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Marathon: You Can Do It!

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  925 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Jeff Galloway developed unique training programs ten years ago showing runners how to train for, and finish a marathon. Galloway‘s success using walk breaks throughout race training has led tens of thousands of average people to experience the unique lifetime accomplishment of running a marathon. In this updated and revised edition, you'll discover how to set up a personal ...more
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Published (first published April 9th 2001)
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Michael O'Brien
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To me (and probably to many other people as well), the marathon ranks up there as the Mt. Everest of running. I read this book because I've decided that I want to tackle this challenge, but had no idea how to get in condition to deal with it, (being about to turn 50 in two months), and knowing that, unlike other races I've done, there's going to have to be much more preparation for it than for any other physical challenge I've faced in the past. Fortunately, Jeff Galloway gives people like me a ...more
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
One of three favorites for marathon training for me. The other one's I loved that I found very inspiring are Marathoning for Mortals: A Regular Person's Guide to the Joy of Running or Walking a Half-Marathon or Marathon and The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide to Marathon & Half-Marathon Training: Tips, Tools, and Training to Get You from Sign-Up to Finish Line. I also recommend Hal Higdon's website and training plans online (have not yet read his book).

The reason this book comes out on top is I fou
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Marissa
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: running, books-i-own
Really enjoyed reading this book. I began reading it because a few of my running friends have talked about walk breaks and interval training but I was having a hard time grasping the concept of improving my running with walk breaks. I definitely have a better understanding now; by alternating the muscles used and slowing down pace in the begining of a run a runner can perform better and longer without injury. I appreciated the technical aspects of this book a lot. Galloway has charts for not onl ...more
Austin
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was OK. He’s into running way more than I am so some of it was not interesting or not understandable for me. There were some good tips I put to use though and did finish my first marathon!
Christina
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I signed up for the lottery for my first marathon and picked up this book a few days later. The day after I signed up, I thought maybe I'd better just pull out before it was too late, but after reading this book, I felt excited and hoped I really did get in.

Jeff Galloway is a premier running coach and guru and I'd read a bit of his stuff online before this book, but this book really brought home his system of building endurance through frequent, short, and early walk breaks. I'd always before t
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Carman
May 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book if you want to run your first marathon and complete it feeling awesome! (I never dreamed I would actually run a marathon!) I trained for about 3 1/2 months for my first marathon and felt awesome finishing the Country Music Marathon in Nashville last April (2007) with no injuries. Great tips, advice and motivation to be found by Jeff in his books. He is such a neat, knowledgeable and caring guy!
Carin
Jul 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
hopefully this technique will save my knee for years to come. I like that Galloway says anyone can run a marathon, and while reading this I believe he is correct.
Chuck Shorter
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a history book of ancient Greek wars, it is actually about running. I’ve been working through this book off and on for a few months. The author, Jeff Galloway, is a former Olympic runner (1972), and is currently the training consultant for RunDisney. His running program consists of running & walking (ie: run 6 minutes, walk 1 minute) which I have tried on my last two long runs. What I found interesting is that my overall pace did not decrease even though I was walking 1/7th of the ti ...more
Algenis Romero
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Must read running book

If you want to run a marathon then this is your go to guide. The book is well organized with everything you need to accomplish your marathon goal. You will find training programs, nutrition and healthy lifestyle style to help you not just with your marathon but also with your life in general. I recommended this book if you want to get starting with running. The book is means for every type of race at any age. You also find a lot of resources to help you keep track and find
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Tammy Elliott
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely helpful with very informative data. It not only has me on track for my first marathon (at the age of 56) but provided a ton of guidance in multiple areas, including training, nutrition, timing and breathing. Worth every page.
Cole Eagland
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't give it 5 stars because it's a particularly entertaining read, but adopting his run-walk-run strategy helped me push into longer runs and recover much more quickly. It's changed the way I run, without a doubt, so 5 stars for having an identifiable positive effect on my life. ...more
Adam Crane
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It could be my ignorance . . . but I learned a lot.
Jolly anecdotes and amusing disclosures keep you reading.
Jill
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is more intended for true running newbies, but I was able to glean some useful tips. Most important, it really was encouraging in making me believe that I can run a marathon!
Bonnie  Zink
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of info and advice that is easily applied to other distances as well. Well worth a read.
Linda
Excellent resource for new and experienced marathoners. I found his advice very helpful and it reminded me of what I needed to do before, during and after the marathon.
Juan Obligado
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very complete starter for running. Followed Galloway method and been able to comple my first half and full marathon in a year without injuries
Andrew
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful in preparing me for my first marathon.
Suhail Qureshi
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. The walk break methodology has been a game changer to improve the quality of my runs , increase mileages and build endurance.
Alicia
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: running
I prefer Hal Higdon's marathon book, but I did want to read this one to see how they compare. ...more
Corinne
I first picked up this book last winter, when I was thinking about doing my first marathon. I had spoken once with a friend in Knoxville about the "Jeff Galloway" method of running a marathon -that is, a method by which walk breaks are inserted into a marathon run at regular intervals. There are many reasons Galloway stands firmly behind this method of long-distance running, including reducing the pounding effects of running on your joints, allowing time to drink ample water, speeding up recover ...more
Dan
Oct 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: running
I read Galloway's Marathon as part of my haphazard and slightly short-of-the-mark training for the Amsterdam marathon, my first attempt at that distance. I made it round, and in a respectable enough time (3hr45m), though how much of that was due to the book is difficult to say.

