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Do you dream of running a marathon? But consider yourself too old or too out of shape to run a marathon? You can do this. By following the training advice of the experts from University of Northern Iowa, you will be crossing the finish line in no time!
The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer is based on the highly successful marathon class offered by the University of Northern Iowa. It is based on a marathon class offered over the years at the University of Northern Iowa that proclaims a high success rate for 1st time marathoners. In over 11 years, they have taught this course to approximately 200 students -- all first time marathoners and many with absolutely no running background.
The promise of the book is to that you'll be able to run 26.2 miles training just 4 days a week with no runs over 18 miles. The book accomplishes this goal in sixteen chapters, one for every week of training. What makes this program better than any other? It is the special emphasis on the mental aspects of endurance running.
You don't have to love to run -- you don't even have to like it -- but you have to realize that you are capable of more than you have ever thought possible. One participant in the program explained it like this:
"I'm doing this for me -- not for others or the time clock. I just feel better when I run, plus it helps me to cope with things in general. The skills we've learned in this class don't apply just to marathoning -- they apply to life! Just like you never know what the next step in a marathon will bring, so too, you never know what will happen next in life. But if you don't keep going, you're never going to find out. By staying relaxed, centered, and positive you handle just about anything that comes your way."
Don't have tons of time to train?
Don't worry. This book has been written for regular people like you and me. Those who have the desire to run and complete a marathon however also have responsibilities that take up their time - such as family, careers, school, and kids. This is marathon running for real people. The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer has proven successful for everyone, regardless of who they are and what they do.
Easy to read
Each chapter is cleanly divided up into 3 sections. Part one deals with the mental aspects of marathon training (which in my opinion is just as important as physical preparation when it comes to marathons), part two lays out the actual training program for the week, and the third part of each chapter contains advice and suggestions from people who have done the course and the program. The last chapter gives advice on your recovery.
This is a complete book covering everything you can imagine about training for a marathon. Easy to read and helpful information are included such as stretches, weight training exercises, nutritional advice, how to dress, and what shoes to wear.
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