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Half-Marathon: A Complete Guide for Women
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2013
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I love reading Jeff Galloway's books. This one is excellent too. I'm a fairly new runner - just started at the beginning of September and was able to run the Marine Corps Marathon 10K at the end of October thanks to this book and his training iPhone apps. Being able to run 6 miles with 7 weeks of training might not seem like much, except that I am a 50 year old woman who hadn't run, at all, since 7th grade, and I kept a consistent 11:00 per mile pace throughout the whole race and finished strong. I am now using this book and another of his apps to help me train for my first half marathon at the end of March. There is great info in this book about the run-walk-run method, training schedules, diet, even apparel. I am glad that I purchased it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I found out about this book after completing my thirteenth half-marathon, my second with the Rock-and-Roll series (the first being in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on 3 September 2006), this time in Savannah, Georgia, on 9 November 2013. It is written primarily for the runner in mind but I find it was useful to me also as a speedwalker.

Particularly noteworthy for the woman runner/walker in preparation or just after a race are Chapters 18 Women-Specific Exercise Issues by Barbara Galloway and 20 Troubleshooting Aches and Pains. At about Mile Eleven of my last half marathon I had developed severe pain in both of my hamstrings. It was helpful to know about the author's opinion as to causes and corrections. In the same chapter the author describes problems with Shins, shoulder and neck muscles, tired and tight; Soreness or pain in the front of the shin (anterior tibial area); Shoulder and neck; Knee pain at the end of a run; Behind the knee pain, tightness or continued soreness or weakness; Quadriceps; Sore Legs and Feet. I only wish the author had described the medical causes of residual pain i.e. osteoarthritis (degenerative knee) or Baker's cyst that might come with long years of training.

A big lesson learned from this book is that training for an event is all important whether you are a runner OR a walker. There are a number of chapters to help prepare you including Chapter 3 Setting Goals and Priorities (Staying injury free--a training journal helps); 10 Half Marathon Training Programs; 12 Speed Training Programs for Top Performance; 24 Mental Training Programs and 26 Cross-Training:Exercise for the Non-Running Days.

I really liked that the book also included chapters on the proper clothing and equipment for racing including an emphasis on quality shoes (Chapter 5 Practical Information: Shoes, Equipment, etc.) and what to eat or drink before, during and after a race emphasizing good hydration (Chapter 21 An Exerciser's Diet).

This is a good book: outstanding for the beginning female marathoner and a very good review for those of us runners (or walkers--you can modify the training programs to suit your needs) who have been at it for a while. I would recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2013
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This is a great program for beginners and it is an easy read. I also purchased an app for his 5K training program which is great too. I ran my first 5k and decided to try a 10K. If all goes well and I finish, I think I will be training for my first half marathon. I am in no means the fastest runner, but I am not the slowest runner. This program actually makes it enjoyable with having the walk breaks. I no longer dread "running" days in my exercise program.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
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I am a beginner runner and am planning on running my first half marathon in Sept.. I just want to finish and am not too concerned with my time. The book has several training plans and recommendations for training, including a plan which focuses on finishing. I found this book very informative, it was not too technical or complicated to follow.

I have several running books and this book was worth the money. I would recommend it to anyone starting out.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2013
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Galloway's book is straightforward and easy to understand and follow. His plan works! As an older (68) runner returning to running after many years, I have found his plan to be very accessible, the goals are attainable. My progress is a little slower than it might be were I younger, but there has been definite progress without injury.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2013
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A great book to help you focus on YOURSELF and what your goals are. No need to worry about those around you- awesome motivation!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2013
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I am a novice runner who can complete four miles after several months of building myself up. I learned that I was overtraining and have some great tools for a half marathon I hope I get into in April!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Although I'd been exercising for several years (through a 40 lb weight loss) I never really considered running. To be fair I was a terrible, slow runner all through school. Even though I did a ton of aerobics in the 80's and was a body builder for a couple of years running always felt out of my reach. Instead I turned to stationary cycling, elliptical training, and walking. However I always had this bucket list item that was run a 10K. At the time I said that (many years ago) I think it was a pipe dream - akin to saying star in a Hollywood blockbuster LOL.

It wasn't until my brother in law started training for a marathon I ever really considered running and making good on the long ago goal. Though the BIL is an athlete and always has been the fact that someone close to me was running made me consider it. I'm very goal oriented so off I went to buy an app and do a C25K program (the app was Get Running and it was awesome!).

Like everything else in my life I am always "all in". So as I neared the finish of the 5K and ran a couple races I started thinking about more. However some nagging issues with my calves surfaced again after nearly 30 years and I could see the straight running dream of my 10K disappear in front of my eyes. Then I heard about Galloway - so this is the first book I picked up. It was very good - very thorough and has a lot of good info. I really enjoy the format of the book - the way the chapter are laid out. The training plans make sense (though I do wonder about the conflict here with increasing mileage and the 10% rule since the training here seems to violate that 10% rule I keep hearing from everyone). I didn't necessarily think the women's parts were that amazing - but the info was good.

Because I'm obsessive I also went and got Galloway's Book on Running and his Marathon You Can Do It! and I REALLY like the latter the best of all the books. It feels ultra complete, is written in a great style, and covers nearly everything you can think of (I'll edit my review when hindsight is upon me). For some reason that book is much more motivating to me. Though the content is largely duplicative somehow it makes me feel like I want to go out and run a marathon and this book here just feels like more research. It's a great book - I'd just recommend the other book more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2014
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I am a newbie runner and had decided to work up to running a half marathon. Thanks to Jeff Galloway for creating a method that makes running semi-enjoyable for newbies and for a step by step process for finishing a half. So, far I haven't had any trouble completing workouts and am still injury free. No puking involved either! Written just for women and has great tips and tricks to make it fun. Highly recommend it and have already suggested it to my running buddies.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2013
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Jeff Galloway is awesome. He can get anyone to run distance. His method is the easiest, safest and most comfortable way to increase your mileage. Who doesn't like more work with less effort? Highly recommend it!
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