Marathon Running For Mortals: An ordinary mortal's guide to the joy of running or walking a marathon or half-marathon Paperback – 2 Jan 2004
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About the Author
John Bingham (who was born with short legs and a long torso that no amount of running is going to change) writes 'The Penguin Chronicles' for Runner's World magazine and teaches the basics of running to adult-onset athletes. Jenny Hadfield is a fitness expert and coach who has trained thousands of walkers, run-walkers and runners of all levels.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book goes into very good detail about what you should do to train to cover this sort of distance, from walking a half-marathon to running a whole 26.2 miles. It covers not only training, but also gear you should be looking at, getting the right shoes (all shoes are not created equal, it turns out), why cotton is a bad thing, heart-monitors.... It is also quite inspirational, with little side-boxes of info written by 'mortal' runners who never thought they could do it. Add to that training schedules to suit your needs, and you've got an excellent little book to more than keep you going. The book is also very chatty, and while I can see this annoying some people, I found it more like listening to two people talking rather than reading a training manual.
Buy this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
I read this about a week before running my first half marathon and did identify many of my own mistakes in the book, (comforting to know that I was not alone). Certainly found it informative and interesting and helped to keep everything in perspective.
Have been reading it again as I prepare for a marathon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic guide for anyone about to embark on their first half/marathon!Published 7 months ago by Jas Darar
It is vey easy to read - well divided into chapters and the views of other runners provides an added incentive to give it a go.Published on 5 Nov. 2013 by Elizabeth Hoare
I love this book! It's my second copy as I lent out my first one!
It's written for those who want to know more but assumes you know nothing. Read more
I've never done a half marathon before, so needed a little help with training programmes etc. I found it very useful, now at week 6 and doing well.Published on 7 Jun. 2011 by GB1971