Running pace: Think of the slowest runner you know then think twice as slow!
Running CV: Im a late-onset runner. For 31 years I was a fully paid-up member of The Couch Potato Society. Exercise? No one can say they loathed, hated and detested it more than me. In fact, I never once failed to drive to the corner shop which was all of a two-minute walk! Then in June 1998 I was blown away by the electrifying atmosphere of a 5K race that Id very reluctantly been cajoled into doing. I was surprised by just how much of a kick I got from the crowds, the camaraderie and the cheering.
Soon afterwards, my aunt signed up for the Great North Run, the worlds biggest half marathon, and I was consumed with envy. Terrified, I threw caution to the wind and entered, too. Again I was bowled over by the thrill of having dared to challenge myself to run 21km (13.1 miles). Six months later, I tackled the London Marathon and had one of the most memorable days of my life. From then on, I was unstoppable. Six other marathons followed, along with an alarming desire to run a marathon a year until the candles on my birthday cake resemble a bushfire.
SUSIE WHALLEY is features editor on Zest magazine. Having rediscovered running in her mid-20s after a long lapse, she's now run four London Marathons, and is currently planning to run the New York City Marathon. She lives in London with her husband Adam.
Running pace: Average not exceptional but getting faster!
Running CV: My earliest memories of running are of trotting off down country lanes with my dad to fetch the days baguette on family holidays in France. I wasnt sure why, but even aged eight, with little legs that could barely keep up, I was desperate to follow in his footsteps and take up running. At school I waited eagerly for sports days, which I enjoyed just about as much as all the other girls hated, and every year Id watch the London Marathon with tears in my eyes and dream of taking part.
My ambitions got shelved at university (wild nights out distracted me!), so when I decided to start training for the marathon aged 25, it felt pretty tough. My running partner Louise and I couldnt even manage one lap of the park at first, but we ploughed on, completed our first 5K race (I was so exhausted I had to sleep for two hours afterwards) and eventually took on the marathon. Once wasnt enough, and now the London Marathon has turned into an annual challenge that inspires and overawes me every time I do it.
Great book. It did get me started with running but unfortunately, 3 weeks in my knee forced me to stop. I am determined to get back to it again though. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jo-anne Fretwell
The most inspiring book for a totally new runner!!!!!! Would highly recommend :)Published 4 months ago by Vikki
I was a complete jogging novice before this book and hated running as a result as I was making mistakes I didn't even realize. Until this book that is! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr James A Knapman
Brilliant book..I always hated running but really wanted to be able to run just always got out of breath and felt rubbish after about ten minutes. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Angelina