Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and on with Your Training Paperback – 29 Dec 2006
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About the Author
Dawn Dais is the head writer for Sportsvite.com and the new national magazine "Hilarious." Her series of articles, titled "Search for Sport," runs in "Cascade Sports Magazine." Dais contributes to a number of other local and national publications and has been featured on the well-known Quotable Cards series. Never say never, Dais continues to run. She lives in Sacramento, California.
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However, the book does not tell you how to start running. The training schedule at the beginning of the book is neatly set out but then it tells you that you need some running/jogging experience before undertaking the training 'which means you should have started running a few months ago'.
Do not let this book fool you - the author must have had more than a certain level of fitness otherwise, how would a true 'couch potato' account for the fact that, in week 4, she writes that, the previous weekend, she had run '9 consecutive miles'? I may have got her wrong but , to me, you would have to be amazing to run 9 miles after only 3 weeks - the author says her previous running history amounted to throwing a shoe at the TV.
To be honest, I quickly got utterly fed up with the unremitting references to her lack of fitness and yet she starts training with running a mile then walking for a minute. I have to say, she was very fit couch potato.
Then, I wanted more detail about her Marathon run....I wanted to feel the excitement, the nerves the experience, but it was all rushed through and I didn't even get the time she finished (unless I missed that bit).
It could have been so much better, but it was funny in certain parts and interesting in others......but I was still feeling frustrated!
For training plans there are better books but for motivation this can't be beaten.
Thanks Dawn and I'll let you know how I get on!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a really really good book. Much better than I expected. Really funny. I'm looking forward to using it to get me though my marathon training.Published 6 months ago by Alice May Thomas
Just what I needed too read in the run up to my marathon training commencemdng . very funny and accurate and yet compellingPublished 6 months ago by Bex
I started running this year in my late 40's and whilst I don't love it I do get it and am slightly addicted but thought this book would be inspirational! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sue
This one is going straight back on Amazon. How uninspiring to read a whinging account of not enjoying training, lack of enthusiasm or interest (why did she chose to run a marathon? Read morePublished 11 months ago by Peggy
Total rubbish! How can one woman whine so much about a topic she's chosen to write a book about! What a waste of just over 3 quid. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Liz R.
I love running and I don't think that reading about someone not enjoying running and her constant complaints will encourage anyone else to do it. I could not finish the book.Published 17 months ago by Clb
Laugh out loud funny. Not especially made to be a serious marathon plan but a really excellent read. Honest and real. Hilarious!Published 19 months ago by Kirstwaa
ahhh this had me chuckling. Good to hear from a "normal" person about a marathon experience - some great tips and advice along with amusing anecdotes. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Super Jules
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