4 Months to a 4 Hour Marathon Paperback – 27 Jun 2006
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About the Author
Dave Kuehls is a contributing editor for Runner's World, the world's largest running magazine. He has also written for Sports Illustrated, Men's Health, GQ, and ESPN magazine. His fastest marathon is 2:57.
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First off, I was surprised that the book was so small. Training for a marathon in a big commitment and you need good, comprehensive mental and physical training programme (in that order of importance too). Secondly, a few chapters into the book Kuehls starts touting Runners world (a magazine he writes for) and drops running shoe brand names-this actually annoyed me.
The book is a simple read-but you have to purchase it well in advance of four months to your marathon. The theory behind the title goes on the premise that you can train at a reasonable intensity for 45 minutes prior to commencing your 4 months to a 4 hour marathon training programme.
For first time marathoners I would steer well clear of this book, the training programmes do look convinicing-but the 'Non-runners marathon Trainer' Whitsett et al. is a far, far better read and a million times more comprehensive. Simply put-I would not have crossed the finish line (feeling as good as I did) without reading the Non-Runners marathon trainer). In fact for the Amsterdam marathon I am consulting the aforementioned book for a refresher!
I have read other more detailed books on the subject but they were more often than not a distraction from going out for a run!
Bear in mind that in order for this plan to work you should be able to run 5 miles four times a week prior to starting the programme and spend between 25 and 60 minutes exercising five times per week plus a long run each weekend (starting at 7 miles)
After reading it I completed the Vancouver marathon in 3.58.
It's a great book. It's very short and contains only relevant information which is handy because there's no waffle to wage through so you can utilise your leisure time efficiently.
I would strongly recommend this to inexperienced runners
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