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How to Run a Marathon

By: Vassos Alexander
Narrated by: Vassos Alexander,Sarah Ovens,Richard Trinder
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Ever been tempted to try a marathon? Maybe you’ve just started running, perhaps you’re gaining confidence, or are you already well on your way to conquering the iconic distance? Whatever stage you’re at on your journey, join marathon man Vassos Alexander as he shows us why we shouldn’t be afraid of the big 26.2.

Every marathon runner’s journey is different. You might have caught the bug after experiencing that adrenaline rush of completing your first 5k; it might be a desire to finally cross something off your bucket list; or, perhaps it was a bit of an absentminded afterthought while watching TV, crisps in hand, and a niggling voice saying ‘maybe I could do that’–it was for Vassos, at least. However far along you are in your journey, How to Run A Marathon shows us that absolutely anyone can take those first steps to defeating the distance. In fact, you’ll probably end up enjoying it a lot more than you think.

Including inspiring interviews with runners from all walks of life, delightful tales of remarkable marathons all over the world, crucial training and nutrition tips and so much more, Vassos shares all the lessons he’s learnt—from start line to finisher’s medal.

Funny, candid and motivating, this book will not only help you succeed in your marathon quest but empower you to complete the distance any way you want. Whether that’s achieving a particular time or simply finishing in one piece, How to Run a Marathon will guide you through.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Vassos Alexander (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Emma Green, PhD, MSc, BSc
  • 02-27-21

Decent but not brilliant

I like Vassos Alexander’s writing style (descriptive and engaging but with no self-indulgent waffle) so I was keen to read this.

This book is a decent read for runners of all abilities. I particularly liked hearing the stories of lots of other runners (although paying a few more voice actors would have helped in this arena) but it is annoying how many of his stories he repeats in his books. Presumably he thinks readers will never read more than one?

If you’re not going to add much more new content, just update your old books, rather than releasing a new one. It’s disrespectful to your loyal readers and looks as though you’re more interested in making money than creating a high-quality, unique read.

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  • GEORGIOS G.
  • 10-01-21

Totally unoriginal. Buy something else

if you have read other books by Vassos or on running, skip this and save your money. The only truly original part was on menstrual cycle and running and one story on running during the pandemic. There are plenty other running books worth your attention, including others by the same author.

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  • Yvonne richards
  • 06-02-21

Realistic, funny, informative

I've been jogging now for 6 months and have been increasing my distance and speed to try and aim for a marathon one day. This book has helped eased my anxieties about taking part in a marathon and has given me hope that one day I will take part in a Marathon. Vassos is funny and he and his speakers give you insight and perspectives of each person's individual journey. There is great guidance on courses, stretching, fuelling, running and all sorts of other things that can give you the confidence to make it to a marathon yourself one day.

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  • Colin
  • 05-14-21

Dissapointed as expected better

I really enjoyed Alexanders two previous books but this felt that this book was too introspective and at times came across as slightly pretentious. It didn't flow well and the narrators voices with faux accents to suit the source of the text was really annoying.

On the plus side there are some good running tips in the book that will appeal to beginner and established runners but as a book in its own entirety I felt it failed to hit the mark.

In comparison to the his last two books which I really enjoyed and recommended to friends and family this is dissapointing and I won't be recommending this one, here's hoping the next one will be a return to form.

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  • ElvistheBoy
  • 01-30-21

Not Vassos's best

I loved his previous two books but not as keen on this one. Too many interruptions from guests and their inputs distract from the usually excellent Vassos. Disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-22

Enjoyable and informative!

Vassos is obviously a very talented runner, though he never impresses his talent but freely shared his experiences, and particularly sharing what he learned from his often hilarious mishaps along the way. As someone training for my first marathon (London 23) this has been an invaluable insight. Thank you for making it ok to be far removed from the elite gazelles everyone else seems to be!!

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  • C Moreton
  • 11-04-22

easy listening

A great book, it made me laugh and cry. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was well worth a listen

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  • Miguel Oliveira
  • 09-03-22

Great tips and inspirational story

There’s a lot of useful tips (complemented by the downloadable pdf), and the story is inspiring

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  • Pam Critchley
  • 07-07-22

Brilliant

This is a brilliant and inspirational book for a newbie Marathon runner. However, I believe the inspiration and advice within this book is relevant to every runner from complete beginners attempting their first ParkRun to Ultra Runners! I am totally hooked!!

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  • Angelina McGaw
  • 06-16-22

I loved it!

I loved it to the point that before the end I had booked myself in for the Brighton marathon in April 2023. I'm now slightly nervous, but I can cash the cheque in for all my training on race day, right Vassos?

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  • Rebekah Williams
  • 05-29-21

loved it!!

10/10 would listen to this book again, interesting and informative and I feel very inspired now :)