• How to Lose a Marathon

  • A Starter's Guide to Finishing in 26.2 Chapters
  • By: Joel A. Cohen
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 04-04-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.3 (85 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In How to Lose a Marathon, Joel Cohen takes listeners on a step-by-step journey from being a couch potato to being a couch potato who can finish a marathon. Through a hilarious combination of running tips and narrative, Cohen breaks down the misery that is forcing yourself to run.
From chafing to the best times to run, explaining the phenomenon known as the "Oprah Line", and exposing the torture that is a premarathon expo, Cohen acts as your satirical guide to every aspect of the runner's experience. Offering both real advice and genuine commiseration with runners of all skill levels, How to Lose a Marathon lets you know that even if you believe that the "runner's high" is a complete myth, you can still survive all 26.2 miles of a marathon.
©2017 Joel Cohen (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Simpsons writer Joel H. Cohen shares what he learned as he went from self-described 'chubby middle-aged guy' to marathoner. Narrator Nicholas Techosky delivers the 26.2 chapters (a marathon is 26.2 miles), which in book terms equal 26 chapters and the world's shortest epilogue. Helpful information on running gear such as treadmills, shoes, and apps is covered. Uncommon terms are explained. Colorful descriptions of marathons around the world are inspiring. Techosky's encouraging tone will keep new marathoners motivated, particularly as Cohen promises, 'If I can do it, you can, too.' Quotes - from runners, books, and African proverbs - pepper listeners with other helpful viewpoints. Most satisfying is hearing Cohen take on purists who look down on slow runners. He believes EVERYONE who finishes a marathon is a winner." (AudioFile Magazine)
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By Matt Cobb on 04-12-17

Something for everyone

This is a great book for runners. It's also a great book for people who hate running. And it's perfect for anyone like me, who falls somewhere in the painful middle. Multiple laugh-out-loud moments, and actual advice for a first time marathoner.

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By T. Uhler on 11-12-17

His story is mine

Not a team runner. Starting late in life. Funny review of his journey. I ran 14 miles while listening to this book getting ready for the Seattle marathon 😎

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By Francis on 09-19-17

Every beginner runner should listen to this

Outstanding. Hilarious, inspiring, and some great tips. Am now fully motivated for my first marathon. Think will be listening to this again a lot during training.…

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