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Book Review: Overthinking the Marathon by Ray Charbonneau

By Softstar @Soft_Star_Shoes

Overthinking Marathon CoverOkay, so you've got your trusty RunAmocs, you're realizing that running properly makes you feel great and maybe you've even started entering some races. Maybe you're considering pushing yourself to do some longer races. Maybe you could even do... a marathon?

Does the idea of training for a marathon seem daunting, or even unimaginable to you? If so, then Ray Charbonneau's new book will give you a unique glimpse into the world of life before the big race.

Overthinking the Marathon is Charbonneau's third book, and it chronicles a blog he kept during the six months of training and preparation leading to his entry in the 2012 Cape Cod marathon. Now in his fifties, Charbonneau has completed some 20 marathons to date, and the challenges of getting ready for the Cape Cod race emerge through every aspect of his life.

"It's not ALL about running."

The story also includes its lighthearted quirks, which make the story fun and interesting. Seeing a bunny in the road is considered a sign of a good day in Charbonneau's family, so he's always on the lookout. And among his regular non-running commitments is a workshop for glove puppet performances. He even includes a weather magic spell intended to keep hurricane Sandy off the Cape.

Overthinking the Marathon has something for everyone. Experienced runners will undoubtedly relate to Charbonneau's experiences and probably find useful ideas and tips. New marathoners will see how a strict training schedule will affect their lives and discover unexpected needs to consider, such as last minute schedule changes or gear failure.

If you're interested in reading the book, we encourage you to purchase your copy soon. Charbonneau will be running the 2013 Boston Marathon as a sighted guide for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind‘s Team With a Vision, and 50% of the book's proceeds from before April 15, 2013 will be donated to the cause.

Overthinking the Marathon is currently available in paperback for $14.99 or as an ebook for $3.99. You can purchase a copy and connect with Charbonneau's current blog at

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