Marathon and Half-Marathon: The Beginning Runner's Guide

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Over 20 million Americans run recreationally, but doing it right is more than a matter of buying an expensive pair of shoes and heading for the track. Building on the popularity of The Beginning Runner’s Handbook, this practical, easy-to-use guide provides a step-by-step program for running a half or full marathon for the first time. It shows readers how to get motivated and set realistic goals, choose the proper shoes, eat right, build strength and endurance, and avoid sore muscles and injury. The book includes ...

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Overview

Over 20 million Americans run recreationally, but doing it right is more than a matter of buying an expensive pair of shoes and heading for the track. Building on the popularity of The Beginning Runner’s Handbook, this practical, easy-to-use guide provides a step-by-step program for running a half or full marathon for the first time. It shows readers how to get motivated and set realistic goals, choose the proper shoes, eat right, build strength and endurance, and avoid sore muscles and injury. The book includes tips from elite runners on such subjects as staying motivated when the weather is extreme, running technique, running with a dog, and running partners. Finally, the book describes strategies for the race, what to expect on race day, and the psychological effects of finishing a half or full marathon. Most importantly, it includes a full training program designed to ensure that that crucial first race is a winner.

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With proper training, most people can successfully run (or walk/run) 13.1 or 26.2 miles (a half and full marathon, respectively). This very basic, nonthreatening guide is great for first-timers who don't care about how long it takes them to do so and just want to finish "with some degree of grace." Caron and her colleagues at "SportMedBC" lay out a 26-week program that combines walking, running and an in-between step called the shuffle, and involves three days of such activity a week (other days are for resting or cross-training). Profiles of everyday runners, tips from elite athletes and mini-lists punctuate the text. The book is best for those who have never run a race before (others will already know, for instance, that "female runners will probably want to consider a sport bra"). Chapters explain proper "fueling," mentally preparing for a distance race, cross training, including one's family in the training and, of course, dealing with the pains that will inevitably arise. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553651581
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 403,517
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Marnie Caron writes extensively in the area of sport health and sport training as SportMedBC’s Communications Coordinator. She holds an M.A. in Communication Studies with a focus on the health of first nations women in Canada. Marnie resides in Vancouver where she combines her love of running with her passion for politics and social development issues.

SportMedBC is a not-for-profit society that is a focal point for sport health, sport safety and sport training within the province of British Columbia. Located in Vancouver, SportMedBC provides a full-range of sport medicine and science related services to athletes, coaches, parents, fitness enthusiasts and others involved in the sport system.

Dr. Jack Taunton is known and respected as one of the top Sports Medicine Doctors in North America. He was Chief Medical Officer of the Sydney 2000 Olympics and two Pan Am and World Student Games; Medical Officer of the '88 Winter Olympics, three Commonwealth Games, and four World Championships; Team Physician for the Vancouver Grizzlies and Vancouver Canucks, and Team Physician for the Women's National Field Hockey Team. Dr. Taunton has also completed over 61 marathons. He lives in Vancouver.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    Excellent!

    This is an awesome book for either a new marathoner OR a seasoned marathoner as well. So much good information, and the presentation is interesting. A very easy read. The best thing is that it is written for just about anyone who wants to learn about running or just improve her/his time and do it injury fee. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2011

    CANNOT READ APPENDIX ON NOOK!

    I purchased this book for the training schedule, but cannot read it on the nook due to its size. You cannot zoom in, so the only way to read the appendixes is downloading it to your computer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2011

    not very good

    This book is designed for a person that is overweight or has never ran befor. If you are looking for a plan to follow this one is 26 weeks long and will not challenge you if you have ran a 5k in the past. The charts to not work with the mook and they can not be enlarged.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2009

    The Perfect Book for First Time Half/Full Marathon Runners

    This book enabled me to run my first half marathon. I have been running for the last 5 years and this book helped me get past the 5k races. It is very informative. I was completely ready to run the race and felt very comfortable after reading this book. It totally prepared me for the event, which took place 180 miles from my hometown. From travel planning, to picking up packets, to eating the night before and morning of the race, the information was excellent. I did get a little nervous before the start of the race, but I remembered reading that I had no one to impress-just me. And IF I finished-great, and WHEN I finished--WOW. It was an experience I'll never forget. I've already signed up for another half. At age 56, I don't know if a full is in the cards for me, but you never know. Maybe training for the full marathon won't be that hard now. I would definitely recommend this book to ANYONE that wants to try to run a half marathon.

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