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The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and On with Your Training Paperback – January 3, 2007
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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.Read more ›
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
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.
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.Read more ›
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Read it many times though I haven't officially done a full marathon. Her humor was on point and yet still delivered what i needed. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amy L. Cleveland
Wow. People take themselves much too seriously. There are countless marathon training books out there written by accomplished athletes that provide every detail needed to run a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a funny dry wit humoresque story with lots of good information. She tells the story of her marathon training ups and downs. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ANN
A great read for women who are going to start a marathon training. I read this book with others, however this one had humor and it was a joy to read.Published 6 months ago by amy m.
This book taught me that anything is possible if you want to do it you don't need to be a pro athlete, just need to try. This book had humor and the painful truths about training. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dani Leonard
Interesting read but Dawn tried way too hard to be funny to the point she was making jokes every other sentence that fell flat. A good editor should've caught that. Read morePublished 15 months ago by missyj95