The Boston Marathon Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Training for and Succeeding in the Ultimate Road Race

Falcon Guides. Feb. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9781493079025. pap. $24.95. HEALTH
Pollina, a writer of screenplays, TV pilots, and short stories, has run an impressive 26 marathons, 18 of which were the Boston Marathon. In this book, he documents the history of the famous race, and he gives readers insight into what it takes to train for and run the race that has taken place every third Monday of April since 1897. This title is not the typical hard-core, highly detailed training guide with daily or weekly workout schedules and mileage goals. Instead, the author offers advice in an occasional humorous or lighthearted way, which makes his book accessible and appealing for both serious Boston Marathon hopefuls and armchair marathoners alike. The numerous black-and-white photos throughout the book enhance this motivational work. This title also includes “The Boston Lexicon,” which lists terms related to the race, and there’s an index too.
VERDICT For runners who aspire to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Readers interested in the history of the race and its luminaries will also enjoy this title.
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