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1. The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer
2. The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide
3. The Marathon Method: The 16-Week
4. Marathon: The Ultimate Training
5. Four Months to a Four-hour Marathon,Updated
6. Marathon: You Can Do It!
7. Half-Marathon: You Can Do It
8. Run Faster from the 5K to the
9. The Battle of Marathon (Yale Library
10. Boston Marathon: The Legendary
11. Essential Guide To Training For
12. Beginner's Half-Marathon Trainer:
13. 50/50: Secrets I Learned Running
14. Mastering the Marathon: Time-Efficient
15. Marathon
16. Absolute Beginner's Guide to Half-Marathon
17. Marathon Man
18. 26 Miles to Boston: The Boston
19. Marathon Training for Dummies
20. Marathon and Half-Marathon: The

1. The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer
by David Whitsett, Forrest Dolgener, Tanjala Kole
Paperback: 304 Pages (1998-01-11)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$9.83
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Asin: 1570281823
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Athlete. Runner. Marathoner.Are these words you wouldn't exactly use to describe yourself? Do you consider yourself too old or too out of shape to run a marathon? But somewhere deep inside have you always admired the people who could reach down and come up with the mental and physical strength to complete such a daunting and rewarding accomplishment?It doesn't have to be somebody else crossing the finish line. You can be a marathoner. The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer is based on the highly successful marathon class offered by the University of Northern Iowa, which was featured in a Runner's World article titled "Marathoning 101." The class has been offered five times over 10 years, and all but one student finished the marathon. That is approximately 200 students -- all first time marathoners and many with absolutely no running background. This book follows the same 16-week, four-day-a-week workout plan. What makes the success rate of this program so much higher than any other? The special emphasis on the psychological aspects of endurance activities. You don't have to love to run -- you don't even have to like it -- but you have to realize that you are capable of more than you have ever thought possible. One participant in the program explained it like this:"I'm doing this for me -- not for others or the time clock. I just feel better when I run, plus it helps me to cope with things in general. The skills we've learned in this class don't apply just to marathoning -- they apply to life! Just like you never know what the next step in a marathon will bring, so too, you never know what will happen next in life. But if you don't keep going, you're never going to find out. By staying relaxed, centered, and positive you handle just about anything that comes your way."This is marathon running for real people, people with jobs and families and obligations outside of running. The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer has proven successful for men and women of all ages. Now let it work for you. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Shelly from Missouri
I bought this book back in February of this year.In March I started at the very bottom with the beginner training regimen in which you work your way up to 3 miles of running.Then in June, I started the 16 week marathon training.I finished the training as instructed and on October 10,2010 I ran the Chicago Marathon and finished it.I am 45 years old and was never a runner at all.But this takes you step by step and gives you testimonials from the actual runners that took the class the book is based on.Nothing as rewarding as this marathon was and I have this book and people in it to thank for that!

5-0 out of 5 stars Got me through!
I didn't follow this book exactly. I loved reading it when I remembered, but usually didn't remember. Going into the week before the marathon, I had missed a ton of training runs and was sure I couldn't do it. In a last-ditch effort to at least get my brain in shape, I read several sections of this book. Boy, did it come in handy. I managed to run the whole thing (which, yes, was a bit of a goal, which is kind of the number one thing not to make according to this book but oh well) and only because of the internal chants that this book encouraged. Miles 1-6 were "this is an adventure!" miles, 7-15 were "I'm an animal, I can run forever" miles, and 16-26 were "I am strong", which even worked for the last 5 when an old foot injury flared up and I was in a lot of pain. I'm not positive that all of these came from the book, but the idea to use them so much did, and I'm so glad I read it at the last minute.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Delivers
This book is exactly what it says it is, a "non-runner's" marathon trainer.I read this book cover to cover and it was extremely informative.My only prior running experience was a 6 week 10k training schedule.I finished and completed my first marathon injury free and felt great afterwords.You will too if you follow the easy 4 day training schedule.I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worked for me
I never thought I'd be a Marathoner, but after 16 weeks and this book, I can now call myself one.I'm so happy a friend of mine told me about this book and although I wanted to read forward, I only read the corresponding chapter week after week.
I always thought a Marathon was a physical feat, but soon found out it was 90% mental.This book gives you all the mental tools you'll need and more...

1-0 out of 5 stars Sale canceled by Amazon.Never contacted by seller.
The sale was canceled by Amazon a few days after I made the purchase and my account was charged.I never heard anything from the seller as to why the sale was canceled.My money was refunded, however it took over a week for the refund to be processed. ... Read more

2. The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and On with Your Training
by Dawn Dais
Paperback: 256 Pages (2007-01-03)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$8.61
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Asin: 1580052053
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Dawn Dais hated running. And it didn't like her much, either. Her fitness routine consisted of avoiding the stairs in her own house, because who really has the energy to climb stairs? It was with this exercise philosophy firmly in place that she set off to complete a marathon.
The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women is a fun training manual for women who don't believe that running is their biological destiny but who dream of crossing the finish line nonetheless. It opens with a realistic training schedule and is chock-full of how-to's, quizzes, and funny observations, which Dais felt were lacking in the guides she had consulted.
The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women also integrates entries from Dias' journal, sharing everything would-be marathoners need to know about the gear, the blisters, the early morning workouts, the late-night carb binges, and — most important of all — the amazing rewards.
Anyone can do a marathon. This book just makes the experience a little more bearable and a lot more fun.
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5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic
A friend of mine recommended this book to me. I am currently training for a half marathon, and she knew that I needed some humor with all this running. I have never laughed so hard before.. LOL... it was truly entertaining, and I could relate to most of what she said. Well done Dawn :)

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I'll start by saying that if you think sarcasm = funny, you'll probably love this book. I was hoping for a humorous and motivational read but I just felt like I was listening to a whiny high schooler complain about cross country practice. She uses the same jokes a lot and I thought her information was unreliable. A fair amount of her info is based on the fact that she ran a marathon this way and didn't die. Woo hoo. Just what I was hoping for. For instance, she says you can eat all you want. Ice cream sundaes at 2 am. I also bought the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Half-Marathon Training at the same time. It is not humorous, but I would go for this book if you are serious about training. It has real information in it.

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVED IT
Being a RUNNER, not like a competitive runner, it sure said all and more what I think and feel on a daily basis...I am training for a marathon as we speak so when I saw this book at the bookstore I thought,"hmmmmm maybe I should read a lil bit".... I ended buying it and laughing and just plain enjoying it.....GREAT BOOK!

5-0 out of 5 stars Deserves a Ten-Star Rating
Slackers Unite!Finally a book for NORMAL people.The Couch Potatoes, people with lives that don't revolve around exercise, people with cellulite, bad eating habits, and bad attitudes.BUY THIS BOOK.READ THIS BOOK.Who knew there were so many of us out here?!

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!
I'm 100 pounds overweight and trying to train for my first (and only) half-marathon (gotta love peer pressure).I am half way through my training and felt I needed a little more boost so I got this book.It was so timely.The things that Dawn was writing about were the exact same things I was totally experiencing (blisters, aches, fatigue, slow weight loss, incredulously increasing mileage).Her book is written in a way to crack you up.It's not for the super serious runner.The title defines perfectly the target audience for this book!The book throws in helpful information while cracking you up.One of the last pages in the book was an exert from her journal - I laughed aloud for 5 minutes with tears rolling down my cheeks.I could not stop cracking up.The book is an easy and quick read (I'm not really a reader but got through the book in only 2 days).If you're an experienced runner - skip this book . . . unless you are mentoring a novice runner than this would give you excellent perspective of what your trainee is going through.If you are new to running with a goal of half or whole marathon - put this in your amazon cart right now! ... Read more

3. The Marathon Method: The 16-Week Training Program that Prepares You to Finish a Full or Half Marathon in Your Best Time
by Tom Holland
Paperback: 256 Pages (2007-04-01)
list price: US$17.99 -- used & new: US$10.80
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Asin: 1592332595
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Get Ready to Run!

A complete guide to training for a half or full marathon in sixteen weeks, this book follows the format of Tom's previous book The 12-Week Triathlete with simply the best advice on how to run your fastest race while staying injury-free. Whether you are a first-time marathoner, trying to set a new "PR" or looking to qualify for Boston, this book is for you.


Some worry that running a marathon will involve hours upon hours of training each week. Others fear that they will become injured. Some veteran marathoners have followed other training plans and experienced both, but Tom's approach is much different. His philosophy of "train less, run your best" will amaze you whether you are running your first marathon or fiftieth. Exercise physiologist and sports performance coach Tom Holland -- an elite endurance athlete himself and sub-3 hour marathoner who has run in more than fifty marathons, three ultramarathons, and a dozen Ironman triathlons around the world will teach you how to properly gear up and train in the sixteen weeks prior to your half or full marathon. So when that starting gun sounds, you'll be equipped with invaluable tips and techniques that will put you in position to run the best race of your life.

The Marathon Method provides you with everything you need to know including:

  • Easy-to-understand advice on nutrition, hydration, and gear
  • Customized training plans for beginner, intermediate, and advanced runners
  • Advice on the mental side of running and how to make your mind go that extra mile
  • Strategies to avoid hitting the infamous 'wall'
  • Tips on pacing, injury prevention, strength training, flexibility, and much more!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent preparation for your first marathon and beyond
I used this book for the first marathon I signed up for in may of 2010.His tips for dressing correctly got me outside training all winter long, in the UP of MI!Trial and error and I got it right.Who really has the patience to run on a treadmill for 40+ miles a week?!It was so awesome and a goal of mine for years, now I will never spend day after day on the treadmill in the winter.

The author outlines EVERYTHING you need to know, from dressing corectly, using anti chafing lubricant,(which I know now is VERY important), what to eat, drink, how to THINK, running posture...pretty much everything you didn't know was important until you really start running for long periods of time, and then you are so thankful he told you to bring toilet paper and buy a fuel belt for your long runs!

I think Tom Hollands positive, learn from his mistakes approach will appeal to runners of all levels.I recommend it highly to any new/first time marathoners.He recommends running 4 days a week, which is not what I usually do.5 days is usual, sometimes 6, but 4 days a week is the method he recommends to getting your best results and your best time.

