Podcasts Run with Fitpage Ep 23: Hal Higdon Talks About How To Start Walking and Running and Improve Progressively
Ep 23: Hal Higdon Talks About How To Start Walking and Running and Improve Progressively

Ep 23: Hal Higdon Talks About How To Start Walking and Running and Improve Progressively

Hal Higdon is one of the biggest names in the field of running and journalism. He participated in his first marathon (Boston) in 1959. Hal turned 90 this June and has been writing and running for over half a century.
In this episode of Run With Fitpage, Hal Higdon discusses making progressive improvements through walking and running with our host Vikas Singh.
Episode Summary:
00:00 – About this episode
02:40 – Welcoming Hal Higdon to the show!
04:14 – Start of the journey to becoming a legend
08:34 – How did Hal observe the training principles – for elites and beginners
14:13 – The importance of slow runs – running and training tips from Hal Higdon
21:26 – How should beginners assess their fitness levels before getting started?
23:54 – How should people set their goals?
26:37 – How to get faster quickly? What is the right way? – Periodization
32:50 – Is weekly mileage important?
34:34 – WHat are the benefits of coaching? Why should one train under a coach?
40:40 – Hal’s favourite books – don’t forget to read these!
43:39 – Hal Higdon’s advice to runners
Guest Profile:
Hal Higdon began running as a student at the University of Chicago Lab School and continued running competitively at Carleton College in Minnesota, where he won several conference championships. After school, Hal competed 8 times in the Olympic Trials, notching his best finish as 5th place at the 1960 Trials in the 3000-meter steeplechase. His World Masters Championships M40 record of 9:18.6 in the steeplechase (set in 1975) remains the oldest American masters record in the books. He also is the author of more than three dozen books, including Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide. One of the founders in 1958 of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), Higdon received that organization’s Journalism Award in 1980 and was named to the RRCA Hall of Fame.
To connect with Hal Higdon, visit www.halhigdon.com/
Host Profile:
Vikas Singh, an MBA from Chicago Booth, worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, APGlobale and Reliance before coming up with an idea of democratizing fitness knowledge and help beginners get on a fitness journey. Vikas is an avid long-distance runner himself, building fitpage to help people learn, train, and move better.
For more information on Vikas, you can reach out to him via the channels below:
Instagram: @vikas_singhh
LinkedIn: Vikas Singh
Gmail: vikas@fitpage.in
About the Podcast: Run with Fitpage
This podcast series is built with a focus on bringing science and research from the endurance sports industry. These may help you learn and implement these in your training, recovery, and nutrition journey. We invite coaches, exercise scientists, researchers, nutritionists, doctors, and inspiring athletes to come and share their knowledge and stories with us. So, whether you’re just getting started with running or want to get better at it, this podcast is for you!
Learn more about fitness and nutrition on our website www.fitpage.in
This podcast has been recorded via Zoom Conferencing.