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Run Your First Marathon: Everything You Need to Know to Reach the Finish Line Paperback – November 17, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (November 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602391203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602391208
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,931,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Who better than Grete Waitz, nine-time winner of the New York City marathon, to take a runner through that first 26.2 mile race? Ms. Waitz's conversational style makes this book less like a dry manual and more like having a friend tell you what to expect. -- Dallas Morning News

About the Author

Grete Waitz is a celebrated marathoner who has won the New York City Marathon a record nine times.


Gloria Averbuch is a competitive runner and the author of The New York Road Runners Complete Book of Running Fitness. She lives in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

Gloria Averbuch is a competitive runner and writes extensively on running and fitness.

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I've done quite a bit of reading on completing half and full marathons.
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Specifically, weeks 2 and 3...the training regiments don't add up to 25 and 31 minutes respectively.
Christopher T. Ford
Contacting the publisher of the book did finally net me the accurate walk to run program.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hawkinson VINE VOICE on January 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you do a quick google search of Grete Waitz you will find a ton of information on such an accomplished runner. For this alone her book is worth considering. Her wealth of knowledge is put to good use as she walks the runner through the experience from the ground up, moving from beginning training to after finishing, giving anecdotes and examples along the way.

I've ran in 6 marathon or longer races thus far and am still learning some of what she writes in this book. Reader beware, though, this book is for exactly what the title states, for runners looking to run their first marathon. A lot of the information given is very basic to runners who have ran this distance already, but to someone who never has ran 26.2 she touches on every aspect and allows the runner to become well informed in what they are getting into.

She briefly touches on two training schedules within the book. The first is for those readers who have ran very little at all. It sets them up and begins conditioning them to running, which in turn prepares them for the actual marathon training. So if you do run some then the training schedule number two is where you would begin. But it is very basic, kind of a run these miles on these days on this week. And she makes it clear that this book is not meant as a day by day guide to your training.

Instead she focuses on the stuff that is overlooked when researching and preparing for a marathon. She goes over running basics, such as form and speed and so on, as well as signs to prevent injury, motivation, and running gear among other information. But the most important chapter is Chapter 12: Marathon Nutrition and Hydration. Even if you have ran a marathon before this is a good chapter to read and refresh and/or educate yourself again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Omnivagus on June 5, 2010
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By hearing the credentials of Grete Waitz, I was expectant to learn much from this book about my first marathon training. What I got however, was the desire to break out a red pen and an overwhelming need to get a better book. The entire work is filled with obvious grammatical errors (even on the back cover, "udated" rather than "updated" is featured in bright yellow lettering. If only I had paid attention to that!) English errors aside, this isn't a very helpful book as a guide. Most of the information in it is little more than common sense, and if it isn't, could have easily been gleaned from the internet. Grete has but one 16 week training program, and a bonus one previous to that to make sure you are fit to run. The descriptions of the programs are lacking at best, and offer scant insight on the timing of strength training or stretching. For a better knowledge base and a book you'll go back to when you have questions, try The Marathon Method: The 16-Week Training Program that Prepares You to Finish a Full or Half Marathon in Your Best Time By Tim Holland- it features far more detailed and varied training plans, so you'll be more likely to find one that suits you. With all respect to Waitz and her amazing accomplishments, her book fell far short of the training bible she claims it to be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Demanding customer on February 29, 2008
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Interesting, well-written and informative book. It is truly a book for first-timers, however, and most of the information -although relevant to running- is general, for the large public. She does cover most if not all topics that you might want to read about. It is a good inspiration especially if you doubt you can run a marathon.
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By Cheryl Moran on December 27, 2013
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Even though I didnt get to run my first marathon cause of an injury I love this book and am going to try again after the first of the year.
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By SalvoTim on November 2, 2011
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If you only read one book to prepare for your first marathon, read this one! It has got everything you need to know. It's an enjoyable mix of annecdotes, training plans and practical advice. Waitz is very honest and down-to earth.
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The walk to run program prescribed in this book is RIDDLED WITH ERRORS! The minutes do not add up for much of the program! Do not buy if you are hoping to follow this plan to run your first marathon. Find the first edition and buy that book if you want the correct walk to run plan! Contacting the publisher of the book did finally net me the accurate walk to run program.
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