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Summary

In How to Lose a Marathon, Joel Cohen takes listeners on a step-by-step journey from being a couch potato to being a couch potato who can finish a marathon. Through a hilarious combination of running tips and narrative, Cohen breaks down the misery that is forcing yourself to run.

From chafing to the best times to run, explaining the phenomenon known as the "Oprah Line", and exposing the torture that is a premarathon expo, Cohen acts as your satirical guide to every aspect of the runner's experience. Offering both real advice and genuine commiseration with runners of all skill levels, How to Lose a Marathon lets you know that even if you believe that the "runner's high" is a complete myth, you can still survive all 26.2 miles of a marathon.

©2017 Joel Cohen (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

" Simpsons writer Joel H. Cohen shares what he learned as he went from self-described 'chubby middle-aged guy' to marathoner. Narrator Nicholas Techosky delivers the 26.2 chapters (a marathon is 26.2 miles), which in book terms equal 26 chapters and the world's shortest epilogue. Helpful information on running gear such as treadmills, shoes, and apps is covered. Uncommon terms are explained. Colorful descriptions of marathons around the world are inspiring. Techosky's encouraging tone will keep new marathoners motivated, particularly as Cohen promises, 'If I can do it, you can, too.' Quotes - from runners, books, and African proverbs - pepper listeners with other helpful viewpoints. Most satisfying is hearing Cohen take on purists who look down on slow runners. He believes EVERYONE who finishes a marathon is a winner." ( AudioFile Magazine)

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Every beginner runner should listen to this

Outstanding. Hilarious, inspiring, and some great tips. Am now fully motivated for my first marathon. Think will be listening to this again a lot during training.…

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  • Matt Cobb
  • 12-04-17

Something for everyone

This is a great book for runners. It's also a great book for people who hate running. And it's perfect for anyone like me, who falls somewhere in the painful middle. Multiple laugh-out-loud moments, and actual advice for a first time marathoner.

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  • T. Uhler
  • 12-11-17

His story is mine

Not a team runner. Starting late in life. Funny review of his journey. I ran 14 miles while listening to this book getting ready for the Seattle marathon 😎

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  • Dan
  • 05-11-17

Genius!

This is the most accuarate book for non elite runners. I enjoyed every single word.

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  • Kathrina
  • 21-10-17

Entertaining! Delightful! 👍👍👍

Funniest book ever!
Facts that are seldom talked about in running perfectly described in this book. Gives inspiration actually to runners like me. (An on and off runner since I live in Canada, with our weather, our running schedule is pretty much decided by our weather sometimes until you dare, dare to face that blowing ice cold wind in your face!)

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  • fab
  • 13-09-17

Hilarious from the start to ... well 26.2 chapters 👏

I think I laughed from the beginning to the end.. a lot of truth said with a lot of humours.. I loved every second of it..
Highly recommended to beginners and well trained runners!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-17

Enjoyed Emensly! Witty, Fun, Relatable.

If you could sum up How to Lose a Marathon in three words, what would they be?

Relatable, Funny, Helpful

What did you like best about this story?

I like how he is constantly injecting humor around the information.

What does Nicholas Techosky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The tone and delivery, more like a comedy monologue than an audio book.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed all of it. The humor is witty and relatable, I like how he doesn't talk down to the audience or judge how bad of a runner you may be.

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  • The big Ragu
  • 14-05-17

On point

Although I wished I finished my USMC marathon (1st marathon) as fast a time as Joel did, thank you for writing down your experiences for average people to follow. This account brought back many feelings on my marathon adventure (minus the painful limp afterwards). Great read and highly recommended to read / listen if even considering doing your first or for me my second marathon.

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  • Brent
  • 09-05-17

Can't decide to be snarky or enthusiastic

while trying to be entertaining the author loses some of his enthusiasm and his story. At first he begins a very snarky view but later becomes quite enthusiastic. Wish she had been more enthusiastic throughout

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  • MLuna
  • 25-01-18

Tiresome listening

Author trying too hard to be funny. Recommend listening instead My Year of Running Dangerously by Tom Foreman.

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  • Lisa Vlcek
  • 26-07-17

Good info, but too many (bad) jokes

Good reader with solid info regarding first time marathoners. I am halfway and the constant bad jokes kill the read/listen

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