I am now training for a second marathon, and I have gone back to his approach for many things.I have also used Matt Fitzgeralds book Run Faster ....which is very detailed and a bit overwhelming.My next marathon is in 5 days, and I think I will read Tom Hollands final chapter the night before this marathon, just so that he can remind me to smile and really really enjoy the experience.Because in the long run, who cares what you time was if you didn't enjoy yourself?

4-0 out of 5 stars From a maiden marathon runner
I recently ran my first marathon, using the Intermediate program from this book and had results that I was really pleased with.

I religiously followed the training program and managed to stay injury and illness-free during my 16 week training period. I never missed a run session, and always ran the prescribed distances. I've got to say, the training leading up to my first marathon was not as gruelling as I expected it to be.

My results (to give you an idea of my abilities in relation to the book review):
I had no 'official' goal time in mind, but thought I'd run around 3:53-4hrs based on my training speeds. I took the first half of the race very conservatively, and (likely as a result), never 'hit the wall'.I performed a negative split, and felt very strong during the last 10km. I finished in 4:05, not quite the time I had hoped, but I finished strong, with a smile on my face and it was a result I am happy with. The experience was great and I am looking forward to smashing that time in my next marathon!

Having The Marathon Method and Tom's training program to work from gave me the confidence on race day that I would be able to achieve my goals. The chapters were easy to read and gave specific product references. I referred back to the book several times after I initially read it.

Another thing that really impressed me was the support Tom gave me when I contacted him through his website. I had a couple of questions regarding which of his programs to use, and he got back to me very promptly with useful answers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great motivation. Easy read.
Great book. It tells you what to do. All you have to do is run!

5-0 out of 5 stars Tom got me through the NYC marathon without hitting the wall....
This is the FIRST review I have ever written - testimony to how impressed I was by Tom's book.

I am a 41 year old father of three who had always wanted to run a marathon and in case I only ever did it once - it had to be the NYC marathon. I chose to run it for charity, the MMRF, and was extremely fortunate to meet Tom Holland and be introduced to his book, the Marathon Method.
The book is a delight, a very easy but informative read that I finished in one transatlantic flight - equipping me with ample knowledge to start my training on vacation in France. The book became my bible and, since I travel so much for business, the training schedules became my religion...four days a week for 16 weeks - I leapt out of bed at 6.00am in cities all over the world and ran...it's amazing how an 8x11 photocopy of a simple table can be so motivating.

Tom promises that if you follow the simple methods you will finish the marathon without injury and without EVER hitting the wall. Its absolutely TRUE. On November 1st 2009 I ran the NYC course in 3:55:10. Exactly on my target, with even splits, no WALL, no pain and energy still left at the end. Most importantly for me - I had a great time, loved every minute of the race and felt far more prepared than I thought would be possible.

I have just started training again for the NYC 1/2 marathon and I have my trusty photocopy from the back of the book of the intermediate 1/2 training schedule. I plan to follow Tom's directions to the T since my first time experience was so wonderful.

If there is anyone out there like I was...wishing to run a marathon but unsure if they can make it or how to start training then please do what I did - read Tom's book - it REALLY WORKS.

Good luck to you all come join the 26.2 club.

The Marathon Method: The 16-Week Training Program that Prepares You to Finish a Full or Half Marathon in Your Best Time

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Common Sense Approach
I have read a fair amount of material on marathon training/preparation and this book is a good source of instruction.It is not overly technical and provides good recommendations, including specific products that the author has used.I specifically followed the hydration and carbo load product recommendations and based upon successful results have no plans to change. ... Read more

4. Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide
by Hal Higdon
Paperback: 256 Pages (2005-09-03)
list price: US$17.99 -- used & new: US$9.48
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Asin: 1594861994
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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With over 50% new material, this category killer is sure to go the distanceWhen the previous edition of Hal Higdons superb training guide appeared, Grete Waitz, 9-time winner of the New York City Marathon, cheered: Higdons 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.Will get any runner across the finish line of a marathon. I highly recommend it, said Olympic-marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter.Theres plenty of sound training advice here for runners of all levels, said Ken Sparks, PhD, who achieved a marathon personal record of 2:28 at age 46. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars For first-time marathoners, a must!
After deciding to train for my first marathon, I knew I would need some kind of guide to get from my base of around 6 miles to marathon distance.A fan of Runner's World, I turned to longtime RW contributor Hal Higdon for advice.This book does not disappoint.I learned so much about increasing mileage, sports nutrition, the pre-marathon taper, etc, etc.Hal interjects personal racing stories into the informative chapters and even includes quotes and testimonies from real, everyday runners (not just elite athletes!)As a coach, he's tough but also forgiving.I followed his 18-week Novice schedule and finished my first marathon injury free in 4 hours!

If you're thinking of running a marathon, please get your hands on this book.I'm hooked now and training for #2 in February!

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Book for First Time Marathoners, great for all marathon runners
I found this book an invaluable resource while training for my first marathon several years ago. Its a great resource of information, especially to those new to racing. If you are thinking about or training for your first marathon, this is a must buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
The book has been great! Has multiple training tips and helped me modify my original marathon training program to better fit my goals. It really is a must read for anyone wanting to run the marathon.

2-0 out of 5 stars Condition of Book
I thought the condition of this book was actually worse then what was described over the Internet. Little dissapointed by the 'half true' description of this book but overall I was ok with the rest of the 5 books that came together with this book. 5 out of 6 books in good condition, I'm ok with that.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of money and time II
I agree 100% with "A Customer" who previously wrote:
"This book did not provide a good sense of how a regular runner can accomplish or improve a marathon. It was confusing and filled with information that was not helpful. Save your money." ... Read more

5. Four Months to a Four-hour Marathon,Updated
by Dave Kuehls
Paperback: 128 Pages (2006-06-27)
list price: US$13.95 -- used & new: US$7.25
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Asin: 0399532595
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Entering is one thing. Finishing with a respectable time is something else.

4 Months to a 4-Hour Marathon serves as a personal trainer for runners looking to improve their performance. Whether competitive veterans or recreational beginners, with this essential guide marathoners can learn exactly what to expect, how to train, and even what to eat and what to wear.Dave Kuehls, contributing editor at Runner's World and a marathoner himself, discusses:

- Day-by-day training schedules for 4-hour and 5-hour marathoners
- Detailed diet plans
- The marathoner's mind-set
- Right and wrong things to wear
- Picking the right running shoes
- Pain vs. performance
- Common pitfalls to avoid
- The 36 fastest marathons in North America ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars review
I am one month into the training program and am enjoying it so far. I am already noticing results in my speed.I have to sometimes force myself to slow down to the recommended speed I am supposed to be running on my long runs.I am relying on the plan to get me across the finish line in my goal time. When I first read the program, I didn't think it would be possible, but now I am starting to realize it just might be!
Quick, easy read. Very informative.I reference it often.What is a "singlet" tho???

5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehesive Coverage of Topic
This book sets out exactly what he title indicates. A good comprehesive coverage of how to run a 4 hour marathon.
Very easy to read
Mike Z

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book very informative
This book is just what I needed to run my first marathon.It gives you training and meal advice, and even what locations you should run at.It has everything!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Training Guide and Well Worth the Money
Very good book to get you on the right path and running.Would like to have read and learned more concerning the proper form and the effort I am to exert in certain situations, such as climbing steep hills or running down a long decline.But does give great training schedules.

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent book
This isn't a book that goes into fine details about every aspect of marathon training, but it has enough to guide a runner who's already run a marathon and knows what to expect.For first-timers, I would suggest, "The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer" instead.But in the Four Months/Four Hour book, there's a running schedule to keep to.That's handy, as well as other general tips. ... Read more

6. Marathon: You Can Do It!
by Jeff Galloway
Paperback: 240 Pages (2010-05-11)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$11.03
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Asin: 093607048X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Marathon: You Can Do It! details Olympian Jeff Galloway’s revolutionary walk/run training methods that have enabled tens of thousands of people to run marathons. This innovative method opens up marathon running to everyone — not just rock-hard athletes, but also those who may be out of shape, overweight, or past their athletic prime. This updated edition includes the new "magic mile" time trial, fat-burning techniques, adjustments in the weekly schedule to prevent injuries and improve performance, and quick fixes to keep runners motivated during latter stages of marathon.
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5-0 out of 5 stars First Marathon ... arriving soon!
I completed my 17 mile training run/walk over the weekend, and I feel great!The Jeff Galloway Method is working for me!I've run several half marathons over the last 4 years, and with the encouragement of a friend, four of us have read the book and are following the plan.It was a challenge to get past the mental block of letting yourself have the walk breaks, but they work!It's a simple read, and a great method!

5-0 out of 5 stars Both sports and general libraries will find this a welcome addition
Marathon: You Can Do It appears in a revised edition and comes from an author who developed unique training programs ten years ago showing runners how to train for and finish a marathon. This updated, revised edition shows how to set up a personal training program and stay motivated, and is key to running a successful marathon. Both sports and general libraries will find this a specific, welcome addition.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disorganized, Hard To Follow For A Beginner
I was very excited about this book.I've been a hobby runner on and off my whole life, but I've never officially trained for anything [other than military duty].

So, I got this book to help me figure out how to train for a marathon. The author seems very well respected and experienced. The book sounded like exactly what I wanted.

However, when I got the book, I found it laid out poorly.It is disorganized in the way ideas are presented and seems to jump around from topic to topic. I really needed a book that said "To start training for a marathon, you do A then B then C" with troubleshooting and advice on nutrition and stuff to follow. This book didn't really do that.

I'm several chapters in and I'm still not sure exactly what my first few steps are supposed to be.

I do like his writing style and I think he's very interesting.I enjoyed the stories and anecdotes Mr. Galloway includes, I found them very informative.

But I'm going to look for another book that will be easier for a total beginner to follow.I'll keep this one as a reference, but I need something more along the lines of "Running a Marathon for Dummies" I guess [is there such a book?!].:)

4-0 out of 5 stars Mara!thon, I believe I can do it
A good book that covers most of the information an aspiring runner planning for a first marathon needs. Following this program is "doable" for this 58 year old woman.

