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Best suited to inexperienced runners
on 14 April 2017
The key word in the title is "Non-Runner's". The book assumes that you have done none / very little long distance running and is very much a beginners guide. If, like many people training for their first marathon, you have run a few half-marathons and are now "stepping up" to the marathon then this will not be the best book for you. The book insists that you do not set a target finish time but instead just aim to finish - not just once but numerous times. I found this rather annoying so ignored it.
As some other reviewers have also said this is a very America book. It's big on exhortation, positive thinking and the use of the word "awesome". It is also very anecdotal with numerous stories of runners who have followed the training programme that the book describes. After the first few stories they get a bit monotonous, essentially saying the same thing. There are also references to how God and religion can help you complete a marathon which won't be to everyone's taste. And finally the distances in the training plan are all in miles which isn't ideal for most British runners.
That said I did follow it in the sense of reading the training notes and advice for each week of the plan. I didn't follow the training plan itself but instead downloaded the plan from the London Marathon site (also a 16 week plan) and followed that instead. It was useful and I did complete my first marathon. It's just it was nowhere near as good as the book that I had used a few years before for half-marathon training.