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About the Author

Dawn Dais is the head writer for and the new national magazine Hilarious. Her series of articles, titled "Search for Sport," runs in Cascade Sports Magazine. Dais contributes to a number of other local and national publications and has been featured on the well-known Quotable Cards series. Never say never, Dais continues to run. She lives in Sacramento, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; 1 edition (January 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580052053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580052054
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dawn Dais is a freelance writer, designer, and filmmaker from Sacramento, CA. Her two previous books, The Sh!t No One Tells You and The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women, were published by Seal Press, have topped best-seller lists, and have been featured by countless TV and print media sources. Her uniquely sarcastic yet inspiring tone has entertained and guided an enthusiastic core of readers through their various ridiculous life challenges (running marathons and babies).

​Dawn's most recent book The Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlerscontinues where her first Sh!t book left off and guides parents through the joy that is the Wrath of the Toddler. It is a funny and informational book about the joys of parenting children who are possessed by the devil.​

Dawn lives in Sacramento, CA, with her partner, two kids, two dogs, two cats, and the occasional mouse brought into the home by said cats. She is tired.

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374 of 411 people found the following review helpful By Carolina Summer on February 2, 2008
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I loved Dawn's tone and writing style, and this is a very inspirational book and I recommend it to all women interested in running a marathon get it, but with one reservation - I have issues iwth the training schedule included in her book.

I'm truly concerned that she advises that a complete novice who doesn't even own running shoes could attempt a run a marathon with only four month's training. This is a recipe for potentially serious injury. And she provides an example of this herself -- she develops major knee pain, including at the beginning of her marathon before she even began running. Her actual marathon experience is one of someone who trained too quickly; at mile 13, she began to experience severe pain and had real trouble finishing among the "walking dead" at the back of the pack.

I trained to run a marathon in 2002 and I had four months to train, but I was jogging regularly and had been a long distance cyclist for several years. But I injured my back and tendons in my legs on my schedule. A doctor told me that this because my training was too consolidated.

I highly recommend this book if you're considering running a marathon, but if you are indeed a novice do three things before attempting to train:

1) Follow her advice to have a thorough medical checkup, although I will add that it's ultra helpful to find a doctor who is familiar with sports medicine

2) get a real-life coach/experienced marathoner to talk to before you beginn and ideally to supervise your training; you can talk to people at running speciality stores to find a good person and

3) check out a number of other marathon training schedules, such as Hal Higdon's novice schedule (which is a 7 1/2 month program) and another by coolrunning.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By S. Broumley on July 25, 2011
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The author should be ashamed of herself for giving such horrible advice to the unsuspecting novice runners who will purchase this as an actual training guide!

With a training schedule peppered with such sage tips as: Masking your pain with over the counter medication - "Yes, Advil is a major food group" and Over training - "If it hurts to get out of bed in the morning, then you know you are training correctly" coupled with delightful adolescent remarks like: "...oh CRAP you have to run twelve miles next week", you're sure to be headed down the wrong path.

Some may find her irreverent writing style humorous, but the wealth of bad advice offered up in the first chapter convinced me to get RID of this book and focus on another written by professionals who actually gave cogent advice for training for your first marathon.

IF you buy this book, buy it for the joke that it is. If you are honestly looking for advice on training for your first marathon, look elsewhere. I'm currently reading and thoroughly enjoying The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer: The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Beki*Lynne! on March 2, 2010
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This book was definitely funny and an easy read. Motivating, though? Not so much. After the 47th time hearing about her horrible, aching kneecaps and how much pain it was and how horrible training was and how much she hated it... Well, I wasn't so interested in a marathon (which should be the entire basis of the book, to motivate you to run a marathon!). It's a very good thing I was well on my way with my half marathon training when I read this book, otherwise I would've scrapped the whole thing altogether!

There were _several_ points that made me laugh out loud, and a couple pages I marked because they were worth rereading! But the thing that really disappointed me was that she actually advocated looking up your symptoms/aches/pains/injuries on the internet and self-diagnosing/treating!! Now, I know we ALL do it, but I just found it completely irresponsible of her and her publisher to actually TELL you to do that, where they should have been saying "SAVE YOURSELF A POTENTIALLY GREATER INJURY: GO TO A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL!!!" The act of publishing the book immediately made her somewhat of an "expert" and NO expert should EVER suggest just looking it up on the internet!

With that said, it was worth my reading as an already established runner. It was an enjoyable (for the most part) read, but definitely not something I would actually recommend to new runners or those that don't already have a solid support-group of other experienced runners around them that are willing to help motivate.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Stinnett on November 2, 2010
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This book is geared for people who have never run before or have been only running for a few months prior to undertaking the daunting task of running a marathon. What I liked about this book is that it does not provide so much information that it confuses someone new to the sport. I had never heard of GU, Bodyglide, Fuel Belts, etc and this book introduced me to it and was not at all intimidating like some of the other marathon training books I have read. You are not going to find chapters dealing with terms like fartleks, interval training, tempo runs, etc. The purpose is not to be fast but to finish, and Dawn does a great job presenting the material in a funny no nonsense manner.

Dawn credits Jeff Galloway's walk/run progam which she uses, however, she does modify it to include more running than his program calls for. Obviously that was a mistake on her part, as she was in excruciting pain for much of her training and marathon. But I do thank her for introducing me to Galloway's program and I highly recommend to anyone interested in finishing a marathon with their knees intact, to buy one of Galloway's books. They won't leave you laughing, but they won't leave you crying in pain either.

Bottom line: Even though I enjoyed reading this book, I think there are a lot better beginner marathon books out there for people wanting more that just laugh their way through a book.

And I think it is important to know that Ms. Dais would never have made it through any marathon other than the Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii, because that is the only marathon that does not have a cut off time. Most marathon's impose a 6-7 hour time limit for all finishers. I thought it was strange that Dawn does not mention how long it took her to finish her marathon so I looked it up on the internet.
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