5-0 out of 5 stars best book
Jeff G. books are the best for training for you long distance run. His methods work, they are easy & you will have success! If you every want to do it, get this book. ... Read more

7. Half-Marathon: You Can Do It
by Jeff Galloway
Paperback: 216 Pages (2006-04-05)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$10.48
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Asin: 1841261904
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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If you are thinking about training for a Half-Marathon, Jeff Galloway can help you prepare well, enjoy the training and glow from the achievement of crossing the finish line. Author of the bestseller "Marathon - You can do it!" Galloway now offers a state-of-the-art book on the highly popular half marathon distance. Jeff's trademarked run-walk-run method has helped hundreds of thousands of average people to get off the couch, train for marathons and half marathons without injury and has helped veterans to improve times. This book offers a step-by-step program that starts with setting up your training each week. Jeff will show you how to select a realistic goal, and which workouts are needed to prepare for various performances. The book is loaded with tips on how to stay motivated, eliminate aches, pains, and injuries, with the minimum training needed to enjoy other aspects of life. There's practical information on nutrition, building endurance, shoes, stretching, strengthening and much more. Jeff Galloway was an average teenage runner who kept learning and working harder, until he became an Olympian.He is the author of the best-selling running book in North America and a Runner's World columnist, as well as an inspirational speaker to over 200 running and fitness sessions each year. Jeff's quest for the injury-free marathon-training program led him to develop group-training programs in 1977. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding method, poor presentation
I really wanted to give this 3 1/2 stars, but since all other reviews are four or five stars, I went for the low side since it has severe technical problems that need to be addressed. Nonetheless, the program is outstanding and I DO recommend the book.

First the good news:
It works! Seven days ago, I finished my first half-marathon. This was an accomplishment! When I started the program I was 48, obese with a BMI of 32, and coming out of a extremely sedentary lifestyle. I had spent a couple of monthsbefore on a different program: The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer, with disastrous results, which cause me to spend two months recovering from a Achilles' tendon injury. I needed something that was suitable for a REAL non-runner like me.

Galloway's run-walk-run approach rose to the challenge. The basic rule is to never overdo training, and he gives excellent advice on how to learn your limits, respect your limits, and when appropriate, push them. The heart of the method is two-fold.

First, is developing a training pace based on your ability to run a carefully-controlled test mile. This pace is further adjusted for heat and other factors, and for some new runners it might seem almost impossibly slow, but Galloway is guiding you to realize that training your body is *not* the same as racing. Taking it slow as Galloway urges, works!

Second, Galloway promotes regularly-timed walk breaks, his "run-walk-run" method. For a slow novice runner, these might be timed 30 sec running, 30 sec walking. For someone running 7-min miles, he suggests 7 min running, 30 sec walking. Throughout, you're encouraged to be flexible, experiment, and find the ratio that works for you. (In my half-marathon, I choose 100 / 80 ratio).

This not only serves as a control against overexertion, but also as a form of interval training. It's certainly a different beast from HIIT (high-intensity interval training), but I found that that can be incorporated judiciously into some workouts as well.

Other valuable pointers are on keeping a running journal, tips for mental motivation, troubleshooting aches and injuries, and diet.

The bad news is strictly with the editing and presentation of the book, but those problems really hurt its readability with needless confusion and backtracking. There are typos in almost every chapter. For example, after a paragraph that says "For long run training pace, add 3 minutes per mile," the table that follows says "(add 2 min/mi) Long Run Training Pace." On another occasion, an entire paragraph is repeated within a chapter. Metric equivalents are seriously off throughout--even as much as sixteen degrees (-20C isn't -20F; it's -4F. p.181) At best, non-American readers will waste time having to calculate the correct values they need; at worst, they'll use advice for the wrong temperature or pace and suffer the consequences.I don't blame Galloway at all for these errors; this woeful lack of editorship is endemic in the publishing industry, but I would've loved for this to be a polished guide.

The layout is a disaster. The over-the-top use of two-page photos, background color blocks, repeated photos in the margin of *every* page, and GIANT TYPE might have been useful to get people to buy the book, but it hurts when reading it. It's a train wreck of distractions. Sure, many of the photos are excellent, and I love good pictures, but the excessive illustration makes it feel like an awkward coffee table book, (or a monster ad for Polar heart monitors) rather than a runner's essential manual. Lists that should fit on a single page are split over several pages, as are reversed-out color blocks. It is almost impossible to read linearly. There are no sidebars; supplementary information is in the main flow, constantly disrupting it. Every chapter feels scattered and disjointed, and it's virtually a nightmare for anyone with ADD (or a background in design). Despite having it for more than six months, and reading it very often, I still don't know if I've read the whole thing or not. Yes, getting through is *that* bad.

Don't let that stop you from getting it, though. There is still *much* more information here than on his website, and the book is nicely priced. Most important of all, this method works, and took me from injured couch potato, to half-marathoner.

4-0 out of 5 stars great for first-timers and beyond
I bought this book to help me train for my first half marathon.But, I have loaned it to two friends who have done numerous half marathons as well as Iron Girls, triathalons, etc. and both have then gone out and bought the book as well.It is a great book for every runner interested in half marathons.The training plans and explainations are detailed and very helpful.Many of the running magazines use terminology that, as a beginner, I could not understand.Galloway does a great job spelling everything out and has made it easy to take the proper steps to ramp up for this longer race and to do so safely with less risk of injury.I have been running for 28 years and would do the occasional 5K or 10K, but usually with friends and just for fun.The half is the first "race" that I knew I would really need to train for due to the distance.This book has been a valuable tool.The only thing I wish it had a bit more of is dietary suggestions.There are definitely some in way of drinks or foods to eat while running the race, and a bit of a suggestion for what to eat the day before, morning of, and after, but I would like to know a bit more about what "runners" eat on a day-to-day basis.One more mention about the injury free part...his method has allowed me to go further than I ever hoped to.I have had two knee surgeries and most recently, broke a toe that then led to achilles and peroneal tendon issues (boot and PT, etc.).Using Galloway's methods, I have felt great and have not had ANY twinge of pain or concern.This is a great book by a great runner.

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE BOOK FOR RUNNERS!
This is such a great book!I also purchased the Marathon book, which is also great.He makes the long distance race seem do-able, especially for beginners.Lots of great tips and training advice.I loved it so much I bought a copy for my mom and sister who will be doing their first half marathon this fall!The book is already a motivational tool for them.I HIGHLY recommend it!

5-0 out of 5 stars First time half-marathoner's must read
This book is awesome!!!!!!!!!!Gaslloway's sense of humor is reassuring and his down to earth honesty is calming.He states early on in the book that the 3 goals of any first time half-marathoner should be 1. finish in the upright position; 2. with a smile on your face; 3. wanting to do it again.Later in the book Galloway talks about the week's of recovery following the first half-marathon.He states that you should wait a week to begin running again or to decide you'll never run again.This book really helped to put things into perspective for me.I've been worrying about my finishing time and about if I'm going to be "wrong" for jogging 2 minutes and walking 2 minutes - he totally supports the concept of "just finishing" and alternating walking with running throughout the entire race!If you are a super star athlete than this book isn't for you - but if you are just getting into running or if you don't have many races (or any) under your belt - you MUST read this book at the earliest part of your training.Good luck with your race!

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book
This book is full of great information.I am using the technique described and am very pleased with my results.I can do it and you can too! ... Read more

8. Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon: How to Be Your Own Best Coach
by Brad Hudson, Matt Fitzgerald
Paperback: 288 Pages (2008-07-29)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Do you want to run faster? Are you trying to peak for a particular race? Would you like to find your true running potential? Brad Hudson, former Olympic Trials marathoner and current coach to Olympians like Dathan Ritzenhein, will show you the way in this practical, reader-friendly guide. Hudson is the most innovative running coach to come along in a generation. Until now, only a handful of elite athletes have been able to benefit from his methods. Now Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon shows all runners how to coach themselves as confidently and effectively as Brad coaches his world-class athletes. Becoming your own best coach is the ticket to running faster at any distance.
First you will learn to assess your abilities. Then you’ll learn how to devise a training program specifically geared to you. Filled with easy-to-follow sample training programs for distances ranging from the 5K to the marathon and abilities ranging from novice to advanced, Run Faster is the cutting-edge guide for optimal performance.
With Hudson’s guidance, you can train smarter and more effectively—and avoid injury. And you’ll soon be running faster than you ever thought possible!

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5-0 out of 5 stars 28 minutes off my 1st marathon to my second using this book!!!
I've been running for over half my life, and just recently got into serious miles and marathon training.Tom Holland has an AWESOME book for people training for their first time marathon, and Brad Hudson/Matt Fitzgerald has an AWESOME book for getting faster and understanding HOW to get faster...for whatever race you are running.In my case it was a marathon.I ran my second marathon in 28.5 minutes FASTER that my first marathon EVER...in only 3.5 monthes of serious training in between.Ok, so I'm not an elite runner, but I still went from a 5 hour marthon to a 4:30 marathon....and never thought I could EVER do that.In a little over 3 monthes.

This book is slightly confusing for someone like me that doesn't understand the lingo completely, but he gets to the point.Change it up, hit your hills, and LISTEN to your body in HOW you think you should train TODAY.He also has awesome training guides for pretty much any race you are training for.Really good guidlines. He recommends running EVERY day.BUT, his plans vary, depending on your time level...from 4 days a week to 7.

The ONLY thing I did NOT agree with was his statement that all his runners DID NOT lift weights.AND he didn't recommend it.WHAT?!I guess if you are an elite runner and that is ALL you care about...but in the real world, I care about my muscle tone!So, despite his thoughts on the subject, I still lifted at least twice a week, plus core work and flexiblity training.

But he does say to listen to your body and train in a way that you become your own coach.So, I guess I didn't go too far from his coaching.

If you are looking for something to motivate you to run faster and train harder, buy this book.I bought it on kindle and wish I had the book cuz the charts are really hard to read, but sometimes it is just hard to wait for that one thing you know is going to get you going....NOW!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but J.Daniels' book is better
Good book but very general. I also bought J. Daniels' book which was excellent. I read them both at the same time and I enjoyed Daniels' book more.

