Run Your First Marathon: Everything you need to know to make it to the finish line is a practical, accessible and realistic guide to training and preparing for your first marathon. It provides an overview of all aspects of preparation - from making the initial commitment to marathon training, and buying running shoes and clothes, to nutrition, how to use running breaks in long-distance runs, and how personality and motivation affect everybody's training differently. For anyone thinking of running a marathon for the first time, this is essential reading that both clearly explains the size of the task ahead - something most other books on the subject skip over - and encourages you to do it!
Grete Waitz won the New York marathon nine times, a marathon gold medal at the 1984 World Championships, a marathon silver medal at the 1984 Olympics. She has written books on running, health & fitness in English and Norwegian and has coached thousands of runners of all levels. Since her retirement from competitive running, she has worked on promoting health & fitness in the US and Europe. Gloria Averbuch has written 11 books on exercise, health & fitness. She is a masters runner and worked for the NY Road Runners for over 20 years.