Marathon Running: From Beginner to Elite, Fourth Edition Paperback – 30 Aug 2012
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'I can still remember training with Richard when I was a young athlete. He used to run so fast! But he also taught me that you can't get where you want to overnight. Years later when I went out to Ethiopia, Richard welcomed me into his home and gave me a lot more encouragement. I have always looked up to him and really admire the way he wants to help others achieve their goals.' --Mo Farah reigning 5,000m world champion 20111017
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Including key training tips, progressive training programs, and unique insights into the secrets of the marathon's elite runners, Marathon Running is essential reading for beginner and veteran marathoners alike. Written by Olympic and World Championship racer Richard Nerurkar, this invaluable guide will help you get the most from your distance training. Whether you're just thinking about running your first marathon or are looking for new techniques to improve speed, endurance, and racing tactics, Marathon Running offers information and advice on all aspects of the world's most challenging and inspiring road race including: making the decision to run the marathon; getting your training off the ground; training programs for all levels; building mileage safely and effectively; training tips of the elite; eating and drinking for maximum energy; making the most of rest and recover; what to expect on race day; how to deliver your peak performance; avoiding and overcoming injury; staying motivated and much more. (6 x 9, 176 pages, b&w photos, diagrams, charts)
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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.
It is easy to read, full of useful advice and just underlines the message that the key to a successful marathon from beginning to end is preparation.
Needless to say I have recommended this book to a number of friends since I purchased it - in my opinion a must have for anyone thinking about running a marathon.
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.
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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Still a good read with valuable advice.
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