3-0 out of 5 stars More Advanced Than You May Want
I have been running for two years and have read a few books about running, primarily beginner running books.This book does offer some good advice about training as a whole.But I think it is more geared to the serious and / or competitive runner rather than just the casual runner.For the record I typically run 5k races in the Spring, Summer, and Fall, and my times are generally in the 25-27 minute range.

The approach offered as a whole will help me.I really feel like I'm "training" now rather than going out for a run.Varying the running distances, speeds, and hill / strength training has already boosted my performance after three weeks.

But I just found the whole "adaptive" running thing, that is to run how you feel, to be impracticle.I think it may be good advice for a college athlete or someone with a lot of time on their hands.But if you're a working professional like me, you have about 45 minutes a day to work with.I've got to get certain workouts in on certain days.Also, I'm more of a routined person.I like to do certain things on certain days.

I just found the overall tone of this book to be much more geared toward the true running junkie, the ones who run the 5k in 16 minutes, versus the casually competitive runners like myself.Some of the training recommendations are great, I just didn't have a use for about 3/4's of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Finally Found it!
"Run Faster..." is the book I have been hoping to find to help me attain my running goals, but never thought I would find.I ran into this book, no pun intended, almost by accident.I was reluctant to buy it, but, I took a chance.Let me just say that this is my first book review on Amazon.In fact, the only reason I am writting a review is because I want other runners, like me, who spend hours and hours searching the WEB for the perfect marathon training schedule or program to know, look no further than "Run Faster...".I will never again spend time looking for that perfect marathon training schedule, for this book has quite literally taught me that there is no perfect marathon schedule for me, at least not one I find pre-made. I learned that the best schedule for me is the one "I create"!That's right, I can do better myself than one from Hal Higdon or other outstanding coaces, and I'm just a regular dude who loves to run long, but I have big goals.However, this book arms one with the knowledge and confidence to tailor their marathon training schedule, or other racinf distance, just for them.And, more importantly, it teaches that schedules should not be concrete, rather, they should be flexible, changing daily perhaps, depending on several key factors, the most important of course, is how one feels.Hence, it forces you to think daily about being in tune with your body so you can adjust your schedule accordingly.It teaches so much, you cannot absorb it all at once - but it will be there for you tomorrow.

I use to do a lot of research to find the perfect schedule based on my goals (race pace) for a particular race and then strictly follow-it, regradless of any other factors, which of course, was not allowing me to reach my full potential.This book, in effect, let's you be your own "coach" and gives you the knowledge and confidence to be a really good "coach".Sure, I would rather have Brad Hudson coaching me, but, when all you can afford is "you", this book is well worth the price to make you an effective coach and change the whole way you look at training - forever. I will still buy and read other books on running long, but, this book will be "The One" I will keep coming back to time and time again to make sure I'm on track. Oh yeah, this is the type of book you want to have a highlighter near by, for every page has a beatiful nugget you just can't help but highlight for easy and quick reference later; trust me; you will love this book, no matter your level of experience.May this book help you, as it has me, to reach your running goals."Run Long - Run Strong!" Jorge O. Soriano

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, informative, easy to read!!
I consider myself a beginning to intermediate runner.I'm in my 40s and have been running for a few years and still learning.

This book was excellent for explaining different aspects of training to improve my running.It is clear, concise and very easy to understand and apply.

I definitely recommend it to any level of runner!

Additional KINDLE Note:I purchased the Kindle version of this book which was fine for the most part but some of the tables in the book ran off the edge of the page. Plus the schedule templates in Chapter 12 of the book were images that were VERY small and at times difficult to read. Just FYI for Kindle users. ... Read more

9. The Battle of Marathon (Yale Library of Military History)
by Peter Krentz
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2010-09-07)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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How did the city-state of Athens defeat the invaders from Persia, the first world empire, on the plain of Marathon in 490 BCE? Clever scholars skeptical of our earliest surviving source, Herodotus, have produced one ingenious theory after another. In this stimulating new book, bound to provoke controversy, Peter Krentz argues that Herodotus was right after all.

Beginning his analysis with the Athenians’ first formal contact with the Persians in 507 BCE, Krentz weaves together ancient evidence with travelers’ descriptions, archaeological discoveries, geological surveys, and the experiences of modern reenactors and soldiers to tell his story.

Krentz argues that before Marathon the Athenian army fought in a much less organized way than the standard view of the hoplite phalanx suggests: as an irregularly armed mob rather than a disciplined formation of identically equipped infantry. At Marathon the Athenians equipped all their fighters, including archers and horsemen, as hoplites for the first time. Because their equipment weighed only half as much as is usually thought, the Athenians and their Plataean allies could charge almost a mile at a run, as Herodotus says they did. Krentz improves on this account in Herodotus by showing why the Athenians wanted to do such a risky thing.
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1-0 out of 5 stars No Maps!
The electronic edition omits all of the military maps. What good is a military book with no maps?
Don't buy the Kindle edition. It's a ripoff.

5-0 out of 5 stars When was the last time.....?
Well, I must say that of all the recent books I have read regarding the ancients period this is by far the freshest , most analytical in a readable manner history book I have read in a long time.
After wearing my self out reading Herodotus, Thucydides and the rest of the gang I decided to let someone else do the heavy lifting on the interpretation and import of these wonderful old texts.
The search for a writer who engaged and imparted the true meaning of these writers and the like of Arrian is always a challenge. Krents is one of the few who is :
1. prepared to go against the prevailing 'wisdom' or maybe dogma is a better word
2. able to build a case for his thinking
3. not afraid to be wrong
He does this all in the manner in which makes the reader feel part of the process, part of the story and weaves enough color into the exercise that you see history thru the eyes of Miltiades, and his protagonists.
The story unfolds carefully with the local cultural background, the geopolitical stakes, the science, the geography and art of warfare all being layered on to build up to a final set of circumstances that lays the foundation for an amazing victory for the Athenians at a time when Persia was considered the pre eminent military force of the day.
Having simulated dozens of ancient battles via computer software and board game systems I can share that this book could impact the thinking of those that design these games, write books about the era or want to extend the thinking and results put forth to other key battles in history.
Well done Mr Krantz.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book with amazing details from the battlefield
I've heard that this account goes into an exciting level of detail!

To augment your purchase or to hear more from the author, Peter Krentz, will be speaking at a free event at Georgetown University on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 7:00PM, EST.The event will be available remotely via teleconference and webinar and you may register for the event via [...]

Professor Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Chair of Greek Culture at Cambridge University, and a reviewer of Peter Krentz' book, has kicked off a yearlong free and web-based lecture series, Marathon2500. Information and free registration is here: [...]

3-0 out of 5 stars The book is wonderful, but the e-book is blinded indeed
I really enjoyed the account of the battle of marathon and what preceded the battle. I am talking from the position of the layperson of course, if the author missed something I would not know.

However I have to agree with the one star reviewer, the absense of ALL illustrations and maps in kindle version is more than a little annoying. I would have certainly appreciated a warning before buying an e-book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Warning.Do not buy
I bought this kindle edition and to my dismay where all the illustrations aresupposed to be there is just a notice that they are not included in the electronic edition.The e book is blinded.Do not buy. ... Read more

10. Boston Marathon: The Legendary Course Guide
by Raymond Britt
Paperback: 220 Pages (2010-01-25)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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"Great book!"-- Dave McGillivray, Race Director, Boston MarathonThe Boston Marathon features a legendary course that is considered one of the toughest in the world. If you're planning to race Boston, you had better know what you're up against. The course may look manageable, but as experts will tell you, it can be brutal. If you're not ready, if you don't understand the intricacies of the course, Boston can eat you alive.This book takes the reader deep into the race course with a groundbreaking approach: a comprehensive mile-by-mile tour of the course illustrated with nearly 200 photos taken while running the race. The detailed tour is enhanced by the author's comparative race splits and experience to collectively help you plan and execute your best Boston racing strategy. From Hopkinton to Wellesley to Heartbreak Hill to the finish line, this book delivers the complete experience in images, analytics and advice to help you run a great Boston Marathon.What can you expect when you run the Boston Marathon? Everything you need to know is here. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars New PR in Boston, thanks to this book
I ran a 3:09 in Boston this year, knocking 5 minutes off my previous best, a 3:14 qualifying time in Chicago. HUGE.

The photos, the course advice, the mile-by-mile photos and tips in this book really helped make the difference. Many thanks to the author.

Note: I also bought the author's new full-color book 'Boston Marathon 2010: Photos of Inspired Running'. Great photos of a great race. Highly recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Helpful, but Limited
I found the book more helpful as a momento than anything else.The text is very limited, and often shockingly repetitive (word for word from previous chapters, in some instances).The editing leaves a lot to be desired.Having said that, it was helpful to revisit the sites via the many photographs, and think through race day strategy for my second run at Boston.if price isn't an issue for you, go ahead and buy it--you'll find this to be helpful.And if you've already run Boston you might, like me, enjoy re-living the course through the photos.But I didn't find the photographs to be all that stunning, and the text is basically one magazine article stretched to become a "book."

5-0 out of 5 stars Boston Veteran's View: This book nails it
I have literally grown up with the Boston Marathon - from spectator on Heartbreak Hill to runner since the 1990s - and this book really nails it. Highly recommended.

My wife got this for me as a gift, and she's really happy with it, too, because for the first time, she can really `see' what it's like for me as I race Boston. A whole new understanding for her, of what it means to me.

The narrative and 200-photo race tour show what could almost be my race, it's that spot-on. It's like I'm there again, from the start to finish.

Not only is it great to relive the race with this book, it also makes me as excited as ever to race again this year. If you love Boston, this is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exactly what we've been looking for
I think this book is excellent, and my Boston-bound running friends agree. This book is perfect for us as we're preparing to run Boston this April.

Here's why we liked it. A truly unique and pragmatic approach compared to other Boston books: 200 photos, shot on the course from start to finish -- during the race -- and mile-by-mile pacing and split strategies give us exactly what we're looking for as we begin to plot our running strategy for race day.

The author, who's run Boston 13 times and is a professional photographer, knows the course, its challenges, opportunities, secrets, and it shows.

