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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and motivational, 5 April 2008
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This review is from: The Marathon and Half Marathon: A Training Guide (Paperback)
I am pretty much a novice to running but, having put on too much weight after my two kids were born and wanting something to aim for I have signed up for a half marathon later this year. I bought this book hoping for practical advice which would enhance my understanding of how to train and what to expect along the way.
For me this book provides all this and much more. It is aimed at everyone, whether you're a seasoned runner or a complete beginner. It is extremely readable and covers all the main topics in clear language (although a note about whether or not to train through colds etc would be useful for future editions...) It is informative without being dictatorial in its tone, and I felt that the author was very 'tuned in' to most of the questions I would have asked him if I had the benefit of his company!
I'm also find reading the book really motivating - maybe because it's because it's such a practical, useful guide. He acknowledges the big challenges but makes you feel like you can overcome them.
It's early days for my training but it's going well - in no small part thanks to this book.
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