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Running a Marathon For Dummies Paperback – November 13, 2012
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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
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
He believes that running form should only be utilized in younger runners which I find absurd.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
A total hit
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*.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well written book with lots of great information for all levels of runners.Published 2 months ago by Gioia A. Akers
I actually had borrowed this book from my local library. I got it wet so I checked out Amazon to buy a replacement for the book that I had slightly damaged. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Katherine Ervin
I got this book for my (then) 15-year-old son, who ran a 5K last spring and has been reasonably serious about running more, and longer races. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Debra Brinkman
Decent reference guide - it would take a long time to piece together all the subjects he covers from free Internet articles.Published on April 18, 2013 by Beatrice Izzey
As the director of a nationwide marathon training program, I have read many books and articles on training and running a marathon, and I found that Jason Karp's book was right on... Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by dmercer
I can only review this book from the perspective of one who has not yet run a marathon. I read it while running serious distances and considering preparing for a marathon. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Joe American