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Master the Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide for Women (Paperback)
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“A must-have for any woman targeting the distance.” —Runner’s World
A no-nonsense, interactive guide that empowers all women at all levels to run their strongest, best marathon ever
As recently as 1966, women were forbidden to run in the marathon. Professionals—including doctors—believed it was physically impossible and dangerous for women to run more than a mile and a half. But as with many other barriers women have faced over time, we fought our way in. Today, women make up almost half of the marathoning population. Yet most marathon training manuals are written by men. And while these men are experts when it comes to how men can and should train, women need training programs tailored to our bodies—to our unique strengths and weaknesses—so that we can avoid injuries and run at our peak. The programming in this book was created by a woman, specifically for women.
Master the Marathon is a comprehensive guide to marathon training for women at all levels of running—beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The book takes you through everything you need to know to be prepared for the 26.2 miles of the marathon, including detailed training plans, strength training programs, building your mental awareness of your physical body, nutrition, guidance on finding the best marathon for you, identifying and avoiding potential injuries, inspirational advice, and other unexpected pieces of wisdom.
Both incredibly practical and deeply motivating, Master the Marathon will help you unlock the strength and determination inside you to embark on the spectacular journey that is the marathon.
About the Author
Ali Nolan is a journalist and writer based in Utah. As the former features editor and current contributor for Runner’s World, she is active in empowering women in the running world, having spoken at the Under Armor Women’s Panel, Donna Marathon Pre-Race Dinner, and other events. She has completed two road marathons, a trail marathon, and other races.
One of Self magazine’s 46 Best Gifts for Runners to Help Them Reach a New P.R.
“A must-have for any woman targeting the distance. Most marathon training manuals are written by men, which means they don’t necessarily consider woman-specific issues—different body types, strengths and weaknesses, hormones—when it comes to training. Regardless of your running level—beginner, intermediate, or advanced—Master the Marathon will prepare you for the 26.2-mile physical and mental journeys ahead.”
“There are a lot of marathon training guides out there, but not many are specifically tailored to the needs of women. Whether you’re embarking on training for your first marathon, or you want to zero in on the tweaks necessary to rock your next one, this book is a must-read that’s packed with solid expert advice.”
“A must-read guide . . . Throughout, the author is frank and encouraging: ‘Every mile you put into it will give you something in return.’ Women looking for a guide to long distance running need look no further.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)