This practical book enables new runners to train themselves from scratch up to their first 10km (6-mile) race and then, with this under their belt, to start to tackle half, full and ultra-marathons. Clear, full-colour diagrams, detailed text and great photographs explain physiology and running science in an accessible and inspiring way. From an analysis of how muscles work and how injuries occur to how to choose the right running shoe and the right diet, along with practical training schedules and pacing tables for measuring progress, "The Marathon Runner's Handbook" takes an absolute beginner to marathon fitness in six months.The text has been fully updated for this new edition.
Bruce Fordyce, one of the greatest ultramarathon athletes of all time, has raced in major marathon and ultramarathon races around the world. He has set numerous records, some of which remain unbeaten. He came first in the South African Comrades Marathon an unprecedented eight consecutive years from 1981 to 1988, and won again in 1990. Bruce has written two books on the Comrades Marathon, is a sports columnist for various newspapers and magazines and the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Sports Trust. Marielle Renssen has successfully run two marathons and countless half marathon and 30km (18 miles) races, and has completed the tough The Foot of Africa marathon. Marielle wrote The Complete Running Manual, published by New Holland.