First Marathons: Personal Encounters with the 26.2-mile Monster

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Breakaway Books, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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Introduction by Gail Waesche Kislevitz

"If you have the passion, you have the power."

I had already been pounding pavement for twenty-four years when I made the decision to run my first marathon. Growing up in the late sixties when women's sports was called cheerleading, I had no formal training in running techniques. I just ran, pure and simple. I ran for the joy of it, the thrill of it, the escape of it. During college, I played lacrosse because there wasn't a women's track team and it seemed like the next best thing to do. But I still remained faithful to my daily run. I ran through the bitter-cold winters of Michigan during graduate school, through two pregnancies and countless other miles that seem to blend into one long life's run.

I don't know when I made the transformation from running as a sport to running as part of my life. I can't separate the two. When I run, my mind and body fuse together, creating an energy source that empowers me. It is my private time, my therapy, my religion.
Ultimately I had to test myself, to see just how far I could go. I wanted to train correctly, so I bought running books filled with important information: training routines, nutrition guides, stretching techniques, injury prevention, speed work, pace and performance guidelines. Everything I needed to know about the technical aspects of running a marathon, except the most important thing to me-its soul. No book took on the task of describing the feeling, the heart, the core of a marathon. What would it be like? What would I feel out there? Would I hit the mythical wall? Could the last six miles be so difficult? This was the information I craved.

I spoke with friends (and strangers) who had run marathons. They answered my questions with such passion, such fever and excitement for the event that I was mesmerized. I inhaled their stories as they captured every moment of the race: the lows of utter despair and pain, the highs of inner strength. They became my role models.
That was the beginning of this book. I am going to let runners speak for themselves-famous runners, unknowns, fast and slow, old and young. Through their experiences, you will feel the pain and the glory of running the marathon. Their lives h

  

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Review: First Marathons: Personal Encounters with the 26.2-Mile Monster

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This book was gifted to me and I absolutely loved it. Stories of first time marathoners from those who trained to those who ran on a whim...all ages and levels of fitness. I found this book to be ... Read full review

Review: First Marathons: Personal Encounters with the 26.2-Mile Monster

User Review  - Goodreads

This book was gifted to me and I absolutely loved it. Stories of first time marathoners from those who trained to those who ran on a whim...all ages and levels of fitness. I found this book to be ... Read full review

Contents

Kim Ahrens SISTER
25
Bill Begg A BRASH BEGINNER
39
Richard Bellicchi HOW NOT TO RUN A MARATHON
57
Ted Corbitt A WILLINGNESS TO SUFFER
79
Lauren Fessenden SOMETHING ALL MY OWN
97
Scott Greeley MY WORST NIGHTMARE
117
Donna Isaacson YES THATS ME AND IM WALKIN
131
Roger Jones ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE
147
Jim Miller SUFFERING THE SINS OF NEGLECT
195
Bill Rodgers REBEL WITH A CAUSE
211
Matthew Shafner BEETHOVENS TWENTYSIXTH
225
Ray Steffen MY NEW PASSION
239
Dick Traum A VICTORY FOR HUMANITY
253
Crete Waitz COOL CONTROLLED GRACE
269
Sandy Zanchi 50 AND D C
283
FAVORITE SONGS TO RUN BY
297

Thomas King ON THE RUN TO A NEW LIFE
161
Nina Kuscsik BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS
175

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About the author (1998)

Kislevitz is a freelance writer.

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