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The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and On with Your Training Kindle Edition
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I was slightly conflicted when it came to rating this book:
1)As an actual marathon guide for women, my rating would've been 0.5 stars (0.5 for the effort) since the advice given is mostly pretty terrible (she did warn that she's a NON-runner).
2)As an anecdotal, zero-to-hero story of a couch potato turned marathon runner, this gets 4 stars from me. The self-deprecating humour, moans about 7am runs, GU energy gels, sports bra; I love it and can totally relate to some of the issues especially flashing back to my first ever marathon (e.g Sports bra cutting through skin - done that!)
My advice (warning?) to potential buyers out there is this; if you've ran a marathon before and you enjoy sarcasm/self-deprecation/some insults the sport, this is definitely a must-read. If you are a first time marathoner looking for advice on running a marathon; don't bother - you're better off with the Runner's World series.
Having said all that, buy this book anyway. It's witty and intelligent. And you may just find yourself attempting things you didn't think you could do. Don't think of it as a how-to guide for running marathons. Think of it as inspiring you to do things against your better judgment and being happy about that.
The book is primarily entertaining. It has some good information and some good advice for new runners. I disagree with some things like the author's insistence that when you are training for a marathon you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. This is simply not true unfortunately. But all in all the info is good and sound.
Second, and most importantly, Dawn is not a doctor. Do not read this book and take it as a marathon runners bible. If you are serious about running a marathon I would hope you do a lot more research than just one book. Dawn never states her way is the only, and right, way. She frequently states you should go to your own doctor if you experience intense pain.
The book as a whole is excellent. It is funny, a good beginner's book and provides a personal account of a marathon experience. Not everyone will have the same running experience, but if you're thinking of running one then this is a good start. Every part of your body will hurt, the long runs take up a lot of your time, and you can eat vast amounts of food and not gain weight....Dawn describes all of this in her book.
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