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I ran my first marathon at London in 2013 after dropping out two weeks before 2012 with an overtraining injury. In 2013 I was more careful, but I still didn't quite know what I was doing. I hit the wall hard somewhere between 18 and 20 miles. I can't be more precise than that. Finished just outside 3:30 feeling like I'd been tortured. I was 40 years old. It took me 5 years to get it together for my second marathon and in the meantime I read and digested this book. I decided to follow its 18 week plan for lower mileage runners after setting a very ambitious goal of 3:15 for the Brighton Marathon in the UK. I read the book again and paid close attention to the chapters on following the training plans and on race day strategy. I managed to handle the training load well so about halfway through I decided to sign up for another marathon 6 weeks after! I completed the training, avoided injury, did the carb loading and arrived at the start line as prepared as I could have been. This was three days ago. After executed a nearly perfect race plan I achieved my goal with 8 seconds to spare. I'm five years older now and a cut above. Compared to the first marathon, this one was almost easy despite being 16 minutes faster. I never hit the wall and I felt good nearly the whole way around. I'm now following the 6 week plan for multiple marathons and hoping to shave off a few more minutes in Edinburgh. I know that I did the hard work, but these guys really cleared the way for me. I'm going to see how far I can go with this. All credit to the authors. I can't thank them enough. 

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I've read only the preface and the 8 pages made available for sampling. I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the book. I feel we're going to become best training buddies.

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