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Marathoning for Mortals: A Regular Person's Guide to the Joy of Running or Walking a Half-Marathon or Marathon Paperback – May 2, 2003
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“Jenny Hadfield is an amazing motivator. She makes regular people believe that they can undertake amazing things--and then she's there all the way to encourage them, right down to the finish line. I've never met another coach quite like her.” —Kathy O'Malley, WGN Radio--Chicago talk show host in training for her first marathon
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"At the end of every marathon training run, I recite the Penguin mantra: 'The miracle isn't that I finished, it's that I had the courage to start.' I thank John Bingham for bolstering my courage and helping me run, literally, for my life."--Jessica Stedman Guff, senior producer of ABC-TV's The View
"Jenny Hadfield is an amazing motivator. She makes regular people believe that they can undertake amazing things--and then she's there all the way to encourage them, right down to the finish line. I've never met another coach quite like her."--Kathy O'Malley, WGN Radio--Chicago talk show host in training for her first marathon
Once considered a feat for superhuman athletes, the marathon is now within every mortal's grasp. Former couch potato John Bingham has joined forces with coach Jenny Hadfield to create a winning plan that works for every mortal--even you.
In Marathoning for Mortals, you'll find the courage to train, the willpower to persevere, and the tenacity to finish one mile after another. John and Jenny stick with you every step of the way, from your first insecure thoughts to your last-minute jitters to your supreme joy at the finish line. In Marathoning for Mortals, you'll find:
8 training programs to run, run-walk, walk-run, or walk the half-marathon and marathon
The advice you need to physically, mentally, and spiritually reach your dreams
Tips to help you customize your training, buy the right shoes and apparel, and eat the best foods
Guidance for common motivational, physical, and emotional roadblocks
Join John and Jenny on an amazing transformative journey where the finish line is just the beginning.
John "the Penguin" Bingham writes a monthly column for Runner's World magazine and teaches the basics of running to adult-onset athletes at his popular Penguin Flight Schools. He is also the author of The Courage to Start: A Guide to Running for Your Life and No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running.
Jenny Hadfield, M.A., C.P.T., is a fitness expert who has trained thousands of walkers, run-walkers, and runners of all levels. Her gentle yet uncompromising approach to training combined with her unique insights into the human body and mind will help you discover your inner long-distance athlete. She has qualified for the Boston Marathon and competed in three Eco-Challenges.
- Publisher : Rodale Books; 1st Edition (May 2, 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1579547826
- ISBN-13 : 978-1579547820
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.47 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #516,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Laura Adair on October 22, 2018
I picked up this book ONLY because I like John Bingham. (Now I like his wife's voice too.) I didn't intend to do any actual marathoning. But about halfway through, I thought, "I could do this," and I looked at the training program to discourage myself. Instead, it still looked doable. And lo, I've done it.
I re-read most of the book in the week before the race, and I realized how soothing the authors sound, how Bingham's self-deprecating humor helped me overcome my own fear, and how their common-sense approach to running is very helpful to beginners like me. Definitely read this if you want to do any serious running.
Frankly, anyone with more than a merely casual interest in running should make reading this book a priority.
I also learned that I'd set my maximum HR too low. They point out that your max HR is the highest it can go, and you can't change it. So I looked through the data recorded by my Garmin and saw that there were a couple workouts where I had exceeded that number by a BPM or two, and one where I'd exceeded it by 10! That was a fun day - the HR monitor was beeping at me like crazy.
I like how it's written to make those of us who excel at some things, but will never actually WIN a marathon, know that it's not about winning. Just about having the guts to do it.
I love there are different programs - including walking or walk/run programs for both the half & full marathons.
I also appreciate the walk through on which program you should do. I immediately thought, well, I've done 3 half marathons, I surely will go for the "Run half Marathon program" - only to see I was setting myself up for failure... & another year of slow time. I am going with the Run/Walk program & am THRILLED.
This book holds so much knowledge & tips & ideas - for new runners & for people like me who have ran, but have had no real "coaching" or guidance.
I truly recommend this book. Can tell I will be turning back to the training pages as I progress & become stronger. And maybe have that full marathon in sight!