Feet Don't Fail Me Now: The Rogue's Guide to Running the Marathon

Feet Don't Fail Me Now: The Rogue's Guide to Running the Marathon

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by Ben Kaplan
     
 

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Based on his own experience transforming himself from a degenerate bar fly into a dedicated runner who qualified for the Boston Marathon, Ben Kaplan provides a week-by-week training program, split into four sections, each concluding with a race from 5km to a full 26.2-mile marathon. With wit, self-deprecation, and the input of experts from around the world, he

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Based on his own experience transforming himself from a degenerate bar fly into a dedicated runner who qualified for the Boston Marathon, Ben Kaplan provides a week-by-week training program, split into four sections, each concluding with a race from 5km to a full 26.2-mile marathon. With wit, self-deprecation, and the input of experts from around the world, he provides critical information on nutrition and hydration, selecting shoes, race strategy, pacing, proper form, motivation, and how to stave off injuries while continually crossing new finish lines. He shares running music recommendations provided personally by a variety of pop and rock stars, including Paul Simon, Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, Ghostface Killah, Willie Nelson, Feist, and Norah Jones. Kaplan's infectious enthusiasm about running — and music — inspires the most recalcitrant runners to lace up their shoes and hit the pavement.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/27/2014
Kaplan, a journalist and running instructor, offers an irreverent, light-hearted, yet informative guide to the serious business of running. Starting at the very beginning—getting out for a first run—he takes the reader on a year-long journey involving training and preparation for 5 km, 10 km, half-marathon and marathon distance runs. Drawing on a variety of experts and his own experience as a self-described "average" runner, Kaplan sets out helpful weekly training programs and addresses a wide range of issues: the physiology and psychology of running, nutrition, clothing and finding support in the community of runners. This "average" 50-something runner/reviewer found the chapter on cross-training an affirmation of what works best for aging joints and muscles. Kaplan weaves music into the training program, mostly by pop musicians. Music preferences, like training programs, tend to be highly individual and subjective, but the author notes that the songs he has included are only suggestions. Each runner's play list will be unique. References to very current political events, not to mention the pop songs, could quickly date an otherwise timely guide that has the potential to be well-worn by many new runners in the years to come. Agent: Chris Bucci, Anne McDermid & Associates. (Jan.)
From the Publisher

“A unique and riveting read. Entertaining, informative, and inspiring.”— John Stanton, Founder of the Running Room

“Equal parts inspiring and practical, Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now makes the inaccessible art of running accessible, fun, and meaningful.”— Jesse Eisenberg, Actor and runner

"I loved Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now. This is the book I’d recommend to any marathon hopeful"—Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of both the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon

"I love that this book is funny—boy, do we runners need that! It’s also as practical as running from one mailbox to the next with no concern for flashy gear. And—surprise!—it’s delightfully musical."
—Kathrine Switzer, First woman to officially run the Boston Marathon and author of Marathon Woman

Library Journal
02/01/2014
Kaplan, who writes a weekly running column for Canada's National Post, was a nonrunner who turned himself into a Boston Marathon qualifier. He has written a guide to help wanna-be runners do the same. He takes readers from running their first 5K race to training to run a marathon in a year. Kaplan opens each chapter with a two- to three-week training plan, explaining how the workouts are structured, and then introducing additional topics, which become more advanced as the book progresses, from run/walks to longer runs, speed work, hill workouts, and cross training. He has a much more casual tone than readers will find in other running training guides as he covers topics such as sneakers, running form, motivation, and diet, with advice from professional runners such as Josphat Nzinga and Kenneth Mungara and scientists and medical doctors, for example, the director of clinical dietetics at the Mayo Clinic. A standout feature is the inclusion at the end of chapters of recommendations for songs to listen to that are applicable to the running covered, from the likes of Paul Simon; Raekwon, the Chef of Wu-Tang Clan; Willie Nelson; and Jack White. VERDICT Kaplan isn't covering new ground here, but his hybrid approach of personal experience, reference to experts, and his music recommendations makes for an entertaining book that may appeal beyond the usual readership, providing motivation for novice runners.—Maura Deedy, Weymouth P.L., MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781771000734
Publisher:
Greystone Books
Publication date:
01/14/2014
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,204,860
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Ben Kaplan writes a weekly column on running for the National Post, as well as covering the music scene for the newspaper and interviewing celebrities such as Mel Brooks, Barry Manilow, Snoop Dogg, and Joan Rivers. He also teaches a weekly "Learn to Run" course at the Running Room. Born in Brooklyn, he was an editor at GQ and staff writer at New York Magazine, and has written for The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Runnner's World, and Spin, among other publications.

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Feet Don't Fail Me Now: The Rogue's Guide to Running the Marathon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book to help a new runner start out. This book not only gives you a running map to get to a 5 K all the way to running a marathon in a year it also gives you a playlist for your running routine.  I will be running my first Marathon in 3 weeks and this book gave me an emotional edge that the training I have done will get me to the finish line.  I will be listening to some of the sing suggestions also.