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Marathon Running For Mortals: An ordinary mortal's guide to the joy of running or walking a marathon or half-marathon Paperback – 2 Jan 2004


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale (2 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405041455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405041454
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Bingham (who was born with short legs and a long torso that no amount of running is going to change) writes 'The Penguin Chronicles' for Runner's World magazine and teaches the basics of running to adult-onset athletes. Jenny Hadfield is a fitness expert and coach who has trained thousands of walkers, run-walkers and runners of all levels.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A. Delahunty on 19 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
I decided at the start of this year I was going to run a half-marathon. Having done nothing more than the odd couple of miles here and there, 13.1 miles sounded a bit daunting but do-able in time. So, off I went, training (so I thought) the right way. Turns out, it was the wrong way. I was basically an accident waiting to happen. I reckon a couple more weeks of doing what I was doing would have left me with problems.
This book goes into very good detail about what you should do to train to cover this sort of distance, from walking a half-marathon to running a whole 26.2 miles. It covers not only training, but also gear you should be looking at, getting the right shoes (all shoes are not created equal, it turns out), why cotton is a bad thing, heart-monitors.... It is also quite inspirational, with little side-boxes of info written by 'mortal' runners who never thought they could do it. Add to that training schedules to suit your needs, and you've got an excellent little book to more than keep you going. The book is also very chatty, and while I can see this annoying some people, I found it more like listening to two people talking rather than reading a training manual.
Buy this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Dec. 2004
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Generally the advice was very good. A very chatty style that would irritate some, but written for the nervous novice rather than the seasoned athlete.
I read this about a week before running my first half marathon and did identify many of my own mistakes in the book, (comforting to know that I was not alone). Certainly found it informative and interesting and helped to keep everything in perspective.
Have been reading it again as I prepare for a marathon.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Oct. 2004
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I found this book easy to read with plenty of good tips I know I will be trying out. It covers the basics of running & training & is ideal for somebody who is contemplating a marathon or half marathon for the 1st time. It is very easy to understand & stick with & definitly gives inspiration to those of us who didnt think we could ever cover the distance. I reckon I will pick it up again during my training to refer back to. I would reccomend it to any mortal!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Clark on 15 May 2007
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When I said I was going to attempt a marathon a friend recommended this book and said "You will need no other book" and she was right. Yes, the style can be irritating and it's not a book for seasoned runners BUT for the absolute beginner, like me, it is great. I did as I was told by the book and I DID IT! It works. Buy it.
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By Mrs. L. A. Janke on 12 Oct. 2012
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I love this book! It's my second copy as I lent out my first one!
It's written for those who want to know more but assumes you know nothing.
There are training schedules in the back which got me through my first half marathon and have helped me speed up and get stronger for my next.
I'd highly recommend this to everyone x
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