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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 (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dawn Dais is the head writer for Sportsvite.com 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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Dawn Dais is a freelance writer, designer, and filmmaker from Sacramento, CA. Her two previous books, The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women and The Noncyclist's Guide to the Century and Other Road Races, were published by Seal Press, have topped Amazon.com 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 towards their various ridiculous athletic goals.

​Dawn's most recent book The Sh!t No One Tells You will be out in June 2013 and is a funny and informational book about the joys of parenthood.​

Dawn lives in Sacramento, CA, with her family.

Customer Reviews

Very funny and well written book...I really enjoyed reading this.
Training for my first marathon
A way to feel like someone else really gets the aches, pains, and reward of running.
DisneyFan
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to get started running.
Sheila K. Jeffers

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358 of 395 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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39 of 41 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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25 of 28 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah Sharp on July 16, 2011
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The author of this book ran a half marathon followed by walking a half marathon and got horribly injured in the process (something about "losing" both kneecaps?). She is funny and relatable, but funny and relatable will not get you across the finish line. If you want a book to help you on your journey, think twice before purchasing this one.
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64 of 87 people found the following review helpful By lilmonster on March 14, 2007
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i can't remember the last time i laughed this hard while reading a book. better yet, i am living proof that this book actually works. the author goes with an "I'm the lowest common denominator" approach to make you feel better about your ability to run (or hobble/crawl/etc.) to the finish line. even after she had made me a regular runner i'd go back for reminders about the good ole (couch potato) days. finally, a book to get you into shape without boring you to tears doing it.
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