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I do own a few running and triathlon text books but they are pretty hard going and rather technical If you have read any other books in the Dummies series you ll know that they are extremely good at demystifying complex subjects I imagine I ll be referring to them a lot over the coming months. (Trihard, November2012)

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Get ready to run the race of your life

Are you an aspiring marathon runner afraid of hitting the wall? Have no fear! Running a Marathon For Dummies gives you exercises, programs, and tips to improve your running stamina, speed, and overall health. It takes you through the steps of training for and running your first 26.2-mile marathon — and beyond. So what are you waiting for? Lace up your running shoes and get ready to move!

  • Get a leg up — find out how much time you'll need to train for running a marathon, pick the right running shoes, and get to know the running techniques to keep you moving without injury
  • It's a plan, man — get a 20-week training plan that safely (and effectively) gets you to the finish line — no matter your status as a beginner, intermediate, or advanced runner
  • Beyond the asphalt — round out your fitness plan with strength training, cross-training, and stretching activities that'll get you in shape to run your heart out
  • Stay on track — ease race-day jitters with time-tested advice on slowing down, giving your body a much-needed break, and getting through the race without losing your cool

Open the book and find:

  • The physiology of running a marathon
  • The proper gear you'll need
  • Trusted guidance on creating a marathon training plan
  • How to identify and prevent common running-related injuries
  • The 4-1-1 on stretching, crosstraining, and recovery during training
  • Practical and motivational pre-race strategies
  • Ten things to do on marathon race day

Learn to:

  • Train for your first marathon no matter your skill level
  • Improve your performance through drills and workouts
  • Successfully complete your first or fastest race
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118343085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118343081
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By nitsa VINE VOICE on December 7, 2012
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Whether you are a novice or a seasoned runner, Jason Karp brings forth his information in the Dummies series. Many beginners make the mistake of training and/or running too hard instead of taking it slowly to reduce injury and burn out. As with the seasoned runner they can also do the same as they try to achieve their dream to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Karp stresses in his book that even though you may be experienced with training and racing, his information takes it one step further to help you seek your goal to actually run Boston. As an older runner you need to also be careful to the amount of miles you run and cross train each week. Remember baby steps to get to the huge step to finish a race regardless the length of the race. Cross training is not a high emphasis in this how to book. Try and get as much as you can from your running training as possible by increasing your distance each week and concentrate on that more than weights and cross training. He believes the more running you do the better. This is a point that I do not agree with. You cannot just run You need to incorporate cross training such as weights, biking, swimming and walking. You need to work the whole body in order to get stronger. Why would you not make your arms stronger? Don't they help us during a race, as they pump up and down to get us going? Riding a bike can also help reduce the impact that our feet and legs endure during our runs. While at the same time riding a bike increases our stamina. Aqua jogging also is a big plus for someone that has been injured due to shin splints, such as myself.
He believes that running form should only be utilized in younger runners which I find absurd.
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I thought the book was informative and broad. I have run one Marathon previous to Reading this book. I did not read anything before running my first Marathon because I didnt want to get overloaded With information. Book more geared to men than women though. I did not like the fact that it was mainly in miles (without km equivalent). I knew this before I bought the book but it was more annoying than I had anticipated.
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I read this book as an intermediate/experienced runner, i found the book was very generic , while there was some ok tips , i have to say have seen it before so was abit disappointed with this, for someone starting out on marathons ideal
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I walked/jogged a marathon ten years ago for the Leukemia and Lymphoma's fund raising arm: Team in Training. They provided extensive training materials as well as a trainer and mentor we could ask questions of and go to with problems and for advice. It became kind of an inside joke with our group--any time you had a problem that was an ache or pain they said "drink more water." Well ten years have passed and the materials have long since been recycled.

Running a Marathon For Dummies (For Dummies (Sports & Hobbies)) caught my eye because I've been toying with walk/jogging another one. I'm not a natural runner by any means. In fact two doctors I consulted for my aches and pains (yes I know - drink more water) suggested I was a sprinter rather than a distance runner...i.e., I do very well at the start, but seriously start to lag by the end. This also can be evidenced by the fact that the group I walked with, well, not to humiliate us all on Amazon--but we came in at something like 8 hours. Bottom ten to finish. But hey we also raised over $20,000 between the four of us!

This particular book is a great book for a beginner and for someone who hasn't run or walked a marathon in years. Most of the information can be found on the Internet, but why take hours to do the work of finding it when you can buy this book and having everything you'd find and more in one handy reference tool?
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First let me say I have a best marathon time of 2:35 and 10 marathons all under 3hrs. Ran college track and have run 1:13 half marathon. After grabbing this book I could not put it down . Everything from the beginner Is covered by the author . It's got everything you need to know to train properly for the 5k to marathon. The best part was it has information for all levels . Researched the author and was a member of the maccabi silver medal half marathon team last summer . Will use as a reference for my training. Next book I hope he adds chapter in revision for masters running
A total hit
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Many marathon training books exist - so why choose this one over the next? For one, training for a marathon is both an art and a science. If a book is too technical or complex, it drowns its audience in the science of running and extensive planning stages. If it's too simplistic or one-dimensional, then it underestimates its audience and sets them up for failure (or injury).

Coach Karp does a brilliant job balancing the specifics of running physiology with the real-world programmatic application of marathon training. He translates his experiences, industry knowledge and genuine enthusiasm for marathons into an easy-to-read resource for all runners - beginning to advance.

After reading it, you're not only empowered to train for a marathon, but are immediately equipped with the know-how to train *effectively*.
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