TBR Challenge: The Non-Runner’s Marathon Guide For Women by Dawn Dais
With a subtitle of “Get Off Your Butt And On With Your Training,” how can you not love this book.
Almost four years ago, after developing gestational diabetes, a doctor told me that I needed to do something drastic to keep from developing diabetes when I am older. She suggested training to do marathons which is what she had done. I was stunned at the thought of it. My husband supported me as I tried to make changes to our lifestyle. We began eating healthier and exercising regularly. I walked –occasionally jogged a bit– but never really trained for a marathon. It was always in the back of my mind. Almost a year ago, I found the book and put it on my wish list over at PBS. Just as soon as it arrived, I cracked it open and continued my journey.
This book is hilarious. If you want to run (or walk) a marathon (or half-marathon), this book is for you. If a marathon is not on your to do list, I would recommend it to you anyway. Dawn Dais is straight forward and full of fun notions about running. Her journal entries are “roll on the floor” funny at times. She is straight forward with the readers on the negative aspects of running and marathon training. She lays out the important details for those who are following the training schedule. What type of clothes should you wear? What are the essentials? What is GU? (I didn’t know either, don’t worry she explains it all.)
I am wrapping up my third week of training. It is exhilarating and empowering. I find great delight in choosing which half marathon I am going to finish. It is between Chattanooga in November and South Carolina in December. This book is a winner all the way.