on June 19, 2006
I think this is a very nice book but perhaps not as "entertainingly" written as the Jeff Galloway running books ("Marathon-You Can Do It" and "Half-Marathon-You Can Do It") that I've also read. The author even quotes Galloway in a couple of places.
Fortunately, the author does not overload you with much drawn out text and lays out a running plan in a nicely formatted grid. She also points out certain details about what can help based on your sex and age. I really enjoyed the little "true stories" sections that the author throws in every so often. These profiles of people who started out as complete beginners and eventually ran a marathon were, to me, very motivational.
The big difference between this and other books is the training time period. Many books claim they can get you ready for the big time in 13 weeks, this book promotes a 26 week program and the author even hints that if you are starting at ground-level zero, a year to your first marathon is even better.
Overall, a pretty good book for beginning runners of all ages who prefer the tortoise to the hare approach before trying that first 13.1 or 26.2 miles!
on October 15, 2007
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.
on February 24, 2009
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.
on November 2, 2015
Great book. My partner is on his 3rd marathon and first half with zero injuries. Stunned our local track coach, who says it's because my partner is really following the training and not doing anything harder, faster, missing trainings, etc, so he's tuning up his body as recommended. My partner wasn't really a runner before this, kind of hated it actually. Now he's addicted (in a good way)
on April 3, 2013
As a beginner runner, after I was able to complete 10K by following the steps of "The Beginning Runner's Handbook: The Proven 13-Week RunWalk Program", I started thinking about trying to do 20K.
There is a semi marathon event taking place in the city where I live at the end of May, and this was January, so it sounded just about feasible, provided I followed through with an ad hoc programme - I injured myself several times when I started running (my own fault for going too hard too fast) before I went with the 13-week-program, so I wanted to be sure I would not end up stranded again with aching feet or knees this time.
Well, since the 13 weeks worked so well for me, after sampling a few semi marathon training guides I decided to stuck with the "sequel". And boy am I happy I did.
Since it's double the distance, it's double the number of weeks, but with 10K I could jump in halfway through the 26 weeks. (Actually, it's almost a shame to buy the 13-week-program if you are going to eventually train for a semi or full marathon - might as well buy that book directly since it also gets you started from scratch).
The advice is just as good - a bit repetitive at first with the 13 week program but that was to be expected - and the tables for the training slowly upgrading your mileage, with recuperation weeks and more intense weeks, no runs two days in a row but three times a week and with walking and cross training days on top of it.
Distances are both in miles and in kilometers, which being from Europe I appreciated a lot!
There is also a "pace chart" sparing you more tedious calculations about how fast you are going to run X distance when your average is Y. The nutrition tips included vegetarian diets and related, which I also liked. There is a lot about changing habits, motivational tips, marathon clinics, family organisation, injuries...
To me the best selling point of the book and its predecessor is the cautious,injury-free approach that makes for a lot less frustration along the way!
So far so good, I'll edit after the 20K event.
on July 28, 2010
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.