Strongly recommended for first-time and returning Boston runners, as well as those who want to run Boston someday. It's what to expect on the race day mile-by-mile, and that's exactly what you want to understand if you're going to run your best Boston. See you at the starting line in Hopkinton.

1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money
The best thing about this book was the elevation chart on page 10; other than that I learned nothing new from the book that people who have ran Boston that I know had not already told me. If you like a picture book this is for you... that is if you like them in black and white; you can read this whole book of 216 pages in about an hour if you take it slowly.

Save your money on this one. If you are really looking for good information on the course you won't really find it here. ... Read more

11. Essential Guide To Training For Your First Marathon
by Joe Donovan
Paperback: 110 Pages (2009-02-20)
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Asin: 098216260X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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There are many books on the market that explain how to train for a marathon. This book is no exception; however, itoffers more. This book explains how to get started with your running, how to purchase gear, how to select a marathon, how to train for and otherwise prepare for a marathon, even including what to eat. It also explain what to expect before, during and after your race, as well as how to stay healthy during the whole process. What makes this book truly different, is that it covers topics that every other book on the market neglects: the emotional, spiritual and mental aspects of the marathon. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, great inspiration
This is a very good book that not only lays out how to prepare and run your first marathon but also provides insights on how to achieve other goals in life.The book covers everything you need to know and does so in a way that psychs you up so that you want to run.There are also a number of great tips so that your first race won't be so frightening. This was a book that I really enjoyed reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Program and Motivation
This is a well written and inspirational program, not as intimidating as some of the marathon guides out there.I am a first time marathoner, and frankly, it's a bit intimidating to read the "how-to's" from world record holding runners, or gazillion marathon under their belts pro runners.In my mind, I'm not them, I can't do what they do, and (right or wrong) in my mind they have never started from as far behind the eight ball as I am.It's easier for me to follow a program (probably the exact same program) written by a real person, not an elite athelete.Someone who has kids, a life, mental roadblocks, all the flaws that keep most of us from acheiving olympic glory.The program is tough, but it is inspirational, too.This book has turned the idea of running a marathon into something that would be cool to do someday if I could ever get into that kind of shape, into something I am doing, I can do, and have already signed up for.Thanks Joe Donovan! ... Read more

12. Beginner's Half-Marathon Trainer: The 14-Week Program to Completing a Half-Marathon in Your Best Time
by Jon Ackland
Paperback: 128 Pages (2008-03-03)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The half-marathon is booming in popularity and it's easy to see why.At just over 13 miles, the race is short enough for beginners but long enough to test even serious runners.So whether you want to compete or just push yourself, the half-marathon offers the perfect challenge.With its can't-fail, 14-week programs, The Beginner's Half-Marathon Trainer shows how to run your best time without injury or time-intensive training.By offering several unique programs, it caters to everyone from walkers to competitive racers and teaches you how to:

  • Mentally prepare
  • Train smarter
  • Improve speed and endurance
  • Properly nourish your body
  • Pace your self

About the Author

Jon Ackland is an exercise psychologist with 15 years of experience in sports training all over the world. A former New Zealand national rowing champion, he is now an active triathlete. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Reassuring and Informative
I like the tone of this book.I have always wanted to be a runner, and needed a little hand holding to begin.I am now running 20 minutes straight and plan to complete a half-marathon in October.

3-0 out of 5 stars book for library
Another book I have for my library for when I get time to train again for a 1/2 marathon.

5-0 out of 5 stars beginners half marathon trainer
this is a very easy to follow book and is full of all the information you will need to start running.IT MAKES FOR GREAT READING.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners!
I am training for my first half marathon.I found this book to be very helpful, not only in providing a training plan, but also for running technique, shoes, and mentally preparing for a half marathon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, easy to follow...
First a confession...I didn't use this book to run a half-marathon! I needed to strengthen my running for an olympic distance triathlon. The run is 10K. OK, shorter than a half-marathon, but I figured that after the swim and bike sections I would need to be strong for the run. Following the program from this book really helped, especially the hill work.

This book is well written and easy to follow. It begins with several chapters that discuss the basics such as buying a pair of running shoes (Very, very helpful and very important!), how to train and how to avoid/minimise injuries. It then offers six different training programs from beginner to competitive runner. The last section of the book gives a chapter to go along with that weeks training program. Very easy to follow, as I mentioned before.

One of the things I really like about the book is that it is not technical in any of its explanations. It is clear and concise. (Did I mention easy to follow?) An easy read, if you like?

I would recommend this book to anyone looking to complete a half-marathon. I have now signed up for the distance and will be using one of the programs. ... Read more

13. 50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days -- and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance!
by Dean Karnazes
Paperback: 304 Pages (2009-08-12)
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Dean Karnazes has run 350 continuous miles through three sleepless nights, ordered pizza during long runs, and inspired fans the world over with his adventures. So what does a guy like this do when he wants to face the ultimate test of endurance? He runs 50 marathons in 50 states-- in 50 consecutive days.

With little more than a road map and a caravan packed with fellow runners and a dedicated crew, Dean set off on a tour that took him through a volcanic canyon in Maui in high humidity and 88-degree heat; to an elevation gain of almost 4,000 feet at the Tecumseh Trail Marathon in Bloomington, Indiana; to a severed moose leg found alongside an Anchorage, Alaska trail that compelled him to sprint for safety.

Now in this heart-pounding book, Dean reveals how he pulled off this unfathomable feat with a determination that defied all physical limitations. But Dean goes beyond the story of the Endurance 50 marathons to share his invaluable secrets and advice for athletes of all levels. These are the tips that kept Dean going during the 1,310 miles he covered and 160,000 calories he burned while averaging sub-four-hour marathons and often sleeping fewer than four hours each night. Learn how to:

·Recover more quickly

·Adapt to extreme conditions

·Prevent muscle cramps and overheating

·Pace yourself when you "hit the wall"

·Stay motivated

Packed with practical advice and including training regimens, 50/50 will inspire you no matter what your fitness goal is, whether it's simply walking around the block, running a 10K, or completing yet another Ironman. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars A book mainly filled with platitudes
Author and Ultra-Marathon legend Dean Karnazes describes his successful attempt to run 50 marathons in 50 US states in 50 consecutive days.

The Book: "50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days -- and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance!" by Dean Karnazes and Matt Fitzgerald; Grand Central Publishing; August 2009

The big idea: Karnazes, always on the lookout for another challenge, tackled 50 marathons in 50 days, writes about his experiences and mixes in his best advice for runners of all levels.

The backstory: Dean Karnazes is one of the toughest ultra-runners in the world. His first book (Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner), centered around a 200 mile relay race which he did as a team of one, was a bestseller and introduced a wide audience to the sometimes bizarre world of ultra-distance running.

Mixing content: The authors try to blend the story of Dean running 50 marathons with well-meant "advice" on running.Unfortunately the advice is mostly either extremely simple and plain (a full page on the differences of running a popular vs a not-so-crowded marathon) or outright wrong (a lot of the sports science related advice).

There is only so much to say: You can clearly see that after marathon number 10 all marathons are mostly equal - and actually rather boring.Dean's stories about each marathon, the participants and courses get shorter and shorter as you go along.

If you read nothing else: The first few chapters are quite fast paced and entertaining - they also don't contain any of the "expert advice" and thus make for interesting reading.Follow Dean on his journey to pull off this endeavor and read about his first few marathons.Then stop reading.

Rating: 2 (1=Rubbish; 10=Awesome). Karnazes proved with his first book that writing about ultra-distance running can be entertaining.Unfortunately he didn't pull of that trick in his second book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Poignant, useful, inspiring, awesome
It was hard to go every few pages without tearing up.This brilliantly written book not only details Dean Karnazes extraordinary feat of completing 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days across 50 states, but also his subsequent attempt to run back to his family in San Francisco from Manhattan right after the 50th marathon!Not only does the book describe with great poise the poignant day-to-day experiences you would expect from a superhuman enterprise such as this one, it also peppers the reader with gems of pragmatic wisdom for both their running and non-running lives.In spite of his physical (and mental) prowess, Karnazes comes across as someone who is genuinely down-to-earth.He really does consider himself "an average guy," as he emphatically states so in his preface, admittedly to my incredulity as I read that.His accomplishment and ensuing fame has in no apparent way eschewed his sense of adventure and humor either.I think it is required reading for anyone who wishes to come up close and personal with the outer limits of human endurance and human adaptability.In so doing the reader perhaps may, like me, be inspired to unearth their own heretofore underused ability to endure and to live!

4-0 out of 5 stars Quite an Adventure!!!
I read this book with much enthusiasm. I enjoyed the stories and experiences that Dean has as he runs 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states! As a novice marathon runner and an aspiring ultra runner I hoped to gain insight to Dean's ability to seem not to require recovery. I found no "trick" to how Dean can sustain such a brutal regiment of running, be it running 50 marathons consecutively or doing punishing ultras like Badwater. What I got was a few pearls of wisdom that I have heard many times before from a multitude of different sources from my high school cross country coach to marathon runner blogs. Everything from, "don't give up" to "stay hydrated" and so on. I have to say Dean's attitude and outlook on family and life are as inspiring as his athletic ability.

In summary, this book is recommended enjoyable and entertaining but not very informative.

5-0 out of 5 stars 50/50
As always, Karnazes inspires and motivates me. He seems to have it all together mentally as well as physically, as the well-roundedness of his character and his happy demeanor is written across every page. What a pleasant experience; reading one of his books.As a therapist, I always prescribe good nutrition and exercise to my clients., and cite the importance of positive physicality.To me, vigorous exercise is not only the cure but self-enhancement tool for many individuals suffering from depression and anxiety. I wish that Karnazes could speak directly to all of these folks..He's probably "fix" most of them..

