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The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women

Get Off Your Butt and On with Your Training
By: Dawn Dais
Narrated by: Dawn Dais
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

Dawn Dais hated running. And it didn't like her much, either. Her fitness routine consisted of avoiding the stairs in her own house, because who really has the energy to climb stairs? It was with this exercise philosophy firmly in place that she set off to complete a marathon.

The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women is a fun training manual for women who don't believe that running is their biological destiny but who dream of crossing the finish line nonetheless. Dais' audiobook features a realistic training schedule and is chock-full of how-to's and funny observations, which she felt were lacking in the guides she had consulted. She also integrates entries from her journal, sharing everything would-be marathoners need to know about the gear, the blisters, the early morning workouts, the late-night carb binges, and, most important of all, the amazing rewards.

Anyone can do a marathon. This audiobook just makes the experience a little more bearable and a lot more fun.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Dawn Dais (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Funny and inspirational

It was perfect to read as my first Marathon book. funny and inspirational too, I loved the fact the author read the book. Nothing technical on how to run a marathon, but sensitive and relatable.

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  • Vicktoria
  • 12-06-19

Not Motivational

This book should be re-titled: How to Tease Your Weird Runner Friends About Their Hobby. The author takes what she must believe is a relatable approach, incorporating sarcasm and self-deprecating attempts at humour throughout. The unnatural narration sounds like an overly rehearsed speech with coached inflection carefully injected at various pre-determined points, rather than natural story-telling or educational lecturing. I listened to the first 50 minutes (up until partway through chapter 5) giving it several chances, but have decided to return this book. I've heard more than enough.

I've read other "non runner's marathon training" titles in the past, and found them very motivational, encouraging, and helpful. This book is the exact opposite. From the moment you begin listening, you will hear nothing but how painful and frustrating training for a race is for "people like us"... you know... those fat lazy blobs who prefer to sleep all day and lie around on the couch wasting our lives watching tv. I simply cannot identify with that at all, and don't want to. While other books help to remove "imposter syndrome" and help beginners to feel truly athletic and empowered, this book takes more of a back of the pack approach.

Summary of this book: "You probably can't do it and shouldn't even try. After all, you're not athletic, and people like us have no business putting on running shoes and getting out there with the fit people, but hey... if you're willing to take a ton of ibuprofen and you're a bit deranged and don't want to listen to the much needed advice of your psychiatrist, then maybe you can give it a whirl."

This might be exactly the book some others are looking for, but every time I've listened, it has made me feel nothing but negative, dejected and quite frankly apathetic about what was previously a very exciting running goal for me. I will still run a marathon, but this book has no place in my training or educational library and I'd never recommend it to others.

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  • BOB
  • 06-08-19

snarky

I did not find this motivational AT ALL. I couldn't get passed her negativity. I think she was aiming for humor but it was just bitter. Can her friend "Chipper Jenn" please write a book? Maybe they could write the next one together to balance out the harsh tone.