBN: 0875965350

Rodale Books. 1998

Your running questions answered.

As the expert on Runner's World magazine's Web site, Hal Higdon receives nearly 1,000 questions a month from runners around he world. Questions from how to heal shinsplints to how to use running to safely shed pounds. Hal taps into 40 years of running experience and a wide network of exercise scientists and doctors to bring readers sound advice. And in Hal Higdon's Smart Running, he brings this same experience and knowledge to new and veteran runners.

You'll discover:

* How to fit running into a busy lifestyle
* What the best program is to lose weight
* How to run a faster 5-K
* How to motivate yourself to exercise consistently
* If you are ready to run a marathon
* What the best types of running shoes are
* What the difference is between muscle soreness and an injury
* What to eat before a race
* How to run safely at night
* How much cross-training should be in your running program
* If you should run less as you get older
* How to train for a marathon
* If your diet should be high in carbohydrates
* How much speedwork should be in your workouts
* What the newest fabrics in running clothes are

Leopold and Loeb: The Crime of the Century
ISBN: 0252068297

University of Illinois Press. 1999

Among the criminal celebrities of Prohibition-era Chicago, not even Al Capone was more notorious than two well-educated and highly intelligent Jewish boys from wealthy South Side families. In a meticulously planned murder scheme disguised as a kidnapping, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb chose fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks at random as their victim, abandoning his crumpled body in a culvert before his parents had a chance to respond to the ransom demand. Revealing secret testimony and raising questions that have gone unanswered for decades, Hal Higdon separates fact from myth as he unravels the crime, the investigation, and the trial, in which Leopold and Loeb were defended by the era's most famous attorney, Clarence Darrow. Higdon's razor sharp account of their chilling act, their celebrity, and their ultimate emergence as folk heroes resonates unnervingly in our own violent time.

Run Fast: How to Beat Your Best Time -- Every Time
ISBN: 1579542697

Rodale Books. 2000

Train for Speed...Feel Great!

Are you looking for better race times, whether you run 5-Ks or marathons? Searching for that ultimate, exhilarating moment when you're running faster than ever before? Or do you just want to get healthy and have more fun when you run?

You can run faster, and this book will show you how. Much more than a training guide, this classic volume-- completely revised and updated for runners of every caliber-- spells out a complete program to help you increase your speed, improve your times, and motivate yourself to achieve your running goals. You'll see how to:

* Shave time off your Personal Record
* Make speedwork count-- and avoid the risk of associated pain and injuries
* Make the most of limited training time
* Build more muscle to boost your speed
* Achieve a smooth stride and an efficient, economical running form
* Listen to yourself and be your own best coach

You'll discover magic workouts that both improve your speed and make training fun. And, if you've taken an exercise break, you'll see how to get back in shape and back on track, with faster times than ever before.

Packed with stories and tips from coaches, record holders, and average runners alike, Run Fast by Hal Higdon is brimming with inspiration. Experience the thrill of better race times, the satisfaction of running strong, and the sheer joy that comes from running faster than ever before.

Run, Dogs, Run!
ISBN: 0963634631

Roadrunner Press. 2003

Run Dogs Run! was created by author Hal Higdon and cartoonist Dana Summers for beginning readers, aged three to eight. The 56-page book combines Summers’ art featuring funny dogs doing whacky things with Higdon’s tightly written captions. The book is aimed at children, whose parents may be runners, but any runner or dog-lover will love to have a copy of Run, Dogs, Run! on his or her coffee table.

Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide
ISBN: 1594861994

Rodale Books. 2005

With over 50% new material, this category killer is sure to go the distance

When the previous edition of Hal Higdon's superb training guide appeared, Grete Waitz, 9-time winner of the New York City Marathon, cheered: "Higdon's years of marathoning experience come through in this practical book. Aspiring or veteran marathoners will benefit enormously from its proven guidance."

This new edition focuses on first marathoners, women runners, and those new to the sport and as always, Higdon shows how to build up mileage and gives advice on running long, speedwork for distance runners, defensive running strategies, and planning for peak performance.

The Gigantic Book of Running Quotations
ISBN: 160239251X

Skyhorse Publishing. 2008

Book by Higdon, Hal

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