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Marathon Training for Dummiesby Tere Drenth
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In today’s modern world, there’s no need for anyone to run twenty-five miles to deliver a message, as Pheidippides did from Marathon to Athens around 500 B.C. However, hundreds of runners each year run 26.2 miles at hundreds of marathons worldwide. To conquer this mountainous challenge, you must know how to properly eat, stretch, identify and treat injuries, and develop a running program that hones your mind and body into a running machine.
Marathon Training For Dummies is for everyone who has always thought about running a marathon or half-marathon (13.1 miles) and for seasoned runners who want to tackle the challenge safely and successfully. This quick-read reference helps all runners:
In just four to six months of dedicated training, any runner can be full y prepared to tackle a marathon. Map out an exercise program, choose shoes, and plan the race strategy that will get you across the finish line. Marathon Training For Dummies also covers the following topics and more:
A compact, plain-English guide to getting in shape for a marathon
x Shows runners step by step how to train for their first marathon or improve their marathon timesa terrific resource for the over 400,000 people who run marathons each year
x Includes advice on nutrition, hydration, stretching, injury prevention, mental preparation, and other issues that are key to success
x Also covers half-marathons and other distance events for runners, since people cannot participate in more than a couple marathons a year
x Written by one of the top 25 professional road racers in the U.S. today
This title explains to novice and experienced runners how to get themselves in shape to run their first marathon, as well as continue to improve their times after they clear the hurdle of finishing that first race.
Tips on nutrition, hydration, and injury prevention
Get the right gear and cross that finish line!
Need to train for a marathon? This guide breaks the training process down into easy steps. Whether youre a novice or a pro, youll get in shape with everything from stretching techniques and mental exercises to advice on increasing your mileage, eating properly, and making race day a success.
The Dummies Way
Tere Stouffer Drenth is one of the top 25 professional road racers in the U.S. today. She was a scholarship runner at the University of Tennessee.
About the Author
“…the Dummies series of books have been a godsend…”(Big Issue, 29 March 2003)
“…a well-laid out book full of hints and tips…” (M2 Best Books, 8 July 2003)
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started with Your Marathon Training.
Chapter 1: Realizing the Risks and Rewards of Running.
Chapter 2: Choosing Your Running Gear.
Chapter 3: Figuring Out Where and When to Run.
Chapter 4: Taking Your First Run.
Chapter 5: Stretching, Warming Up, and Cooling Down.
Part II: Taking Your Running a Stride Farther.
Chapter 6: Developing a Mileage Base.
Chapter 7: Adding Strength and Speed.
Chapter 8: Improving Your Running Technique.
Chapter 9: Eating and Running.
Part III: Dealing with Running Injuries.
Chapter 10: Pinpointing the Causes of Injuries.
Chapter 11: Treating Your Injuries.
Chapter 12: Cross-Training While You're Injured.
Part IV: Planning Racing Strategies.
Chapter 13: Easing Into Marathon Racing.
Chapter 14: Marathon Countdown: T Minus 24 Hours.
Chapter 15: After Your Marathon Is Over.
Chapter 16: Reducing Your Finish Time Next Time.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Keep Running Fun.
Chapter 18: The Ten Biggest Marathons.
Chapter 19: Best Tune-Up Races in North America.
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