Saturday, July 30, 2011

Book Review: The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and On with Your Training


Product Description

Dawn Dais hated running. And it didn't like her much, either. Her fitness routine consisted of avoiding the stairs in her own house, because who really has the energy to climb stairs? It was with this exercise philosophy firmly in place that she set off to complete a marathon.

The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women is a fun training manual for women who don't believe that running is their biological destiny but who dream of crossing the finish line nonetheless. It opens with a realistic training schedule and is chock-full of how-to's, quizzes, and funny observations, which Dais felt were lacking in the guides she had consulted.

The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women also integrates entries from Dias' journal, sharing everything would-be marathoners need to know about the gear, the blisters, the early morning workouts, the late-night carb binges, and — most important of all — the amazing rewards.
Anyone can do a marathon. This book just makes the experience a little more bearable and a lot more fun.
My Thoughts

I bought this book for my Kindle app back during the Sunshine Deals for a few bucks. It was worth every single penny I spent. Not only did I gain some useful information about running my first marathon, but I laughed my way through her journey.

Dawn Dais has a real sarcastic and sharp witted way with words when describing the training of a marathon, but also keeping things in perspective about the feeling of pride.

I know I am not a woman, but this book can be read by men. One thing I valued while reading is that she is just a regular person like myself. Reading about her voyage made the goal of mine of running 26.2 miles more plausible and possible. I kept thinking that if she can do it, then so can I. This was not some professional elite runner who runs a 5 minute mile pace, but a regular human who struggles to get up in the morning to start running.

I valued her insight mixed with her humor. I highlighted many passages the relate to my journal from setting a goal, to finding others to help you, to broadcasting your goal to help you stay on track, to finding that inner strength on the long runs, to learning to deal with the setbacks that can come along the way to make you stronger.

I would gladly pay full price for this book and I hope others take the time to read this as well.
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