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Reviewed by Christen Krumm

The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women is a book on running. No, seriously. I know what you are thinking. How interesting could a book on running really be? Especially one geared towards non-runners (non-runners running is somewhat of an oxymoron)? I am here to report that this book was exceptionally good. I honestly could not put it down!

I have wanted to run a 5K (yes, only a 5K) for quite a while now. I figured it could not hurt to read this book (after all running is running, right?) Reading this book has almost inspired me to run a full marathon – almost (not sure if I am that crazy just yet). Dawn Dais’ book tells of her real life marathon training experience going from a self proclaimed couch potato to an all out full marathon runner. She provides a training schedule as well as many much needed checklists, such as a checklist of gear for a novice runner.

I think what makes The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women so interesting is Dais’ wit and humor throughout the entire book. She includes excerpts from her running journal that she kept while training for her marathon – which are laugh out loud hilarious. Dais also added extra pages to the back of the book for you to journal your own marathon training experience, prompts and thoughts on running related issues, and much more.

Whether you are a seasoned runner getting ready to train for a marathon, someone toying with the idea of running a marathon, or a bonafied couch potato who is just wanting a good read, I highly recommend picking up Dawn Dais’ The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women. However, I must warn you that her story just might inspire you to start running yourself (she does bring up a good point about eating all the carbs you want…)

Rating: 5/5

Christen graduated from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith with a BA in English. She’s a coffee drinking stay at home mom by day and a freelance writer/editor by night. She currently resides in Arkansas with her husband and daughter and welcomed a son in August.

The review copy of this book was provided free of any obligation by Seal Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.