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The Non-Runner's Marathon Guide For Women

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm not really sure why I've always wanted to complete a marathon, I just have. Maybe it's simply proving to myself that I can do it? Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment?
Running is kind of a strange hobby when you think about it, but for some reason, I envy those people. Them in their cute little running outfits, listening to their iPods, sweating up a storm while they run around in circles at the local park. There's definitely something zen about it.
Well, I'm no where NEAR being able to run a marathon at this point in my life. I have spent the last two decades eating the wrong foods and sitting on my butt a whole lot. I've got some serious damage to undo. I am working on it, but unfortunately, 80+ pounds does not miraculously melt away over night. Bummer, hu?
While I eat my weight in carrot sticks and walk my little heart out, I decided to look for a marathon training book at Barnes & Noble. I looked under "diet/nutrition" and "health" but couldn't find anything! The B&N book guru led me over to the "sports" section and there they were. Apparently, running is a sport! Who knew?
Most of the books were completely out of my league (like running a marathon isn't!). The one that really stood out to me was called "The Non-Runner's Marathon Guide For Women" by Dawn Rais.
Non-Runner. That's me!
I want to run, I just never have before. Not even in high school. I was always the last person to finish the quarter mile warm up that we were all forced to do. It's not that I was overweight back then, I just was NOT physically active. Never have been.
Anyhow... I bought the book and gobbled it up in 2 days. It's wonderfully written and insightful. Full of self-deprecating humor and sarcasm. Very much my speed.
Even though she scares the hell out of me with talk of excruciating pain and toenails falling off. (wha???) She also inspires me and helps me to believe that some day I too will be able to complete a marathon.

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    It's like you were reading my mind when you wrote this blog emoticon

    I've registered for a 10k in March and a Half Marathon in October.
    I still have 90lbs to lose first then I'll do a full marathon in 2011. Maybe the New York Marathon even though I live in Texas I just really want to do this one.

    I'm gonna look for that book on amazon now.........
    3391 days ago
    Thanks for the book suggestion. Right now I'm justing trying to keep w/regular walking during the week, but reading your blog has got me to thinking about reading more books for motivation. Good luck w/your goal.
    3391 days ago
    Thanks for this post! I enjoyed it. I have so many excuses for not running. For now, I will just try to keep walking, walking, walking. Good luck with your goal!
    3392 days ago
  • SUZY6281
    Thanks for the book recommendation. I'm always game for new reading material. You know, you can absolutely do anything you set your mind to. Start out small and work your way up. The Couch to 5K is a great way to do that. Just remember that if you work your way up in distance and speed slowly and are careful to have properly fitted shoes, I doubt that you will have to deal with toenails falling off.

    Keep up the great work!!

    3405 days ago
    I'm nowhere near ready to run, either, but for some reason I want to. I'll have to check out the book.

    Also, different people here have recommended the "Couch to 5k." (Google it.) Sounds like it'll work, but not until I get off my jiggly butt and do it!

    3410 days ago
    You know.. the fun part of this journey we are all on is that we get to decide what we want to be.....

    As to toe nails .. by brother in law runs marathons, tri's and other insanely long things.. and he paints his toes... to keep the nails from being damaged! Now, I've never heard of a better reason to have a pedicure!!! (now... as I get to the start of my half marathon.. I'll have to go and get a pedi as a reward!)
    3411 days ago
    Hey there,

    I've read this book and I like it, too, but some of her things should be taken with a grain of salt.

    Toenails don't fall off if you have properly fitted shoes. And while there are definitely hard days, creating a greating fitness foundation and improving slowly should help you avoid any excruciating pain --unless of course you break or sprain something.

    3411 days ago
  • LINDA25427
    I have never heard of it but will check it out thank you .Hope you have a great week . God bless.
    3411 days ago
    Great Blog, I also read the "The Non-Runner's Marathon Guide For Women" by Dawn Rais. I also found it very inspiring. I think many books don't "tell it like it really is"!

    Good luck to you! I'm also not ready to run a marathon, but I'm on my way and I know you'll get there too!

    3411 days ago
    That's a great book! I completed a half marathon this year, which I never thought I could do! Another book that really inspired me was Marathoning for Mortals by John Bingham. One of his famous quotes is "The miracle is not that you finished, but that you had the courage to start" Good luck to you :)
    3411 days ago
  • KIMMAS82
    I just started my own personalized version of the Couch to 5K program. (On it's own it's not a long enough work out for me. . .) Anyhow, I come from a family of runners and hope to someday become one of them too. There's a half that I really want to do in August if I can keep it up without getting hurt. (That has been my problem in the past.)

    Anyhow, thanks for the recommendation!! And good luck with the marathon!
    3411 days ago
    I started running when I started with spark and have actually ran 10 miles (ummm ONCE), so I got brave and signed myself up for a mini marathon (which is 13.1 miles). Just remember you actually can train for a marathon, just take it a day at a time. If I can do it, I have faith that you can too. My goal is to run in a Marathon at least once in the next 4 years. Again, good luck, you can do it.
    3411 days ago
    Oooh, thank you for this book recommendation - I am making a 2010 reading list for myself of books that I think will help me with my continued weight loss, and running is one thing that I also have never been able to do and *totally* want to accomplish. I am going to put this book on my reading list.

    Thanks again - and good luck! I hope you end up doing your marathon - I'm shooting for a half in November 2010. We'll see how it goes!


    3411 days ago
  • COOKIE611
    Great blog! I am right there with you. I was never a long distance runner, I used to do sprints many, many years ago - but now I am much heavier and trying to run longer! Crazy....Any way - good luck on your journey! I am going to check out that book
    3411 days ago
    One day and ache at a time hunny bunny.
    3411 days ago
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