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The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide to Marathon & Half-Marathon Training: Tips, Tools, and Training to Get You from Sign-Up to Finish Line

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Rock your run with The Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Guide to Marathon and Half-Marathon Training! This practical, encouraging guide makes preparing for marathon and half-marathon as rewarding as race day. With coaching advice, running workouts, and training programs from Coach Mario Fraioli, you’ll enjoy training and cross the finish line feeling great.

Coach Mario will guide you from sign-up to finish line. With his expert advice, you’ll choose your race, set your goals, select the right gear, and move swiftly through a beginner or experienced marathon or half-marathon training program.

Fraioli covers all of running’s most important topics: dynamic warm-up exercises, smart and realistic workouts, healthy sports nutrition and hydration guidelines, tips for quick and complete recovery, strength training and crosstraining, advice to treat common running injuries, and strategies for race week and race day. He offers useful tools like running pace charts, a sweat loss calculator, and a preview of each Rock ‘n’ Roll race course.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon series is the world’s most popular running series because each race is a fun and feel-good challenge. Now with the Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Guide, you’ll be ready to rock your marathon or half-marathon.

208 pages, Paperback

First published April 1, 2013

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Profile Image for Jo * Smut-Dickted *.
2,038 reviews467 followers
January 8, 2014
I thought this was an o.k. book. It had some good general information but it was pretty bare bones IMHO. I didn't get too much out of it - but I have read a lot of other running books. If you are a just the facts person and don't want anything extra then this one might do. I liked the format of the book but I strongly prefer a few other books to this one as far as content including The Ultimate Beginner's Running Guide: The Key to Running Inspired and Running for Mortals: A Commonsense Plan for Changing Your Life With Running. If it's color and pictures you want you can pick up Runner's World Complete Book of Beginning Running which has some great info but, frankly, caused me to be quite distracted as it is often text over pictures. Happy Trails to you!
Profile Image for Jess.
268 reviews16 followers
February 20, 2019
Fine for what it is, which unfortunately is a bit one-size-fits-all. Female athletes might consider reading Stacy Simm's "Roar" or in addition to this.
Profile Image for Mark Fallon.
804 reviews24 followers
December 21, 2013
An excellent book for beginner and intermediate long-distance runners. Coach Mario Fraioli has helped some runners complete their first 5K and other runners compete in the Olympics. In this book, Mario shares advice and training tips that many runners “know” but don’t often practice. His chapters on recovery and supplementary training are an important balance for distance runners who focus too much on mileage and high-intensity workouts.

Mario sold me my first pair of running shoes when I decided to tackle a 10-mile race. I was 40 pounds heavier than I am now, and could only run 2 miles at a 12:00 minute per mile pace. But when I was greeted by Mario, he treated me with respect, listened to my goals and helped me choose the best pair of shoes for me. As my training progressed, and I moved into marathons, Mario was a constant source of advice and encouragement.

Reading this book, I could “hear” Mario’s voice in the words. His desire to help runners achieve their goals is authentic. Take advantage of Mario’s knowledge and experience by applying the lessons in this book to your training.
Profile Image for Melinda.
107 reviews
May 12, 2016
Quick overview of training, nutrition, common injuries and prevention, as well as some basic strategies for first-time runners. Nice intro for a novice, but as a starting point. There are other books that go into more detail on each of these topics.
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