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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Group; 1 edition (29 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580052053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580052054
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Even if you're not into running, you'll still appreciate the humour in this book (she may even turn you into a runner!). If you ARE into running then you'll find this extremely entertaining as well as informative. I love that it's written from the perspective of a non-addicted, non-competitive runner ... someone I can truly relate to! As someone who has yet to do her first marathon (and has no real talent for running but enjoys it anyway!), I found this book inspired me so much more than any of the other running books I've read. I read it from cover to cover in one day as I just couldn't put it down! Advice delivered with great humour is much easier to remember than boring dry facts and the author conveys her training experiences (mistakes and successes) with self-effacing wit. I'll be re-reading this book again and again!
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I'm torn with my review on this book. On the one hand, its reassuring to read that somewhere out there, somebody runs slower than I do and still gets through the 16-week beast of training for the marathon. On the other, her reliance on Advil in the face of what was sounds like quite a serious knee injury is concerning. At that point surely she should have been seeing a physio and laying off the running completely, not pushing on with training and then having to walk 13 miles out of 26 in absolute agony in the marathon? As someone who has done exactly that, i.e. pushed on through an injury (which then took over 3 months recovery time and still comes back on occasion), I really don't think that is the correct message to send to beginners thinking about starting to run. Given that this book, by virtue of it being published, could be seen as making her an "expert" on the topic, she should have been much more careful in some of the advice she doles out to first time runners.
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As someone who is about to run their first marathon, this book was perfect for me. Somehow I have ended up doing a marathon, but unlike my friends who are full of enthusiasm, my motivation was very low. This book made me realise I am not the only one to feel like that and I found myself screaming out loud with laughter at so many things that I could totally relate to. If you are not a serious marathon runner, hoping to finish in under 4.30, this book is absolutely worth reading. It will make you feel much better about yourself and give you hope that you too can complete a marathon. Not much factual advice, so don't buy it if that is what you were hoping for.
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I felt a little misled by this book - I am a non-runner and, while I didn't necessarily want to do a marathon, I did think this book might help me get started in running. All the spiel on and in the book is about how the author was not a runner but got herself trained up for a marathon. Great, I thought, a non runner like me.
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.
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I wanted this book to be so much more than it was! I wanted to hear about the authors first steps out of the door and how she found her first few runs.....but it skipped right from zero to full on running! I wanted to hear her tell me how impossible her first run was and make me feel better that I thought I would never run more than 60 seconds, but it all got a bit serious a bit quickly!

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!
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This book had made me realise that I can, despite not being the fittest person on the planet, I can with training run a marathon. This book gives you all the information that you need to know about clothing, trainers and all the practical stuff that most books only give a short mention to. Inspired by Dawn I have started blogging my jouirney from couch potato to running goddess! It has bceome my bible and a pick me up when I feel that it's impossible.

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!
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Best not to read this book in public for fear of laughing/snorting out loud and making a fool of yourself. I found it a light hearted and informative book though some of the lengthy personal anecdotes were wearing. I read the whole book in a day so from a value for money point of view you may find the same information on line or in a magazine. However, the author is extremely motivating and while not gliding over the negative points of running (and there are many!) she does manage to instill the belief that it is possible to complete a marathon with enough self motivation and a supply of painkillers.
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