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Feet Don't Fail Me Now: The Rogue's Guide to Running the Marathonby Ben Kaplan
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Based on his own experience transforming himself from a degenerate bar fly into a dedicated runner who qualified for the Boston Marathon, Ben Kaplan provides a week-by-week training program, split into four sections, each concluding with a race from 5km to a full 26.2-mile marathon. With wit, self-deprecation, and the input of experts from around the world, he provides critical information on nutrition and hydration, selecting shoes, race strategy, pacing, proper form, motivation, and how to stave off injuries while continually crossing new finish lines. He shares running music recommendations provided personally by a variety of pop and rock stars, including Paul Simon, Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, Ghostface Killah, Willie Nelson, Feist, and Norah Jones. Kaplan's infectious enthusiasm about running — and music — inspires the most recalcitrant runners to lace up their shoes and hit the pavement.
"Kaplan, a journalist and running instructor, offers an irreverent, light-hearted, yet informative guide to the serious business of running. Starting at the very beginning — getting out for a first run — he takes the reader on a year-long journey involving training and preparation for 5 km, 10 km, half-marathon and marathon distance runs. Drawing on a variety of experts and his own experience as a self-described 'average' runner, Kaplan sets out helpful weekly training programs and addresses a wide range of issues: the physiology and psychology of running, nutrition, clothing and finding support in the community of runners. This 'average' 50-something runner/reviewer found the chapter on cross-training an affirmation of what works best for aging joints and muscles. Kaplan weaves music into the training program, mostly by pop musicians. Music preferences, like training programs, tend to be highly individual and subjective, but the author notes that the songs he has included are only suggestions. Each runner's play list will be unique. References to very current political events, not to mention the pop songs, could quickly date an otherwise timely guide that has the potential to be well-worn by many new runners in the years to come. Agent: Chris Bucci, Anne McDermid & Associates. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In Feet Don't Fail Me Now, running and music columnist Ben Kaplan describes how to train for a marathon in one year, even if you have never run before. Based on his own experience transforming himself from an "average guy" into a dedicated runner who qualified for the Boston Marathon, the book provides a week-by-week training program, split into four three-month sections--each concluding with a race from 5 kilometres to the Boston Marathon--along with critical information about such topics as nutrition and hydration, how to select shoes, race strategy, pacing, proper form, and whether or not it is important to stretch, with input from experts from around the world.
Kaplan also draws from his music writing and connections and includes recommendations for songs to run to by musicians such as Jack White, Paul Simon, Norah Jones, Justin Bieber, Willie Nelson, Feist, Pearl Jam, and Ghostface Killah. He presents serious information, but his humor and infectious enthusiasm make it a hell of a lot of fun. You can feel Kaplan's excitement about running, his rock-star friends and their selections, and the various experts and others he interacts with on his road to the marathon. Feet Don't Fail Me Now will inspire the most recalcitrant runners to lace up their shoes and hit the pavement.
About the Author
Ben Kaplan writes a weekly column on running for the National Post, as well as covering the music scene for the newspaper and interviewing celebrities such as Mel Brooks, Barry Manilow, Snoop Dogg, and Joan Rivers. He also teaches a weekly "Learn to Run" course at the Running Room. Born in Brooklyn, he was an editor at GQ and staff writer at New York Magazine, and has written for The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Runnner's World, and Spin, among other publications.
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