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". . . sane and wise guidance . . . lots of expert encouragement, backed by Galloway's experience in helping hundreds of marathoners . . ." -- Whole Earth, Winter 2002 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Shelter Publications; Revised Edition edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093607048X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936070483
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
...Respecting the Distance.
Jeff Galloway is an Olympian who has run 130 marathons. That's why I chose to use his training program for my first marathon, because I believe he must know something about running. I am in my seventh week of training and doing wonderfully. People need to realize that Galloway's program is intentionally designed to get you to the starting line and through the marathon injury free and enjoying yourself, not hurting and tortured (although it's still going to be hard). There is nothing second-rate about walk breaks; he even gives the history of marathoning as having included walk breaks in the early days, and examples of modern record setters who took walk breaks. So posh on the nay sayers. When I added walk breaks to my program, the fun immediately came back and I was able to run twice as far with a smile on my face the whole time, enjoying scenery, rather than plodding along like a mule. He backs up his advice with scientific reasoning that makes total sense: when you give the running muscles a brief rest from the beginning and throughout the race, your legs stay fresh. You don't lose time because of this, and then you get to pass people later on, all while minimizing the risk of injury. I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would turn up their nose at that. Hopefully I'll be passing some of them on the course.
As for the reviewer below who said that Galloway doesn't mention goo, that is just inaccurate.
The important thing to remember (!) is that 26.2 miles is a LONG way. Anyone who crosses the finish line is a marathoner, period, whether you ran, walked or crawled. Galloway's training programs (there are 11 to choose from depending on your goals, even time goals for the competitive reviewer below...HELLO! CAN YOU RUN A 2:39?!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Smith's Rock on May 13, 2009
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At age 55, I felt as though I was running out of time to cross "Run a Marathon" off my lifetime list of things to do before leaving this planet. Galloway's book was the first book on training for a marathon that I happened upon, and it was a lucky find indeed.

I trained with my 24 year old son, who had never run a marathon. Neither of us particularly liked running, neither of us were in great shape. Galloway's sensible, step by step, interesting and informative book worked so well for us that we were both able to claim "First time is the charm". The book includes several training detailed running schedules based on speed, and one that is simply labeled "To Finish". We chose "To Finish", and signed up for the 2007 Portland Marathon.

Sticking with the nutritional and motivational advice provided in abundance by the book, we finished each training run with the conclusion "No WAY we can run any further than this". But we did, and as the weeks went by, the distances increased just as Galloway had promised. Injury free, we showed up in Portland, ran the entire race together, stepped on the finish line together, and experienced that incredible feeling of taking on a task that seems impossible, and succeeding.

The book is interesting, full of anecdotes, warm, and encouraging. Think you're too old or too slow to ever run a marathon? Pick up this book, and think again!
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Brian K Harris on May 12, 2011
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I have been using this book and plan for after ten years now and while perusing Galloway's books to find a title for my therapist decided to finally chime in. From being a XC runner in high school and college, the mentality of never stopping during a race was commendable and a rite of passage. Before picking up this book I ran two marathons without stopping. I was 35 then but my back seemed like it was 65. After both those marathons, the "sensation" of a broomstick jamming into my backside was crippling (sciatic nerve). In the advice from a friend I tried the run/walk system. My next marathon brought a Park City time from 4:30 to 3:51 walking every mile. Granted I was pushing mile times, but the result was phenomenal. I now exclusively use the R/W program for training and racing. I have tried a run 4 min, walk 30 second, and a walk each mile marker with success in both. My PR is now a 3:27 which brought me to Boston this last April... so for the doubting speedsters, running fast by walking is possible. For those with back pain, I can't say enough.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Candace Scott on June 5, 2004
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I've long enjoyed Jeff Galloway's articles in "Runners World" and his other running books. This one ranks up there with the best guides on ho w to train for a marathon. It's not preachy or sanctimonious and it offers some sensible tips on how to get yourself in shape to run 26.2 miles. The book is dated, and if you do much of your training on a treadmill, you're out of luck. The book was written before treadmills became a practical way to train indoors in your own home. Aside from this "defect," the rest of the book is excellent. Whether you're an avowed coach potato, or someone who runs 10 miles a week, the book will get you to the starting line and, hopefully, get you to finish your first race.
Running is a joyous activity and one which brings many individual rewards. Finishing your first marathon is one of life's great memories and hopefully, there will be many more for you to savor as you gain experience and fitness. If you're a serious, addicted runner who has never run a marathon, you'll love this book, but the beginners will reap the greatest rewards. It's well-written, fun to read and instructive. Highly recommended.
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