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Easy Read
Great book especially if you read the 1st. Easy to Read, it won't take you long and it will get you pumped to run more. You won't get a ton of "secrets" of how he does it (hard work and determination), but still worthwhile. Dean is truly an inspiration and I plan on reading whatever he writes in the future. ... Read more

14. Mastering the Marathon: Time-Efficient Training Secrets for the 40-plus Athlete
by Don Fink
Paperback: 240 Pages (2010-09-01)
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The ideal resource for forty-plus athletes who seek faster times and fewer injuries


More than half a million Americans, and millions more worldwide, attempt a marathon every year. Around half are forty years old or older—athletes whose passion increasingly turns to frustration as they mature: slower finishing times and more injuries. And yet, until now, there has been no book specifically for this audience. In Mastering the Marathon, champion forty-plus endurance athlete and trainer Don Fink sets forth programs for anyone over forty—and for those who enter the sport after turning forty—to prove that the challenge of a marathon is not too difficult, that the dream is not impossible.


Setting out from the premise that the training methods that work for younger athletes no longer work for the same athletes in their forties, fifties, and sixties, Fink presents exciting new training methods and step-by-step action plans that result in faster times, fewer injuries, and more enjoyment for the forty-plus marathoner. Including photos and profiles of successful older athletes, Mastering the Marathon also provides an illustrated exercise program for core and functional strength, ways to avoid common training and racing mistakes, recovery methods unique to forty-plus athletes, secrets to staying injury-free, and much more.


Praise for author’s previous book, Be IronFit


“Most how-to books are too technical or too shallow. Don Fink manages to pen a unique combination of information, anecdotes, and readability.”  —Scott Tinley, two-time Ironman World Champion

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Endurance Coach - Great Book!
It's funny how many people decide to run a marathon without any proper training.Sure you can find a "marathon training schedule" on the internet.However what you won't find on the internet are explanation of different types of training runs; effective heart rate training; core and strengthen training programs; nutritional guidance and real examples of success stories.Don Fink captures all of this and bundles a perfect package for marathon training.Mastering the Marathon is easy reading and provides great training tips and guidance for both newbies and experienced runners.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Easy to Understand and Follow Marathon Training Book
I found this book to be thoroughly readable, filled with useful information and even entertaining.The writing is clear, concise and accessible to the average reader.It is not filled with jargon so that as a novice I felt comfortable reading the book and fully understood the plans and techniques set forth. The personal stories about different runners were fun to read and quite inspiring as well.

Don walks you through the entire marathon process with special sections on everything from equipment to stretching with special attention to race day nutrition and hydration.I found these sections to be both useful and reassuring.However, the best part of the book is the training plan and descriptions.As a working parent with two kids my training time is limited so I need to make the most of each training session.In clear detail, Don shows how to make each session count and avoid the "junk miles."That alone is a reason to purchase the book and follow the plan.

I am 100% confident that this book will make me a better runner just as Be Iron Fit has improved my triathlon training beyond my expectations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don Fink's book is a short sweet secret to Marathon success
I'm 47 and had never run a marathon until I started working with Don Fink. I broke4 hours in my first race after having lost 25 pounds. 2 months later I completed my first ever half Ironman thanks to his great coaching. His books Iron Fit and Mastering the Marathon are worth their weight in gold. Don is the Man. Running past mile 20 in your first marathon and knowing you're going to finish in your target time is a great feeling. Buy this book and you'll know what I mean.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy it, Follow it, Master the Marathon!
Don Fink, Master of Ironman coaching (see his other book, 'Be Ironfit'), proves himself to be Master of Marathon coaching as well with this new book, Mastering the Marathon'.Having read and followed Don's 'Be Ironfit' program for over 15 months (resulting in two Ironman finishes and a third on the way), I jumped at the chance to learn the Master's marathoning secrets.His latest book, 'Mastering the Marathon', contains everything you need to know in order to train for and race your absolute best Marathon.Following Don'scoaching helped me drop over 18 minutes from my Marathon time in just eleven months, resulting in my ticket to Boston!I am racing now, as a 45 year old, faster than ever in my life.In fact, following Don's program, philosophy and advice I continue to set personal bests at all distances of road racing (up to and including the Marathon)and triathlon (up to and including the Ironman).Don's program addresses every facet of successful Marathon training and racing: training programs for all levels, nutrition, hydration, strength and core training, avoiding common errors and pitfalls, race day strategy,...the list goes on and on.My advice?Closely read the Master's words, closely follow the Master's advice, become a Master of the Marathon!

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for masters-level athletes
Don Fink's book is perfect for athletes who want to keep improving after turning 40. I've run 12 marathons, hit 40 and felt like I was plateauing. With Don's program, I feel stronger and healthier (and no nagging injuries!). I highly recommend this book for anyone who runs, regardless of the skill level. Fink's philosophy works for athletes at all levels, from elite to middle-of-the-pack. Try it! It will put you on the road to your ultimate potential. ... Read more

15. Marathon
by Hal Higdon
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-09-25)
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Celebrity X (more famous than Oprah) departs Rome on a private jet bound for the Lake City Marathon. Race director Peter McDonald arrives at the Expo for an interview with TV reporter Christine Ferrara, new in town. Peter and Christine find love almost immediately, but when will she learn the dark secret that clouds his life?
Thus begins the fascinating 72-hour countdown to the Lake City Marathon, a race beset by problems: Will Peter lose his sponsor and job? Will hot weather threaten the health of runners? Can he keep the identity of Celebrity X secret? And for Christine: Why is Naní the supermodel clinging to Peter’s side? The race up front pits fast Kenyans against twin brothers from Minnesota. Among the women, the sudden loss of the world record holder opens the door for a flirtry Irishwoman and an unheralded podiatrist, who has not raced since injuries cancelled her college career.
Back in the pack, Naní raises money for charity, a New York Times reporter chases Celebrity X, and once-married color commentators bicker their way through the telecast. Marathon, amazingly, is Hal Higdon’s first novel, told in the grand tradition of fact/fiction books by James Michener (Hawaii, The Source) and Arthur Hailey (Hotel, Airport). If you are a runner, veteran or newcomer, or someone who has a friend who runs, Marathon will provide details about the sport that you never knew.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Marathon by Hal Higdon
I finished the book last night. I savored it for as long as I could by reading small bits at time to make it last. I have never been more satisfied with a bookin my entire life.
Thanks for an awesome novel, I was on the edge of my seat to the very end. One does not need to be a runner to appreciate this book. If you're not a runner and there is a runner in your life, you will understand your runner better. If you are a runner who has ever run a big marathon, you'll be doing a lot of nodding.
When is the next one?

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fun Book for your next Vacation!
I just came back from a 6 day vacation to Aruba and I brought just one book with me to read: Marathon, Hal Higdon. I started to read it on the plane ride down and finished it on the plane ride back. The book will always be linked in my mind with this wonderful trip. Indeed, it enhanced my vacation!
I am a 60 year old middle of the pack hobbyist with over 70 marathons under my belt. I've run marathons with 200 participants and others with 40,000 runners. I prefer the excitement of the larger marathons. Hal's book made me feel like I was a participant in a big city marathon even as I was sitting by a pool sipping pina coladas.
The characters in the book were real, some quirky, but never outlandish. I sank quickly and deeply into the various plot lines. Hal kept me guessing about almost every plot conclusion, with the notable but pleasant exception of boy gets girl (was there ever a doubt?!). And the last 100+ pages depicting the actual race - WOW! I couldn't put the book down, for as one plot line came to a stirring conclusion, an even more frenetic set of racers were hurtling towards the finish line. The book is written in an easy, natural style by someone who clearly knows his subject matter from the inside out.
Mr. Higdon, thank you for adding an extra dimension of memories to my Aruba excursion - you created my very own tropical marathon!

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't stay up late
This story kept me up too late, I'm glad I wasn't tapering when I should be sleeping.It does give the best ever (by far) demo of what goes on behind the scenes, while providing human interest and an exciting buildup to a great finish. Could go beyond the running community to create another surge in marathon running at all levels of participation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Peek behind the Curtain
A few years ago, one of my best friends, Dana Summers (editorial cartoonist for the Orlando Sentinel), collaborated with running maven, Hal Higdon, to write a children's book entitled "Run, Dog, Run".I got a chance to know Hal and read a number of his books including the best selling "Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide".Hal's new release is "Marathon", his first attempt at a novel.

I was fascinated by Hal's novel depicting a behind the scenes look at the preparations leading to the 40,000 entrant "Lake City" marathon.Though the race director, Peter McDonald, and his event are inventions from the mind of Higdon, the tension and complexities of staging a major marathon are expertly captured. Part of Hal's preparation, in fact, was being granted a great deal of behind the scene access to the Boston Marathon.

Juicing up the excitement is the mysterious "Celebrity X" - more famous than Oprah, a relatively unknown female contender, a world famous model who is running for charity, and American twins originally brought in as pacers who are cut free to run their own race.Each aspect not only creates an interesting twist, but complicates the task of directing the event.

If you haven't had a chance to work on a major running event, read this book.You'll have a new appreciation for the effort that goes into making a race successful.If you have volunteered on a major running event, read this book.You'll recognize then thinly veiled characters in the book and appreciate the job Hal Higdon has done in capturing the essence in a totally entertaining way.

5-0 out of 5 stars Invigorating stuff!
Thoroughly enjoyed Marathon. The build-up was interesting, and by the time you get to the actual marathon, you're invested in how everyone will perform--both on and off the course. I was fortunate enough to hit the gym with the book in hand after the marathon started, and it turned my planned one-hour easy stationary bike ride into a furious 1 1/2 hour strenuous workout. I literally was pumping the pedals as quickly as I was turning the pages! Due to the nature of a marathon, there are literally three endings, which makes for some exciting reading. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy (preferably on a stationary bike)! ... Read more

16. Absolute Beginner's Guide to Half-Marathon Training: Get Ready to Run or Walk a 5K, 8K, 10K or Half-Marathon Race
by Heather Hedrick
Paperback: 240 Pages (2005-01-06)
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Signed up for a half-marathon and not sure what you've gotten yourself into? Absolute Beginner's Guide to Half-Marathon Training: Get Ready to Run or Walk a 5K, 8K, 10K or Half-Marathon Race is an easy-to-understand introduction to the world of running half-marathon, or shorter, race. Endorsed by the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, this book is packed with illustrations, notes on how to stay motivated and tips on how to train without pain. It will guide you through your marathon-training program and show you how to find the appropriate clothing and shoes, prevent and treat injuries and warm-up before running. Even if you are walking a shorter distance, this is a beneficial training manual. So run, or walk, to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of ABG to Half-Marathon Training today!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Motivation and Information
I have recommended this book to everyone who has even hinted that they want to run a half-marathon.I am in my 7th week of the 15 week training program and feel confident I will make it after studying this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly helpful for BOTH runners AND fast walkers who race.
I bought this book some years ago but did not end up reading any of it until just before my twelfth half marathon, the Critz Tybee Run, on 8 February 2010. I had just planned on reading the section preparing a participant in the week prior to the race. After I read that particular section--Chapter 12 Racing Strategies--I was hooked. I ended up reading the whole book and really benefiting from it.

