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Marathon Running: From Beginner to Elite [Paperback]

Richard Nerurkar
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29 Sep 2000
Intended for everyone from the complete beginner enchanted by the challenge of the London Marathon, to the experienced runner wishing to improve on racing strategy this book gives information on: structuring an effective build-up; training harder without doing too much; improving your pace judgement and producing your best on race day.

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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (29 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713653515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713653519
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many people marvel at the feat of the marathon, but few actually take up the challenge against mind and body. "I'm not fit enough" or "I haven't got enough time to do all that training" are classic responses that stop so many people from setting out and taking the first step towards a lifetime achievement, one which can never be taken away and one you never tire of telling people about. Yes, the marathon is a long way to run, jog or walk, let us not forget that, but author Richard Nerurkar--Great Britain's most successful marathon runner of the 1990's--is a man that has seen it, done it and got the medals to prove it. His insight can guide the novice from the end of the street to the finish line, 26 miles--and don't forget the 365 yards--later, while at the same time help the elite club runner find those extra few seconds that will give you a new personal best. As well as providing structured training schedules to follow, Nerurkar shares his own experiences with the reader to help you on your way no matter what your standard. The pages are crammed full of practical tips for the active mind and body and have all been put into practice so you be sure that despite the pain and suffering they work. There are no shortcuts to the marathon, but with the help of this book Nerurkar points you in the right direction. --Andrea Bullock


"This book contains everything you need to know about running a marathon and if you're thinking of taking on 26.2 miles, this really will be a vital tool"
-- Women's Fitness (August 2008)

"This book tackles all areas of preparation for a marathon, both mental and physical, and is a thoroughly enjoyable and motivating read" -- Women's Fitness (August 2008) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart of Marathon Running 23 Sep 2000
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This book is a uniquely practical guide to marathon running by one of Britain's best. It gets to the heart of the challenge of long distance running.
While the book is full of expert tips which could help even the international runner, it is simple and straightforward enough to suit the ordinary person preparing for marathon of a lifetime. It should sell in thousands before every London Marathon - and save of its readers a great deal of grief!
But the book is also a good read even for those who only dream of running. Richard Nerurkar interweaves his advice with illustrations from his long career at the top level of international running which sparkle with good humour and humility.
I was fortunate enough to meet Richard Nerurkar at a pre-publication book signing in Teddington, West London and so I was able to write this review a full week before official publication. I remember him telling me that it is not the feet but the heart which matters in running the marathon. He has always been a big-hearted runner - and it shows through on every page of this book. Careful attention to its advice will get many an aspiring runner successfully from the start of their dream to the finish of their race.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best I've found so far. 23 Jan 2002
This is the best Marathon specific running book I've seen. I had already bought '4 Months to A 4 Hour Marathon', but was not particulaly impressed with it - it was maybe slightly too basic at times, and I found the training schedules were different from any others I'd seen in magazines or web-sites.
This is a much better book, which gives more useful advice from fairly basic to the absolute extreme of international level (mostly Richard's own experiences). Whilst some of the elite advice won't be of much use to mere mortals, it is still quite interesting to read how the best train (150 miles a week?!). This almost makes it a cross between training advice and story telling of elite athlete's experiences.
Richard Nerurkar has also got an easy to understand, relaxed style of writing which makes this very easy to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Times 21 Jan 2003
This book is an excellent insight into the challenge of 26.2
The schedules at the back are good to follow and set out well.
It is also good to read Richard's experiences - although the parts where he jets off for warm weather training are pure fantasy for the average club runner !
Bong Bong Bong start knocking out the miles
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this hoping to gain an insight into the fabled Marathon from one of GBs greatest.

Sadly, I found the book overly busy and seemed to cater more for the serious athlete than the overweight, infrequent runner like myself seeking inspiration and motivation. If you are a commited runner, perhaps at club level or better, I have no doubts this book will provide a valuable insight into training for and racing the Marathon. Regular recreational runners may be able to extract something out of it though you may need to augment the 12 week training plans to suit. If however you are an absolute beginner or a complete newbie to the distance (New Years resolution perhaps?!!) then perhaps THE NON-RUNNERS MARATHON TRAINER by David Whitsett may be a better option.

To conclude, a lot of info crammed into this which I felt would be of more value to the serious types more so than the beginner.
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