Hal Higdon Marathon Training Program - Novice 2 Health & Fitness App Review (iOS, $9.99)


Languages: English

Seller: Bluefin Software, LLC

- Optimized for iOS 7
- Dropped support for iOS 5
- New RunHelper Connect features

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
3 Ratings
All Versions:
18 Ratings
Health & FitnessPaidIOS


Get ready for your first Marathon by training with Hal Higdon the best known running author and athlete. His training programs have helped thousands reach their running goals, and this marathon app will help you get to the starting line with confidence.

Hal Higdon's many accomplishments include:

* Author of 35 books, including the best-selling Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide and a new novel, Marathon
* Completed 111 marathons winning four overall as well as numerous age-group firsts
* Holds the current M40 and M45 American records for the steeplechase
* Is one of the founders of Round Runners Club of America
* Has contributed to Runner's World magazine longer than any other writer

This Novice 2 Marathon Training Program is designed both for beginning runners who want to prepare for their first 26.2-mile race, but also for experienced runners interested in a fail safe program that will allow them to excel without making excessive demands upon their time.

Novice 2 is designed for those who have been running a while, who may even have finished a 10K or half marathon, and the marathon presents the next step upward. There is slightly more mileage in Novice 2 versus Novice 1, just enough to guarantee a higher level of readiness come race day.

Before starting to train for a marathon, you need to possess a basic fitness level. If you are over age 35, you probably should see your doctor for a physical exam, but assuming no major health problems, most healthy people can train themselves to complete a 26.2-mile race.

The training plan assumes you have the ability to run 3 miles, three to four times a week. If that seems difficult, consider a shorter distance for your first race. You can try our best selling Ease into 5K app which will prepare you to run 3 miles three times a week.

* Novice 2 Training Plan
* Eighteen weeks long
* Run four days a week
* Cross train one day a week
* Rest two days a week
* Three regular runs a week + one long run each week
* Long runs range from 6 to 20 miles
* The plan finishes with the Marathon race day

* Hal Higdon's voice will encourage you during your runs
* Distance and pace automatically tracked with built in GPS
* Metric units support
* Training schedule at your fingertips
* Home screen shows a visual indicator of your training progress
* Select your own music and skip tracks without leaving the app
* Half point alert, letting you know when to turn back
* Share your workouts on Facebook and Twitter right from your app
* Lock Screen prevents accidental button activation during workouts
* Excellent customer support
* Journal screen lets you document your run
* Keep track of your runs on the in app calendar
* Beautiful graphs show your progress
* Set a goal for distance, pace, weight loss, and distance ran
* See your run on a map*
* Sync your runs with TrainingPeaks software online directly from your mobile device


- Redesigned workout Journal
- You can now see distance and average pace in the List
- The List view shows the cumulative distance you have run with the app
- The List view shows your fastest mile from all your workouts (for workouts completed after this update has been installed)
- Journal entry screen now allows for easier data entry with larger fields
- For treadmill runs you can easily input your treadmill speed and it will be converted into minute per mile (or kilometer) pace
- You can change the workout day in the journal entry

*Feature not available on iPod touch. Since iPod touch does not have a built-in GPS antenna, the app will ask you for your pace or treadmill speed and will then calculate the time it will take you complete the required distance.

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Customer Reviews

  • Dates are wrong

    by Missdulcemia

    The dates in the app do not match. For example, January 21,2014 (Tuesday) shows as a Monday in the app. This is confusing.

  • Love this program!

    by TurtleNicky

    Very motivating and easy to use! And much cheaper than the in-person group programs I joined in the past.

  • Love this program!

    by TurtleNicky

    Very motivating and easy to use! And much cheaper than the in-person group programs I joined in the past.

  • Love this app

    by megkat123

    This app is the best $10 I have spent toward my marathon training. I'm training for my first marathon, and I don't know what I'd do without Hal. I love his encouraging mantras that keep me going through the long runs!

  • Pretty Good Overall...

    by Squibbster

    ...but there is one bug still to work out and one suggestion I'd like to see done that I've asked for. Best of the apps out there for GPS accuracy. Good basic running app as they keep the GUI layout simple. You can see your splits for each mile. Super-annoying bug: Can't turn off the coaching VoiceOver. No offense to Coach Higdon but I'd rather just run and listen to music. Even if you turn the VoiceOver volume down, it still turns your music down when it plays a coaching tip, status update or mileage notification. Sometimes for a full 30 secs. Extremely annoying when you get to a song you love that gets you going only to have it yanked down. Demotivating. The other update I hope to see... They did add a quick 3-2-1 countdown but I'd like to see user-adjustable countdown of up to 30 secs. I need time to ramp up speed and get my phone back in the holster rather than freakin fumble w it while I freaking run.