It's a useful read certainly, and one full of useful information. My difficulty with it was one of a kind of bloody-mindedness on my part that probably did my marathon performance no good at all. Galloway strongly advocate
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Lai-san
Jul 22, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beginning runners/mathoners
The marathon training program I started this summer provided us with copies of this book because the program is based on the guy's ideas. I've never been very active, and I've never been a runner, so I really haven't spent much time reading about running until now.

The book is pretty decent as an introduction to a lot of the basic issues one deals with when undertaking a running training program. He covers running strategies, eating plans, training plans, etc. My one major complaint is that the
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Monica
Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More like, "Marathon: Slow and Steady Wins The Race!" If I didn't already have a set training schedule and a small (rather big, actually) ego about running the entire thing (or setting out to, at least), I would definitely employ Jeff Galloway's run/walk technique. Even so, for motivation purposes, I much preferred Runner's World Complete Book of Women's Running The Best Advice to Get Started, Stay Motivated, Lose Weight, Run Injury-Free, Be Safe, and Train for Any Distance. But to each their ow ...more
Colleen
May 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: running
This book is a quick read with a lot of great tips on running a first marathon. The only real discrepency from the training I'm currently doing is that Galloway encourages walk breaks throughout training and even during the actual race. While I'm sure it works, my goal, other than finishing the race, is to run the entire marathon w/o walking. I was ok running the whole time in the half-marathons I've done. Plus, my running coach discourages any type of walking during long runs. Other than that, ...more
catherine
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: run
complete and well organized, so it can be read straight through if it's all new info or easily picked through if you're familiar with the non-controversial advice. i really like how galloway devotes a fair amount of time to the mental challenge, where it comes from biologically, and ways to deal with it. i also like that he wants runners to do a 26 mile run in the course of the training. i don't think i've read that elsewhere, but i'm so impressed with this book (and i have a few extra weeks in ...more
Jen
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after the birth of my fourth baby, when the author was on the Today show, teaching people his walking-based training method for turning couch potatoes into marathoners. I didn't think it could be done, but I bought the book, and his training program was sooo easy that I tried it. Six months later, I ran my first marathon and loved every second of it (okay, not *every* second. I hated the hills!). So now I am re-reading this because now that baby number five is almost in preschoo ...more
Lauren
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of good information but repetitive and organized in a confusing manner at times. The quality of the information – and the ease of the quick, read-for-two-minutes-here-two-minutes-there format – do make it worth checking out, though. Probably the best marathon / running guide I’ve read to date – Mr. Galloway makes a marathon seem attainable while throwing in a healthy dose of realism. Recommended.
Danielle
Training for 26 miles is a challenging feat - both physically and mentally. Galloway's book takes you through many different steps help you train. From your long runs, weekly mileage, food intake and everything you can expect on the day of the race. Many, many great tips but since the book is over 10 years old some of the information is a little out of date. I would recommend it though to any first time marathoner because after reading it, it has given me the confidence to finish the race. ...more
Kenna
Jan 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm excited to read this book. My friend gave it to me b'cuz of the training strategies. He's training for a marathon using this method that's supposed to prevent injury, so we'll see if it works on my stubborn stress fracture!

I liked this book. His strategy makes sense, I'm excited to try it once my stress fracture heals and I can start running again - which hopefully is soon!
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Krista
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far this book is awesome. I'm excited to continue learning how to train better for a marathon. So far, I've learned not to stretch before or after a run...what? Really?

Excellent book. I am trying a new method of running called the run/walk and I hope that it improves the daunting task of running an entire marathon. When you add walk breaks I feel like I can do this!
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