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Weekend Reading: The Non-Runner's Marathon Guide for Women

Weekend Reading: The Non-Runner's Marathon Guide for Women

Recently, there has been a bit of chatter on the Sugar pages about running marathons. Some of you have already run some while others are contemplating or training for one. Well, I have a great book for all of you newbies to check out, The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women by Dawn Dais.

The book serves as a training guide, running buddy, entertaining read and journal of Dawn’s experience getting up off her recliner and hitting the pavement with the goal of running 26.2 miles. Inspired to run for the American Stroke Society, Dawn joins a team for training. Using metaphors of battle she details her quest to find the ultimate running bra, hydrating while running, her dependence on her iPod.

The book will make you laugh while asking important questions prior to signing up for a race. Dawn will have you ask yourself - Do you think knee joints are overrated? Apparently her knees gave her lot of trouble while training. My other favorite quiz yourself question is: Sometimes, when driving long distances, like 15 miles or so, I feel the overwhelming urge to pull my car over and simply run the rest of the way. If you find this true, than marathons are for you.

Another great part of this book is worksheets for you to list how you are going to combat the inevitable excuses to not run. Another listing exercise helps you determine your reasons for running a marathon, while yet another helps you figure out different training strategies - like walking for 1 minute after completing 1 mile.

This is my kind of book, entertaining, motivational, informative and funny. Who knew chaffing could be so humorous?

Buy it at Powell's Books for $14.95.

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sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 10 years
I'm pretty skeptical marathons. Sure it's a huge accomplishment to complete one, but it comes with a price. Marathons aren't that great for your body, especially if you have not adequately prepared. I'd recommend doing a Team in Training program before something like this.
throwingstarfish throwingstarfish 10 years
Hello all, Someone I know saw this post and sent me the link. Thanks for the shout out! I'm on a book tour right now, so if anyone wants to come out and get their book signed or hear me go on and on about muscle aches and carb binges, then go to That has all the info about my book tour. Thanks again for the good review and hope to see some of you out on the road. Dawn
krisua krisua 10 years
My knees get painful after 20km's so I've decided to run a half marathon (21km) this year.
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 10 years
Im actually starting to "train" to run , so im def going to go and get this book , its sounds great! Thanks for the tip :)
joyofadventure joyofadventure 10 years
sounds pretty cool, i always want to run but i convince myself otherwise... i m lazy
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