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Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and on with Your Training [Paperback]

Dawn Dais
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29 Dec 2006
Dawn Dais hated running. And it didn't like her much, either. Her fitness routine consisted of avoiding the stairs in her own house, because who really has the energy to climb stairs? It was with this exercise philosophy firmly in place that she set off to complete a marathon. The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women is a fun training manual for women who don't believe that running is their biological destiny but who dream of crossing the finish line nonetheless. It opens with a realistic training schedule and is chock-full of how-to's, quizzes, and funny observations, which Dais felt were lacking in the guides she had consulted. The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women also integrates entries from Dias's journal, sharing everything would-be marathoners need to know about the gear, the blisters, the early morning workouts, the late-night carb binges, and - most important of all - the amazing rewards. Anyone can do a marathon. This book just makes the experience a little more bearable and a lot more fun.

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Group; 1 edition (29 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580052053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580052054
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 14.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dawn Dais is the head writer for and the new national magazine "Hilarious." Her series of articles, titled "Search for Sport," runs in "Cascade Sports Magazine." Dais contributes to a number of other local and national publications and has been featured on the well-known Quotable Cards series. Never say never, Dais continues to run. She lives in Sacramento, California.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely entertaining guide 21 Jun 2007
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Even if you're not into running, you'll still appreciate the humour in this book (she may even turn you into a runner!). If you ARE into running then you'll find this extremely entertaining as well as informative. I love that it's written from the perspective of a non-addicted, non-competitive runner ... someone I can truly relate to! As someone who has yet to do her first marathon (and has no real talent for running but enjoys it anyway!), I found this book inspired me so much more than any of the other running books I've read. I read it from cover to cover in one day as I just couldn't put it down! Advice delivered with great humour is much easier to remember than boring dry facts and the author conveys her training experiences (mistakes and successes) with self-effacing wit. I'll be re-reading this book again and again!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reluctant marathon runner! 2 April 2009
As someone who is about to run their first marathon, this book was perfect for me. Somehow I have ended up doing a marathon, but unlike my friends who are full of enthusiasm, my motivation was very low. This book made me realise I am not the only one to feel like that and I found myself screaming out loud with laughter at so many things that I could totally relate to. If you are not a serious marathon runner, hoping to finish in under 4.30, this book is absolutely worth reading. It will make you feel much better about yourself and give you hope that you too can complete a marathon. Not much factual advice, so don't buy it if that is what you were hoping for.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Half and half 24 Jan 2012
I'm torn with my review on this book. On the one hand, its reassuring to read that somewhere out there, somebody runs slower than I do and still gets through the 16-week beast of training for the marathon. On the other, her reliance on Advil in the face of what was sounds like quite a serious knee injury is concerning. At that point surely she should have been seeing a physio and laying off the running completely, not pushing on with training and then having to walk 13 miles out of 26 in absolute agony in the marathon? As someone who has done exactly that, i.e. pushed on through an injury (which then took over 3 months recovery time and still comes back on occasion), I really don't think that is the correct message to send to beginners thinking about starting to run. Given that this book, by virtue of it being published, could be seen as making her an "expert" on the topic, she should have been much more careful in some of the advice she doles out to first time runners.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Dawn! 26 Feb 2010
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This book had made me realise that I can, despite not being the fittest person on the planet, I can with training run a marathon. This book gives you all the information that you need to know about clothing, trainers and all the practical stuff that most books only give a short mention to. Inspired by Dawn I have started blogging my jouirney from couch potato to running goddess! It has bceome my bible and a pick me up when I feel that it's impossible.

For training plans there are better books but for motivation this can't be beaten.
Thanks Dawn and I'll let you know how I get on!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I'm like the author in that I too am a non-runner though I reckon I could give her a run for her money in the couch potato stakes (shameful, I know). Her writing style may not be to everyone's taste but I enjoyed it, especially the bits about coming back from a Saturday run and lying on her kitchen floor to cool down and attempting to drink water while doing so (not a success). The serious runners may not like her tales of various mishaps but I think that they give encouragement to those who need a prod to get out of the armchair and do something they never did before. Go read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little inspiration 12 Oct 2010
I have entered a half marathon next year and although I run a bit I needed an extra push , this book made me laugh out loud, not only was it well written there are proper tips and training advice for completing yourrun. Also, when you feel like you have nothing left to give the writer has gone through exactly the same pain barrier. Worth while read if you are considering running a race whether is 5k, 10k or full blown marathon.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 4 Jan 2009
Best not to read this book in public for fear of laughing/snorting out loud and making a fool of yourself. I found it a light hearted and informative book though some of the lengthy personal anecdotes were wearing. I read the whole book in a day so from a value for money point of view you may find the same information on line or in a magazine. However, the author is extremely motivating and while not gliding over the negative points of running (and there are many!) she does manage to instill the belief that it is possible to complete a marathon with enough self motivation and a supply of painkillers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad 13 Oct 2011
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I wanted this book to be so much more than it was! I wanted to hear about the authors first steps out of the door and how she found her first few runs.....but it skipped right from zero to full on running! I wanted to hear her tell me how impossible her first run was and make me feel better that I thought I would never run more than 60 seconds, but it all got a bit serious a bit quickly!

Then, I wanted more detail about her Marathon run....I wanted to feel the excitement, the nerves the experience, but it was all rushed through and I didn't even get the time she finished (unless I missed that bit).

It could have been so much better, but it was funny in certain parts and interesting in others......but I was still feeling frustrated!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 6 days ago by Smiley3737
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Funny and motivating
Good book. Funny and motivating. Not a 'how-to' book.
Published 3 months ago by Miss M Lay
4.0 out of 5 stars It's intended as a lighthearted look at running when not a runner!
I quite liked this book (Kindle edition) in that as I am training for my fourth marathon and not doing too well, it was reassuring to know that I am not the only one that suffers... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I loved this book! It has definitely helped me through my marathon training and reassured me that I am not alone in the pain I put myself through! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Witty, sarcastic and utterly hilarious. I think runners...and non runners can find something within this book. It actually makes you think...can I?
Published 8 months ago by M.A. stacie
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny get motivational
a great guide to get you up and running. especially early on in your training. definitely recommend for novice runners
Published 11 months ago by janet grossman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and very real
I read this on a friend's recommendation. It is very honest and frank and had me laughing out loud on numerous occasions! Thank you for a fabulous read.
Published 14 months ago by marathon runner to be
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Funny, touching interesting. Really enjoyed it! It has quite useful information but written in a way that makes you want to keep reading, and running : )
Published 14 months ago by a recent runner
5.0 out of 5 stars A really well-written book to motivate runners
I have had this book for years and bought it before my first marathon. Now training for my 6th marathon, I still read this book every now and again to make me laugh. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ammocatchy
4.0 out of 5 stars get off your butt
Bought this for a friend doing her first marathon- she thought it was great- a pleasant change from the usual earnest guidance on offer.
Published 19 months ago by old lady running
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