What is commendable about the book is that it not only makes worthwhile recommendations for runners but it ALSO is very helpful for those of us, over 50's, who perhaps cannot quite run like we used to but still can walk very fast as fitness walkers perhaps even participate in racewalking. I have been racing since the mid 1990s but have never been able to run a whole race, yet I have been able to achieve racewalking speeds and have often placed in my age group. Chapter 6 Proper Walking and Running Form details not only proper running form and technique but also explains what is racewalking, what is proper racewalking form and technique and how racewalking drills can improve your form. For those who are even slower but STILL want to participate the author even has a section on proper fitness walking form and technique.

Unlike a previous reviewer I think that this book contains a LOT more information then what you could get out of just a reading a RUNNERS WORLD or WALKING magazine. That is NOT giving this book the proper credit it deserves. For instance, in addition to Chapter 6, particularly useful information was contained in Chapter 7 Warm-Up/Cool-Down and Flexibility Exercises, Chapter 8 Strength Training and Chapter 10 Training and Competition Nutrition for Runners and Walkers. I also particularly like Table 4.1 Dressing for Success:How to be Comfortable Whatever the Weather (recommending clothing choices for actual temperatures ranges) and Table 5.1 Commonly Diagnosed Injuries for Runners and Walkers (listing not only potential injuries with symptoms but recommendations for their prevention and treatment if they occur).

I was really impressed that the book was written by a registered dietitian with a Masters of Science in Kinesiology certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health/Fitness instructor and ALSO an accomplished triathlete, duathlete and master runner. In part due to her suggetions, I was able to shave off two minutes in my last half-marathon. Although she primarily writesfor newcomers to racing I think her suggestions can potentially be helpful to runners and walkers at ALL levels.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Beginner;s Guide
This is a good beginner's guide as it give you options for your level of experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Runners
This book has been so helpful to me in beginning my training to walk my first 5k. I had "walked" before, and thought it funny that people would have to read books on how to do it. However, this book is packed full of information such as clothing, nutrition, developing a program, defining goals, and how to avoid injuries. It even tells you the correct posture to maintain while walking - and yes, I had the wrong posture!

I really think if one is an 'Absolute Beginner' there is something of value they can pull from this book. A great reference source!

4-0 out of 5 stars Quite pleased
Being new to the whole fitness area, this book is a god-send.I have been quite pleased...it's helping me to train for the 10k portion of a local marathon that my relay team is participating in.I know that by following the guidelines and training schedule, I will be prepared and will not push myself too far and risk injury. ... Read more

17. Marathon Man
by William Goldman
Paperback: 336 Pages (2001-07-03)
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William Goldman's remarkable career spans more than five decades, and his credentials run the gamut from bestselling novelist to Oscar-winning screenwriter to Hollywood raconteur. He's beloved by millions of readers as the author of the classic comic-romantic fantasy The Princess Bride. And he's notorious for creating the most harrowing visit to the dentist in literary and cinematic history--in one of the seminal thrillers of the twentieth century. . . .


Tom "Babe" Levy is a runner in every sense: racing tirelessly toward his goals of athletic and academic excellence--and endlessly away from the specter of his famous father's scandal-driven suicide. But an unexpected visit from his beloved older brother will set in motion a chain of events that plunge Babe into a vortex of terror, treachery, and murder--and force him into a race for his life . . . and for the answer to the fateful question, "Is it safe?"
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5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Thriller
When I was eight or so (possibly younger), I strayed on the torture scene from the film Marathon Man on a hotel room TV. I've never quite forgotten it, and I don't think I'll ever quite forget this book.

In Marathon Man, Thomas Babington Levy is a struggling graduate student majoring in history at Columbia University. He's also a marathon man, training to run in his first marathon. When he unwittingly gets drawn in to a world of spying and espionage, he must use his wits and his limited resources to survive.

Goldman's writing--possibly because he's a screenwriter--is as taut and edgy as a too-sharp violin string; he doesn't waste a word, and he plays the tension so tight you're not going to put this book down even when you want to. Yet he deftly manages to sprinkle the book with humor, and the twists are truly clever and--to me, at least--unexpected, though they were integral to the story. Fans of Stuart Neville and John LeCarré will probably like this book, too.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Sprint Of A Read
I sprinted through this short novel. I'm very familiar with the wonderful film version, having seen in many times over the years, but have only just read this great book.

If you have seen the movie, I would still urge you to read the novel as there are a few distinctions between the two that really make it worthwhile. One of the biggest differences involves Doc, the spy. I won't spoil it, but I was quite surprised, considering when this novel was written.

The protagonist in the book is Babe, a college student and marathon trainee. He's a brilliant young man, much like his older brother, and almost in the same league as his idolized father. Goldman did a remarkable job bringing these characters to life, with humor, guts, and some surprise qualities as well. One thing that impressed me about the book was the hard edge it has, despite some terrific moments of levity and wit. When needed, several of the characters display a capacity for violence that is unexpected. I enjoyed the intellect of the characters, which was a big theme in this novel. Brains vs. brawn, and the willingness to put mind over matter.

Many books are described as "page turners" and such. This is one of those rare books that live up to the hype.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Book that Turned Me Into a Writer
This is, hands down, one of the greatest thrillers ever written.I read it when I was around seventeen years old and it had such a visceral impact on me that I knew this was the type of book I wanted to write.I've been trying to achieve the same thing with my own work ever since.Goldman has a style, a wit, a voice that simply sings.And, as usual with his genre books, he gives us a whopper of a twist.Followed by another later down the line.I almost feel guilty even telling you there ARE twists, but then it wouldn't be vintage Goldman without them.

A lot of people judge Goldman's work by his movies, having never read the books they were based on.I urge you to enjoy the movie version, but take a look at the original work and see how wonderful it is.If it sounds like I'm gushing, it's because I am.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gripping Thriller
Marathon Man is a fast-paced thriller penned to keep you on the edge of your seat.The ingridients include intrigue, betrayal, violence, torture, revenge, and a secret government agency operating outside the law.Young "Babe" Levy is a graduate student and amateur distance runner getting by in a one-room apartment in New York City in the 1970's.Unbeknownst to Babe, his older brother Doc works for the Division, a secret government agency straight out of a CIA/goon squad nightmare.The Division negotiates with theives and war criminals in a sort of attempt to further government interests.The Division is currently negotiating with is Szell, an escaped Nazi war criminal seeking to enter New York City just long enough to collect some diamonds his deceased father held for him.Babe Levy and Szell don't know each other, but they soon meet in a scene of frightful creepiness.Start with an innocent young man, a war criminal, and double-crossing agents, then add McCarthyism, a beautiful European girlfriend, holocaust survivors, plus double-crossing danger. Sound exciting?You can read this thriller in a few short hours.Marathon Man was adapted into a memorable 1976 movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Sir Laurence Olivier.Those who saw that movie, and/or read this book, will probably never forget the significance of this short but powerful question.Is it Safe?

5-0 out of 5 stars Goldman is a thriller king
Goldman is one of my Top Three favorite authors, which is saying something, considering Twain is one of the others. This is a fast-paced novel that goes the distance, with intrigue, characterization, and that all-important quality: it keeps you turning the page.

Scott Nicholson
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18. 26 Miles to Boston: The Boston Marathon Experience from Hopkinton to Copley Square
by Michael Connelly
Paperback: 304 Pages (2003-03-01)
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26 MILES TO BOSTON slips squarely into the running shoes and minds of the athletes as they traverse the 26-mile, 385-yard course of America's most venerated long-distance race.
From suburban Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to the center of metropolitan Boston, here are the mile-by-mile sights and sounds experienced by the runners.Interwoven throughout is thecolorful history of the men and women of manifold skills who have competed in this preeminent event over the span of more than a century.
Profusely illustrated with photographs and maps, 26 MILES TO BOSTON is a book for anyone who's ever wondered what it might be like to run the Boston Marathon.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read before you run Boston
I just ran the 114th Boston Marathon, and I can tell you that my experience was much enriched by having read this book.

The author takes you through the course mile by mile - talking through the landmarks, history and even technical discussions of the course itself. I have to say that after reading the book, I felt even more honored to participate in the race (and a little nervous). The author does a wonderful job of capturing how this just isn't a race, it's an event that stretches through over a century of history - not only of the course, but of distance running itself.

Reading it before hand, made the course more alive and familiar to me while I ran it. Recognizing the landmarks and knowing the history behind each one gave me something to look forward to each mile (and in the later miles keep my mind off the suffering). And finally, it gave me a sense for the spirit of the event itself and the personal stories that are inextricably linked each year to it.

I did read a few reviews that admonished the author for running as a bandit, I respect that perspective and don't condone bandit'ing the race.

However, the author's real value in this book isn't his running prowess (as he readily admits time and time again). Rather, it's the hard work and research he obviously invested to bring all of this history to the reader. I can't think of a better way to personalize the 'data' than to relate it to an actual running of the course. True, it would be ideal if the author was also an elite runner who had qualified - but barring that intersection, I think it would have been a shame to not have this author share his research in the way that he did. That's what I believe the review should be rated on.

Hope you found this helpful. I strongly recommend this book and think it should almost be a required reading for anyone signing up to run Boston.

You'll be happy you read it!


