Monday, May 16, 2011

The Non Runner's Marathon Guide for Women Book Review

Marathon Training Week 2 - Workout 1 – Yogilates

Why is my camera all fogged over?

I guess Randee and I looked so hot we were steaming the lens up.
 I am finally over my soreness from Jillian's beating last Thursday.  Yogilates felt amazing this morning!

Side plank...and almost an overflow tummy issue.

Warrior Jane....hear her roar (or bitch).

The Non Runner’s Marathon Guide for Women Book Review:

I loved this book.   

 The book is a comical account of the author, Dawn Dais’s, marathon training.  

I have heard of Couch to 5K, but this witty writer goes from Recliner to Marathon.   The book does include some advice on stretching, clothes shopping and training plans.  As a wanna be experienced runner there was really no new information learned from this book.

However, you don’t read this book to learn about properly fitting shoes.  You devour this book to be motivated and to laugh your butt off.   

This is my pretend laughing my butt off face.  I don't know what the heck I'm doing with my hand.
Dawn’s actual training journal is speckled throughout the book.  Her detailed ups and downs of training are very relatable and written with a “why the hell am I doing this” voice.

I just jacked this picture from her go visit it here.
 This book was a quick read and a much needed dose of motivation.  If you’re a super serious, super fast, super chipper runner you might not ‘get’ this book.  However, if you’re a middle of the pack (or back of the pack) runner, have been known to be a bit bitchy (or even complain about your aches and pains of training), and don’t take running or marathon training in general to seriously (seriously - as in you can laugh at yourself) you will enjoy this book. 

You can read an excerpt from the book here.

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If you have read the book let me know your thoughts.


  1. I just read this book too and it was HILARIOUS. I about peed my pants about the banana issue. Oh and the Milkshake song on repeat... I woulda died.

  2. Read it and loved it. I bought it for myself at Christmas, then I thought, "Hey...I AM a runner! Why do I need this book," and planned to return it but forgot. 4 months later a friend recommended it to me and I laughed my way through it. No, people who aren't brand new runners aren't going to learn anything new, but reading it is like hearing all my issues, only more coherent.

  3. I still want to read the last two books you read.

  4. @Alecia - Remind me and you can borrow them this weekend!

  5. Middle-back of the pack? Check! Bitchy? Check! Sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. @Laura - It's a good book to enjoy....while sittin' on the couch! :)

  7. I am in the process of reading it and love that it isn't from the point of view of an ultra-athlete. It is nice to hear the voice of someone who struggled a little but could see the humor through it all and be successful in the end! It has motivated me to begin training for my first full marathon in September :) I stumbled across your blog when I was looking up something for the book... I am going to have to stay a while and catch up!