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Marathon: You Can Do It! Paperback – May 11, 2010
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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?!Read more ›
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great resource for preparing for my first marathon. I like the tips on mental preparation. Jeff addresses more than just physical aspects of trainingPublished 16 days ago by Kyle England
Jeff Galloway is THE MAN. You really can do a marathon (and smile at the finish), if you follow his plan. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jessica L. Doffing
I ran the Detroit Free Press Marathon in 2010 and really struggled the last 4 miles. I bought this book and tried the "Galloway Method" of training and though it took some... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J.Wolverine
Great book! I love the way Jeff can guide even a couch potato that has never run a way to train without causing injury. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mary Harvey
Got me through my first Marathon after another training program left me injured. At the end of this book you can continue with Run /Walk or strike out on a full run program - you... Read morePublished 7 months ago by EZ Flyer