Ben Kaplan has transformed himself from an average guy—and degenerate barfly—into a dedicated, Boston-Marathon-competing runner (he even finished it!). Now the National Post running columnist shares his strategy on preparing for a marathon in one year, even if you've never run before. Practical, honest and funny, Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now is a unique guidebook that steps confidently between memoir, humour book and inspirational self-help screed.
Complete with week-by-week training program, along with critical information about nutrition, hydration, running shoes, race strategy, pacing and proper form, Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now contains advice from experts from all over the world. And musical advice, too. As a music journalist Kaplan has solicited favourite running songs recommended by everyone from Justin Bieber to Ghostface Killah, the Black Keys and Dolly Parton. It’s like a training guide and music playlist all in one book.
So, join Ben as he goes the distance from non-runner to runner, non-father to father, and meet an unlikely cast of characters along the way, from Olympians to Woody Harrelsons, Joan Rivers to the world's top track coach, Deena Kastor, Ryan Hall, Mary Keitany, Reid Coolsaet and Kaplan’s old running buddy, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. For everyone from the veteran marathoner to the leisure-time walker, Feet, Don't Fail Me Now presents a fun and informative how-to guide for increasing stamina, patience and, most importantly, heart.
"The most interesting running book I have ever read. The part about how to avoid injuries is quite true — it's what I've used my entire career." —Hon. Wesley Korir, MP, Cherangany, Kenya, and 2012 Boston Marathon champion
"Feet, Don't Fail Me Now makes the inaccessible art of running accessible, fun, and meaningful." —Jesse Eisenberg, actor and writer
"This is the book I'd recommend to any marathon hopeful." —Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of both the Boston and the New York City marathons.
"A unique and riveting read. Entertaining, informative, and inspiring." —John Stanton, founder of The Running Room
"I love that this book is funny -- boy, do we runners need that!" —Kathrine Switzer, first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon and author of Marathon Woman