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Overview

In today’s modern world, there’s no need for anyone to run twenty-five miles to deliver a message, as Pheidippides did from Marathon to Athens around 500 B.C. However, hundreds of runners each year run 26.2 miles at hundreds of marathons worldwide. To conquer this mountainous challenge, you must know how to properly eat, stretch, identify and treat injuries, and develop a running program that hones your mind and body into a running machine.

Marathon Training For Dummies is for everyone who has always thought about running a marathon or half-marathon (13.1 miles) and for seasoned runners who want to tackle the challenge safely and successfully. This quick-read reference helps all runners:

  • Add strength and speed
  • Weight train
  • Improve your technique
  • Eat to maximize endurance
  • Treat injuries
  • Choose your races

In just four to six months of dedicated training, any runner can be full y prepared to tackle a marathon. Map out an exercise program, choose shoes, and plan the race strategy that will get you across the finish line. Marathon Training For Dummies also covers the following topics and more:

  • How far how fast?
  • Blazing the best trail
  • Stretching methods
  • Doing LSD (Long, Slow Distance)
  • Tempo-run training
  • The last 24 hours
  • The best tune-up races in North America
  • The week after the marathon
With several hundred thousand people finishing marathons each year, you’ll meet plenty of interesting people running along with you. There are numerous rewards for conquering the mental and physical challenges of a marathon, and this fun and friendly guide is your road map to achieving them.
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“…the Dummies series of books have been a godsend…”(Big Issue, 29 March 2003)

“…a well-laid out book full of hints and tips…” (M2 Best Books, 8 July 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764525100
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/14/2003
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tere Stouffer Drenth is one of the top 25 professional road racers in the U.S. today. She was a scholarship runner at the University of Tennessee.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting Started with Your Marathon Training.

Chapter 1: Realizing the Risks and Rewards of Running.

Chapter 2: Choosing Your Running Gear.

Chapter 3: Figuring Out Where and When to Run.

Chapter 4: Taking Your First Run.

Chapter 5: Stretching, Warming Up, and Cooling Down.

Part II: Taking Your Running a Stride Farther.

Chapter 6: Developing a Mileage Base.

Chapter 7: Adding Strength and Speed.

Chapter 8: Improving Your Running Technique.

Chapter 9: Eating and Running.

Part III: Dealing with Running Injuries.

Chapter 10: Pinpointing the Causes of Injuries.

Chapter 11: Treating Your Injuries.

Chapter 12: Cross-Training While You're Injured.

Part IV: Planning Racing Strategies.

Chapter 13: Easing Into Marathon Racing.

Chapter 14: Marathon Countdown: T Minus 24 Hours.

Chapter 15: After Your Marathon Is Over.

Chapter 16: Reducing Your Finish Time Next Time.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Keep Running Fun.

Chapter 18: The Ten Biggest Marathons.

Chapter 19: Best Tune-Up Races in North America.

Appendix.

Running Web Sites and Other Resources.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2004

    A GREAT BOOK

    A great book to get you started. I found it very easy to read and full of helpful information.

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