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First Marathons: Personal Encounters With the 26.2-Mile Monster Paperback – September 15, 1999
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Why would anyone want to run 26 miles? Here are many answers from many different people. They are moving to read, not because the author is a gifted story-teller, but because the courage, humility, and conviction of her subjects is so clear that it shines through even when the retelling lacks those qualities in itself. Some people set out to run the marathon to change themselves. More don't understand their reasons for embarking on the journey but find that in the training and completion of this epic that they are forever changed.
Approximately 1 million Americans have run a marathon. I've run two. It's difficult to explain in a few words why those two painful, arduous days are two of the happiest days of my life. After you read this book, you will begin to understand why. If you are one of the lucky ones who has "been there, done that" the recollections should renew the wonder and pride you felt at your first finish line. If you are one of the people who has ever wondered that you might someday do this crazy thing, beware! This book is more likely to set you off on the training road than all the running "how-to" books you could buy at Amazon.
A marathon IS a 26.2 mile monster. And because it's such an awesome accomplishment, it is often a lifechanging experience. That's what Ms. Waesche gets across, and that's exactly what is was like for me.
Everyone who has run a marathon, or more importantly, has even the hint of desire to run a marathon, has to read this book. It makes a very difficult and wonderful experience seem humanly possible.
Thank you Gail for writing this book. And please PLEASE come out with a volume II.
I wish there were more stories about the challenge and difficulty of the training process.
I purchased this book before I ran my first marathon hopeing to gain insite into what I would encounter. I also bought several other copies as gifts to friends who needed some encouragement to run their first marathon. It certainly is an exceptionally nice gift for any runner or runner-to-be.
Just can't wait too see volumn 2 of First Marathons!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm about to run my first marathon and wanted to read as much as I could about other people's experiences. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bearfoot
So much enjoyed reading all the stories of the marathoners.......so much inspiration for me, I plan on giving this book as a gift to several of my running friends!!Published 16 months ago by kelly havlin
After reading the stories in this book, it inspired me to go out for a run! Great read!Published 16 months ago by Pamela D. Stephenson
Eh, worth a read if you're training for a marathon, but many of the stories don't relate to average runners.Published 17 months ago by Nuggetofun
I enjoyed reading all the personal accounts of first marathons. I would read them at night and be inspired to set my alarm to get up for an early morning run. Read morePublished 21 months ago by M. Barker
Wish it was more up to date. Very inspiring. People from all walks of life can do a marathon iffff they want.Published 23 months ago by Karen A. Kowalski
I enjoyed reading everyone's experience of their first marathon, however, this book is very dated by now. It could use a re-work and bring us up to the current millennia.Published on August 15, 2013 by joleen fuson