The Non-runner's Marathon Trainer by David A. Whitsett

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sharon wells
Reviewed: 27 January 2007

FABULOUS BOOK ON MARATHON TRAINING FOR THE NOVICE

Easy to read week by week. Essential advice on how to get through the 26 miles both physically and mentally.
None all round brilliant.
Got this non runner through her first london marathon in her 40th year in 4 hours 35 mins. wish i could find as good a book to enable me to run this year in a better time.
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ShufflingB
Reviewed: 22 January 2007

REALLY GOOD FOR THE FIRST TIMER OF ANY LEVEL

Step by step, easy to follow guide to getting through your first one ... worked for me :-)
Perhaps sacrifices a bit too much useful information in the search of making the book easy on the first timer.

If you do more and want to improve you'll be looking elsewhere pretty quickly.

Very good first book, was put onto it by reviews on Amazon.

It helped all 105kg of me go from someone who hadn't done any sustained exercise since leaving school 20+ years ago, smoked for big chunks of that time into an individual who completed a full blown marathon 9(ish) months later after deciding I had to stop the rot. I've done three more since, as well as numerous other shorter runs, I'm a lot fitter and the book helped me get there and for that reason I consider it an excellent purchase.
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Roisin Dempsey
Reviewed: 18 May 2006

DEFINITELY RECOMMEND TO A FRIEND

Covered all the basics for absolute beginners; gear, diet,injuries etc.four day/wk programme is do-able with gently increasing milage per wk until taper.great psychological advice which really worked despite my initial doubts. easy read with no jargon to scare off the new runner.
think that i might have been better off with one run longer than 18 miles but the book still helps u to achieves the aim of finishing your first marathon.
Recommend it as a starter book. five stars from me! think other first-timers will find it to be very useful as it contains all the necessary info without scary splits, fartleks etc.
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st-jerome
Reviewed: 05 December 2005

MAKE THIS YOUR FIRST-TIME MARATHON BIBLE!

Does what it says on the jacket. Got me through my marathon training. Thorough, inspirational, practical, strong on the mental aspects of marathoning.
Parts of it come across as American psychobabble initially (I was very sceptical) but all the cranky sounding stuff about visualisation and other mental techniques is really useful to get you past the almost inevitable wall.
Can't recommend this highly enough. Includes pages to log your training progress and advice on all aspects of marathon preparation. I consulted other books but kept coming back to this one. Only quibble I have is that their maximum long run is only 18 miles. I wasn't confident about that so made my last three long runs 18, 20 and 22. That was my only departure from their schedule, though, and it worked for me.
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