  • Need days and dates on runs

    by Slabach

    I like the app but it needs to have the days and dates for each run like novice 1 has. Please change it back.

  • Not happy with the new update.

    by James5116

    I like the bluefin apps but not liking the update of this one. I like seeing the date on the run screen so I can scroll through and see what distances I'm running on a certain day to plan for different races. How do I change it back?

  • First marathon so far so good

    by Storme pencil

    Good up , it should sync with other apps

  • Awesome

    by Lorac445

    Exactly the app I needed to motivate me for the Chicago marathon!

  • Excellent training tool

    by Chantal Justamond

    The phrases of hal higdon delivers motivation.... You'll find them on the book two....

  • An excellent app.

    by Lance Parker

    This is an excellent training app to get you to your first marathon. You pick your pace and Hal is there to guide you along the way with motivation, advice, and tips along the way. I highly recommend.

  • A good start

    by Sandhog SC

    I like the program and have used his calendars in the past. Overall a good program with nice descriptions of each workout, enjoyable motivational prompts, and tips. And I like being able to play my mp3s or Sirius/XM radio. After four runs, these are my criticisms: 1) each mile seems to be about three hundredths short. I hear him announce the first mile is over and my Garmin GPS watch shows 0.97 mile. This continues consistently throughout: 1:95 on the watch when The app tracks two miles, etc. 2) the goals are confusing. I set 7:49 as my pace goal. Should I set my pace goal for each day, or is that for my race? Also, though i set the pace goal as 7:49, the line ob the graph seems to show 7:28 or so. Why? The weight goal - same thing. No date set for it. The mile goal is most confusing. My goal is to run a marathon. Now, do I set 26.2 miles as my goal and only attain it when I finish the race? Why can't I set a mileage goal for the week? 3) Social sharing. If I upload this to Facebook, there is no map, no stats, etc. It just offers to publish a status update of the completion of the run with a link to buy the app. In all, just an advertisement for the product. When what I want is to share my course and stats with running friends so we can keep track of each other long distance and help motivate each other. 4) I'm not sure yet, but there does not seem to be a decent calendar recording of this - so I can review my training a year from now and see how it went. Right now the Garmin watch and software used in conjunction with any decent training program is far superior to this app. Sure, a decent Garmin GPS watch is about $90 for a refurb unit online while the app is only $10 (on a $200 iPhone). While I think the watch is worth all that and more, I expect the makers of this app can improve the experience to get to be on par with the dedicated watch. I hope they do.

  • Good app for the most part.

    by OneEyeGuy

    This is a good app. I like the motivational prompts, and the clear instructions on what you need to do that day. However, there are a couple of things that bug me. It only marks out your runs if it was able to track them via gps, only then if you complete 100% of the run. If I go for a run on a treadmill, forget to turn the app on, or even if I stop short by 100ft., the app won't record that day as complete, even if I enter it manually. Fix this and the app will get 5 stars. Another nice-to-have would be for it to not start timing the run until I start moving. I carry my phone in my spi-belt, so I have to start the app, but the phone away, the. Start my run. After the run, I have to dig it out and stop it. This adds time to my starting and ending splits.

  • It won't shut up

    by Truk Meister ;-)

    This thing yaps and talks and goes on for like 3 min and the off and on EVEN with all the audio cues turned OFF. I bought it for the daily training distances and I can see that's all it's worth! ismoothRun is by far the best running program as you can program your distance and pace or program speed work and on and on. Plus the online training lists Monday as you rest day and this makes Monday the start of your mileage for the week which completely does not match his whole concept of training to rest on Monday and no way to change start dates in the program. How hard can it be to program that - not hard at all. Oh well. It great for the schedule but $10 for a schedule is steep.

  • Horrible

    by Barnes Family iTunes

    Many things wrong with this over priced app. 1. No way to pause and restart during a run. 2. No way to record a run without brining iOS device with you on the physical run and using the apps GPS. I sont care to get my iPhone soaking sweaty wet on my runs. 3. No way to adjust the timeframe of the race prep. It's always the 18 weeks. 4. No way to map a run ahead of time. Pathetic app. Should have looked more closely @ the reviews. My fault!!

  • Crashes Every Run

    by jfharris333

    I love the App, but it is crashing every run. Used it for four weeks now and have not made it through a single outing without the run stopping on its own and having to re-start. I have loaded the App on a brand new phone; same result. Hoping for a fix!?!

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