• Marathon Training & Distance Running Tips

  • The Runner's Guide for Endurance Training and Racing, Beginner Running Programs and Advice
  • By: James Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Long distance running is much like any other fitness training. If you want to improve, you need a good plan that has a progressive nature. If you are new to this game, you need a solid foundation to build on. Having a running program is not the only thing that you need. Sound advice and running tips should be taken from someone who has "walked the walk", or in this case, "ran the run".

Hi, my name is James Atkinson from jimshealthandmuscle.com. I'm a qualified fitness coach and personal trainer and I have a fair bit of running advice that I would like to share with you. When I was around 18 years old, I was a terrible runner! In fact, I failed the basic fitness test for army entrance on running alone, and I failed big time! Several years later, I was clearing 1.5 mile running circuits in eight minutes and 22 seconds and could easily run a marathon any day of the week! I would like to share my knowledge and training experiences with you.

If you are a beginner when it comes to running, this information will no doubt give you advice that will probably not have even crossed your mind before. If you are already a runner and are looking to make more progression, you are also in the right place. I know that it is easy to get stuck on a training plateau, so I have also added some information and training methods to this book that will help you leave the plateau behind.

©2014 James Atkinson (P)2016 James Atkinson

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great information

I've ran a marathon about 5 years ago, and looking at doing another one. I wish this book was around when I ran my first. can't wait to try out some of the techniques to see if they can help me succeed!!! Very well written!!!

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Great Book!

I am training to prepare for the police academy and have found it tough to find books or articles that I can relate to, but with his Military training stories I found it very relatable. I also love the tips to avoid injury, I wish I would've listened to this audible book sooner !

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Helpful

Very helpful for me as a beginner . This book has challenged me to aim higher but also brought out possible mistakes a beginner can make

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Bear Grylls meets Baden-Powell

I really enjoyed the straight forward tips and information described in this book.
The stories were entertaining and short and to the point.
The training plan is simple to follow and the suggestions are fantastic.
As I prepare for my second marathon, I am modifying my training with many of these suggestions.
The main take away is to plan your trainings to achieve the desired results.
Thank you Jim.

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awesome!!

I listen to a lot of audio books and I can say this is without a doubt the best Fitness book I've listened too. lots of good nuggets to take my running to the next level!

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short and sweet. great book for beginner runners

short and sweet. great book for beginner runners and more advanced runners looking to brush up on information

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Excellent book for running advice!

Well written with a good mix of personal stories and sound advice for beginner and veteran runners.

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Quick listen with straightforward advice

This book keeps it simple and provides actionable advice on running. Great book for anyone interested in running.

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Tips from the British Special Forces!

Would you listen to Marathon Training & Distance Running Tips again? Why?

This book is a good introduction for any beginner runner. James’ stories are fascinating as he shares tips and tricks on long distance running many of which were learned during his time in the British Special Forces. This book is a quick and interesting listen and as an intermediate to advanced runner I came away with a few tricks I may try to help improve my speed this year. Definitely worth a listen and from an American prospective it is always fun to hear an English accent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Marathon Training & Distance Running Tips?

Loved the stories of his time in the airborne unit.

What does Matt Addis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Matt's oration is fantastic. His voice is easy and fun to listen to.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Learning to run the hard way....So we don't have to.

Any additional comments?

Worth the listen.

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So basic it seemed like a joke

If you want to learn how to wear 2 pairs of socks, tape your toes, and load a backpack with sand this will be a good read for you.
The tips and tricks are silly and he goes from very, very basic to just basic while talking about covering 26 miles.

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  • Christopher
  • 01-22-17

Great Tips

Loved this audiobook, as I'm approaching a couple of marathons I thought I'd see if there was anything missing from my training. I certainly have helped myself with a lot of things in this book!

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  • SMG
  • 08-18-17

Very informative

Having already trained for and ran 3 marathons already I still picked up a few interesting tips from this book and therefore feel it was well worth a listen.

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  • SDoc
  • 05-10-18

Awesome book

I am training for a half marathon and I am bricking myself. This audiobook has helped calm me down and has given me some great advice. Thanks guys.

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  • Gary Edwards
  • 08-16-17

Great for those starting out

Enjoyed the stories and the tips. Being an injured ex soldier myself, I took up running to lose weight just over 4 years ago after ballooning to over 25st. Lost over 170lbs all thanks to the challenges that running can give you. Knowing how to avoid some of the pitfalls and getting good training tips stops those unnecessary injuries can only be a good thing. Soak up the knowledge this book gives you and you will succeed in your running dreams.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-20

Excellently written

narration was beautifully tempoed. Content was so well presented and true to its promise of different levels of runners benefiting from it. Tips were really helpful & realistic too. authors own experiences also helped. found the content really useful & enjoyed the pace & flow.

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  • David
  • 05-31-20

Fantastic.

A well written and easy to understand book.
Some great ideas, tips and advice from someone who has been there, seen it and done it.
Thank you Jim, inspirational in ever way.

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  • ROBERT JOHN MCINTYRE
  • 10-10-19

Brilliant

I usually never bother reviewing books but felt I had to after listening to this one.
Great book full of good advice laid out in simple terms. Loved the anecdotes and how the author's personal experiences relate to goals that probably everyone who downloads the book wishes to achieve. I look forward to reading and listening to James,s other books now

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  • Cheryl
  • 01-30-19

Brilliant!

Loved this audio book and learnt so much from it. Download, listen and learn. Thanks Jim!

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  • Conor
  • 01-24-19

Great tips

Although short, this book is packed full of ideas and tips that will help any runner complete their goals. I’ll be implementing the 12 week training schedule for my upcoming Edinburgh marathon. Cheers Jim.

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  • Lisa Small
  • 01-08-19

Helpful and enjoyable

First book I have listened to from this author and found it jargon free and reassuring for training. Narrator is also easy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-22

Return to running

Thank you Jim
I am returning to long distance running and have my spot for the NY marathon set for November- I know it will be about just making it with not enough prep time but your book was great to remind me anything is possible
Thank you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-22

Short and effective. Great tips.

Short and effective advice. No unnecessary prolonged stories. Really great advice even for an experienced runner.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-22

an interesting book

As a beginner runner contemplating a marathon it was an interesting book. Thanks Jim

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-21

Good book for the beginners

Great short book providing an introduction to long distance running. I would say if you are already a long distance runner this is probably not going to give you much new information, but still a great listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-21

Better than nothing but not very good.

Good running advice. Terrible diet advice. Narrative is weak. This should have been a podcast. A free podcast.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-21

great

great. I loved it. very useful tips. can be used anyone. Good work jim. Thanks

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  • Melissa Allen
  • 02-03-21

great book. insight filled and easy to listen to.

really invaluable book. so great for the first time runner and veteran runners too. thanks so much James!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-21

Great start for a beginner (like me)

Thanks Jim, for helping remove the overwhelm of signing up to my first half marathon. For breaking it down simply into steps and stages. Highly recommend for someone in my position, just starting out. I can't speak for more experienced runners.

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  • Mitesh Shah
  • 10-27-20

Short and Sweet tips

I loved the book, because it gives you general tips you can relate to, without jargon and details. Loved it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-20

LOVED THIS BOOK

This book is very helpful for all levels of experiences. helped alot with my running.

THIS BOOK IS A MUST BY FOR RUNNERS!!!

You wont regret