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Marathon and Half Marathon: The Beginner's Guideby Marnie Caron
Synopses & Reviews
Over 20 million Americans run recreationally, but doing it right is more than a matter of buying an expensive pair of shoes and heading for the track. Building on the popularity of The Beginning Runnerand#8217;s Handbook, this practical, easy-to-use guide provides a step-by-step program for running a half or full marathon for the first time. It shows readers how to get motivated and set realistic goals, choose the proper shoes, eat right, build strength and endurance, and avoid sore muscles and injury. The book includes tips from elite runners on such subjects as staying motivated when the weather is extreme, running technique, running with a dog, and running partners. Finally, the book describes strategies for the race, what to expect on race day, and the psychological effects of finishing a half or full marathon. Most importantly, it includes a full training program designed to ensure that that crucial first race is a winner.
"With proper training, most people can successfully run (or walk/run) 13.1 or 26.2 miles (a half and full marathon, respectively). This very basic, nonthreatening guide is great for first-timers who don't care about how long it takes them to do so and just want to finish 'with some degree of grace.' Caron and her colleagues at 'SportMedBC' lay out a 26-week program that combines walking, running and an in-between step called the shuffle, and involves three days of such activity a week (other days are for resting or cross-training). Profiles of everyday runners, tips from elite athletes and mini-lists punctuate the text. The book is best for those who have never run a race before (others will already know, for instance, that 'female runners will probably want to consider a sport bra'). Chapters explain proper 'fueling,' mentally preparing for a distance race, cross training, including one's family in the training and, of course, dealing with the pains that will inevitably arise." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
With proper training, men and women of all ages, shapes, and sizes can complete a marathon or half marathon. This guide helps beginners to gradually and safely prepare for this experience. The entire program takes 26 weeks from start to finish. In the sidebars, sports and fitness writer Caron provides a wealth of practical tips on diverse topics like keeping running clothes smelling fresh or maintaining a positive attitude. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Marnie Caron writes extensively in the area of sport health and sport training as SportMedBCand#8217;s Communications Coordinator. She holds an M.A. in Communication Studies with a focus on the health of first nations women in Canada. Marnie resides in Vancouver where she combines her love of running with her passion for politics and social development issues.
SportMedBC is a not-for-profit society that is a focal point for sport health, sport safety and sport training within the province of British Columbia. Located in Vancouver, SportMedBC provides a full-range of sport medicine and science related services to athletes, coaches, parents, fitness enthusiasts and others involved in the sport system.
Dr. Jack Taunton is known and respected as one of the top Sports Medicine Doctors in North America. He was Chief Medical Officer of the Sydney 2000 Olympics and two Pan Am and World Student Games; Medical Officer of the '88 Winter Olympics, three Commonwealth Games, and four World Championships; Team Physician for the Vancouver Grizzlies and Vancouver Canucks, and Team Physician for the Women's National Field Hockey Team. Dr. Taunton has also completed over 61 marathons. He lives in Vancouver.
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