1-0 out of 5 stars Written by a bandit who never bothered to qualify
I read this book wondering how the author managed to get into the marathon, since he'd only started his running career 6 months before the marathon and it wasn't until the night before the marathon that the author gave me the oh-by-the-way that he and his friends would be running as bandits.That completely ruined the book for me and, although I finished it, I never again enjoyed the author's company, but rather felt a complete disgust at the narrator.He seems to feel entitled to run as a bandit because he had a heart condition and this and that.I'm sorry about the heart condition, but that doesn't entitle him to run Boston and claim the finisher medal that so many people have worked so hard for.He talks about being inspired when he comes up behind an old man with a prosthesis...at Heartbreak Hill.It took him 20 miles to catch an old man running on a fake leg and he still thinks he deserved to be there???

Curious how he never bothered to set a long term goal of qualifying for Boston and then running it, which is the respect the marathon deserves.Kudos to anyone who finishes a marathon, but run it for the right reasons, bathe in the glory you've earned, don't steal glory that doesn't belong to you, and for god's sake, don't write a book bragging about your pseudo "conquest". Qualifying is a necessary prerequisite for "conquering"; bandits only steal, especially when they finish an hour and twenty minutes+ slower than their base age group qualifying time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Op weg Naar Boston.
26 miles to Boston isverplichte kost voor de gene die de marathon van Boston willen gaan lopen.
Per mijl is aan gegeven wat je te wachten staat.
De manier hoe het een en ander beschreven staat is prettig te lezen.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best if you've been there
Not sure this book would appeal as much to those who have not experienced the race personally.A nice light read for any runner though.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fun Book to Read
A quick read.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, especially historical happenings during the Boston Marathon races on a mile by mile basis. I wish I would have purchased and read the book prior to running this race, (twice)=D ... Read more

19. Marathon Training for Dummies
by Tere Stouffer Drenth
Paperback: 312 Pages (2003-03-07)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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An compact, plain-English guide to getting in shape for a marathon
More than 400,000 people run marathons every year. Millions more aspire to this ultimate runner's test-a grueling road race over a course that's 26 miles, 385 yards long. This small-trim For Dummies guide shows first-time marathoners how to realize their dreams-and helps veteran marathoners shave minutes off their time. Written by one of the top professional road racers in the U.S. today, the book presents a complete marathon training program, offering savvy advice on nutrition, hydration, stretching, injury prevention, mental preparation, and other issues that are key to success. And because marathons are so demanding-even experienced marathoners can't run more than a few a year-Marathon Training For Dummies also offers training tips for half-marathons and other distance events.
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5-0 out of 5 stars If you run, read this book!
I really appreciated this book because it takes you fro beginning to end, from before you ever start running to running a marathon and after.It gives great tips for training and stretching and has some tidbits that are useful for those who run all the time but have never donw a marathon.I really appreciated the tips on race day and what to expect.This is really helpful and I plan to use it for my first 1/2 marathon.Great Book, Easy to read!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not you one stop shop, but really good information to have on hand, the isolated stretches were worth it to me
This is a really good basic fundamentals book for training to run a marathon. It promises to help you train. I think the section on isolated stretches is worth it alone.

This is not your one stop shop for running advice, but it is a good place to start your training from. As a newbie to running, I thought this was extremely helpful.The book is divided into 5 parts,

I. Getting Started with Your Marathon Training, (risks and rewards of running, choosing your running gear, figuring out where you and when to run, taking your first run, stretching, warming up, and cooling down)

II.Taking Your Running a Stride Farther (developing a mileage base, addig strength and speed, improving your running technique, eating and running)

III. Dealing with Running Injuries (pinpointing the cause of injuries, treating your injuries, cross-training while you're injured)

IV. Planning Racing Strategies (easing into marathon racing, marathon countdown: T minus 24 hours, After Your Marathon is Over, Reducing Your finishing time next time)

V. The Part of Tens (ten ways to keep running fun, ten biggest marathons, best tune-up races in North America)

Primarily I have focused on the earlier chapters.My actual goal is not to run a marathon at this point, I want to increase my endurance, I want to be comfortable as a long distance runner who runs for health.In that respect this book was very helpful for me.Your goals may not be the same as mine.Runners World has a Running Book for Women and I also found that book to be extremely helpful for the specific needs of women to men.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not recommended
I bought this book as I was looking for some motivation and training tips to run another marathon. Unfortunately, this book has failed in both respects. While some of the tips might be useful for people who have never taken part in any type of physical activity before, I would guess that these people would only benefit from small sections of this book.

The author clearly has a great deal of knowledge and experience, but unfortunately this is not passed onto the reader as effectively as it could have been.

4-0 out of 5 stars great rudimentary read
Marathon for Dummies is an excellent way to acquire a holistic understanding about what to expect/prepare for when running your first marathon. I highly recommend it for beginner marathoners.

3-0 out of 5 stars Has some good info but also some dubious advice
I've run one marathon and am training for my 2nd so I'm not a veteran by any means.

After reading this book I began to wonder if the author had actually run a marathon but couldn't find any references to her completing a marathon. I figured she *must* be a marathoner to write about it even though her credentials listed her as a top road racer which usually means shorter distances. Someone else says she ran a 3:06 time.

My primary concerns with this book:

1. Suggesting that you run 1-3 miles of warmup prior to a marathon, especially a first-timer, is not a good idea. You are going to need those 1-3 miles of leg strength at the end of your first marathon. All the other veteran marathon experts recommend very little if any warmup prior to a first marathon. Use the early miles as the warm up! I guess a few jumping jacks to get the blood flowing is not a bad idea but be careful. Of course, if you're trying to win in your first attempt, sure, you need to be ready to go at the gun but most people reading a "dummies" book aren't in this category.

2. Not eating breakfast for a morning marathon is bad advice. You already have gone 6-12 hours or more from the previous day without food and you're asking your body to go run 26.2 miles with only sports drinks and gels for fuel?? Most first-timers are running 3:00 - 6:00 hour times and this is a long time to be on your feet on an empty fuel tank. The author seems to base her premise on the shorter distance races which don't require as much fuel. I eat a full breakfast (cereal, toast, eggs, yogurt, vegetable juice) prior to all my 15+ mile runs - just avoid the grease and anything that normally causes digestion problems. I generally eat 1-2 hours prior to the long run so, yes, that does mean getting up a little bit early for an 8:00 a.m. marathon start time. You're awake with anxiety anyway, so why not get a little fuel in your body??

3. Not drinking prior to the marathon is even worse advice. The author's concerns about having to go to the bathroom are noted but dehydration is much more serious than a few stops at the porta-johns. Not only should you drink water prior to the marathon but you should drink at least 16-32 ounces. Yes, do give yourself plenty of time to use the facilities but be sure to hydrate!!! Her advice to drink at all the water stops is correct no matter how you feel or the temperature. Your body is going to heat up a lot and if the humidity is over 50%, it will be even more difficult to stay cool.

The author knows alot about running and gives good advice about shoes, clothing, stretching, injuries and general diet. There is an obvious omission of advice of the actual race which leads me to believe the author had not yet completed a marathon. A first-timer will be very nervous about the 26.2 mile distance and needs to be re-assured that if they trained properly (building a base, completing several long runs and tapering), they should be ready to get to the finish line.

Hal Higdon has a terrific web site (halhigdon.com) for all levels of runners.
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20. Marathon and Half-Marathon: The Beginner's Guide
by Marnie Caron, The Sport Medicine Council of BC
Paperback: 224 Pages (2006-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Over 20 million Americans run recreationally, but doing it right is more than a matter of buying an expensive pair of shoes and heading for the track. Building on the popularity of the Beginning Runner’s Handbook, this practical, easy-to-use guide provides a step-by-step program for running the half or the full marathon for the first time. It shows readers how to get motivated and set realistic goals, choose the proper shoes, eat right, build strength and endurance, and avoid sore muscles and injury. The book includes tips from elite runners on such subjects as staying motivated when the weather is extreme, running technique, running with a dog, and running partners. Finally, the book describes strategies for the race, what to expect on race day, and the psychological effects of finishing a half or full marathon. Most importantly, it includes a full training program designed to ensure that crucial first race is a winner. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful information for beginners
I read this book after completing by first half San Francisco 2010 marathon. This book has some useful tips on diet that I can use for my full marathon training.

Must have c's for marathon: Commitment and Consistency

Pg 58 Provides weekly progress charts. Progress (training) chart is divided in 7 phases, 26 weeks.

Books answers some of the common questions that beginners have:
Choosing between the Half and Full Marathon (pg 11)
Pacing (pg 41)
Should I estimate how long it will take to complete my event? (pg 82)
Is it important to know my pace? (pg 84)

Diet is covered in chapter 5.
Most common injuries (pg 161)
- iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) (knee)
- Patello-femoral syndrome (aka runners knee) (Knee)
- Tibial stress syndrome (aka shin splints) (Shin)
- Plantar fasciitis (Feet)
- Achilles tendonitis (Ankle)

As this is my first book on marathon I cannot compare it with other books. I will update this review after reading other books.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Half Marathon Basics Book
This is a good book for the beginning athlete contemplating making their long term goal the completion of a half marathon.

The training schedule involves walking at set periods of time during every run and in the half marathon itself, which may be a less scary approach than committing oneself to eventually making a long run of 2 hours or more at the end of the half marathon training.

There is some solid, basic nutritional information in the Fueling the Athlete chapter, but since the book is written by a Canadian, all the recommendations based on weight are in kilograms, not pounds.

This would be a good first book to read for a runner just beginning half marathon training, as it covers all sorts of questions, like including your family in running, running with a stroller and running with a dog.

5-0 out of 5 stars I did it -- so can you
I used this plan literally starting from getting off the couch and not being able to run 1 min.Built up, using the training plan listed in the book, to a run of 30 min / walk 1 min for 11 miles.

Completed my first half-marathon this past weekend and owe a lot to this book.Great beginner guide.

5-0 out of 5 stars good beginners book
This book got me confident that I could run again after taking about 7 years off from any type of exercise after having two children. Great information. The training schedule is very functional for a busy mom. Finished a half-marathon after training using this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Place to Start
This book is a good place to start. I agree with the last review ... it is not a Jeff Galloway book but if you are a true biginner, it is a good place to start. It has good basic pointers that are easy to understand.

I would say that if you are going to run a FULL marathon, you will need a more indepth book with more advanced information. This book is good to get you into a HALF marathon. ... Read more

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