The marathon -- a 26 mile, 385 yard race that athletes around the world regard as the ultimate running event, the greatest challenge to a runners abilities and endurance. Now, Marc Bloom, has written the most ocmplete book to date on training for and competing in a marathon --for beginners and experienced competitors alike.
Here is everything anyone who runs more than 20 miles per week needs to know about preparation and participation:
1. Seventy three basic pointers ranging from the right shoes to the right diet--with tips on how to knock minutes off your best time.
2. The psycholocial benefits and the negative aspects of racing;
3. Personal reports from ordinary and extraordinary runners on what psychological factors make them run well, or less than at their best;
4. The Physiology of running marathons and an account of Bloom's experiences at the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University;
5. A variety of training programs for everyone from jogger to world class athlete, including Bloom's own program for average runners;
6. What to do to treat--and prevent--injuries;
7. Behind the scenes accounts of both the Boston and New York City marathons;
8. In depth profiles of successful runners, including amateurs young and old and champions like Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Kathrine Switzer and Grete Waitz.