New non-fiction: Marathon Training by Nikalas Cook

Marathon Training: Get to The Start Line Strong and Injury-Free

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Each year, thousands of people are inspired to don their running shoes and take on the challenge of a marathon. But on the road to the finish line many marathon hopefuls fall by the wayside, struck down by injury. Largely to blame are plans that are too running intensive or that don’t prepare the body for running and ignore correct technique.

In this book, published for the first time in paperback, Nikalas Cook adopts a cross-training approach to running. Into his plan he incorporates functional strength training, complementary activities such as cycling and swimming, and only three focused running sessions per week to deliver you to the finish line 100% prepared and injury-free. In 28 weeks, you can go from being a complete non-runner, through your first 5k, 10k or half-marathon, and finally on to success in the full 26.2 miles of the marathon.

‘I decided to do the Marathon des Sables. Nik Cook trained me, and despite a long history of late nights, smoking and drinking, I don’t think I could have been better prepared. At the start line the other competitors laughed at me, but at the finish line some were conspicuously absent. Cook has a global, holistic and highly intelligent view of fitness. I revere him and am eternally grateful. He is, ‘The Man’.’ Kate Spicer, journalist & TV presenter

‘Nik’s balanced and varied approach meant I stayed injury-free throughout all of my training…  His technical knowledge of training methods, nutrition, motivation and human physiology is truly impressive.’ Ramez Sousou (Founder and co-CEO of TowerBrook Capital Partners)

Nikalas Cook

Nikalas Cook is a writer and coach who specializes in health, fitness, endurance and adventure sports. Having studied a postgraduate degree in Health and Exercise Science, he worked as a top personal trainer in London. As well as completing marathons, triathlons, ultra-marathons and other endurance challenges, he’s successfully trained clients to achieve their own endurance goals, including four successful Marathon des Sables (150-mile race in the Moroccan Sahara) clients.

Nikalas knows what constructing and implementing a safe and effective training plan involves, the kit needed, the nitty-gritty questions that always get asked and, most importantly, how to get you to the start line fit, strong and injury-free.

Buy your copy of Marathon Training here

Christmas Favourites from Robert Hale Ltd

Wondering what to buy your nearest and dearest this holiday season? Wonder no more. We at Robert Hale Ltd have got something for everyone – from gripping ebooks for the technologically advanced to the ultimate Bat-bible for comic book fans and everything in between.

For fans of classic British literature, check out Maggie Lane’s Understanding Austen. Lane, acclaimed author of many Jane Austen books, turns her attention to the fascinating nuances of Austen’s language and the way it embodies her most profound beliefs about human conduct and character. Jane Austen Award nominee Amanda Grange shines a light on the life of Sense and Sensibility’s Colonel Brandon in Colonel Brandon’s Diary, offering fans of Austen’s work a chance to explore her world a little further.

If you know people more inclined to pick up a comic book than an Austen novel, however, we have the ultimate Bat-bible, Holy Franchise Batman! by Gary Collinson to entertain any bat-fans, even the more knowledgeable ones. The book follows the many manifestations of Bruce Wayne/Batman over the years from TV to cinema and is filled with fascinating Bat-facts.

If your loved ones shy away from books altogether, preferring to pick up their Kindle or Kobo and delve into an ebook, our ebook range includes everything from westerns to crime and romance. We have Robert Goddard’s first ever book Past Caring, the brilliant Inspector Box crime series by Norman Russell or the Helen Forrester series: Three Women of Liverpool, Liverpool Daisy and The Latchkey Kid. Both Aunt Letitia by Dominic Luke and Elizabeth Jackson’s Language of Thieves have zoomed up the Amazon rankings recently or you could try Peter Tickler’s Blood in Oxford series: Blood in Grandpont, Blood on the Cowley Road and Blood on the Marsh.

Don’t forget to check back with us for our Christmas ebook catalogue… coming soon!

If you fancy giving the men in your life something to laugh about this holiday season, check out Wearing Combovers and 49 Other Things That the Modern Man Shouldn’t Do, a book suitable for men both young and old that is packed with witty, laugh-out-loud observations on the human condition. Ranging from ‘Don’t be a Bond fantasist’ to ‘Don’t leave a high-five hanging’, this book is a hilarious addition to any man’s Christmas stocking.

If, however, your man is much more of an exercise/fitness fan and likes to keep in shape, our comprehensive guide Marathon Training by Nikalas Cook is sure to get them to the finishing line safely. In 28 weeks, you can go from complete non-runner, through your first 5k, 10k, half-marathon and finally to success in the full 26.2 miles of the marathon.

For those friends and relatives who love nothing more than to curl up this winter with a great piece of fiction, we have plenty to choose from. Delve into any of the compelling historical fiction tales by the late E.V. Thompson, including his final book, The Bonds of Earth. Alternatively, enjoy Wendy Perriam’s amusing writing edge either in Broken Places as librarian Eric struggles to move forward in his life or with I’m on the Train!, Perriam’s book of entertaining short stories.

Whatever you end up buying or reading this holiday season, enjoy yourself! Happy Christmas and season’s greetings from all at Robert Hale Ltd.

Outdoors Magic Reviews ‘Marathon Training’ by Nikalas Cook

Marathon Training by Nikalas CookNow is the time for those hoping to compete in next year’s London Marathon to start their training – and our guide, Marathon Training, will get you to the start line strong and injury-free.

Here’s what Outdoors Magic thought of the book:

If you’ve always fancied completing a marathon, but been put off by the prospect of massively hard, high-mileage training programmes, Nik’s book might just be the answer . . . readable, well-illustrated and logically set out.

For the full review, check out Outdoors Magic.

Marathon Training by Nikalas Cook is available to buy now with a limited time only discount of 30%

OUT NOW: Marathon Training by Nikalas Cook

Marathon Training by Nikalas CookNikalas Cook is a writer and coach who specializes in health, fitness, endurance and adventure sports. Having studied a postgraduate degree in Health and Exercise Science, he worked for eight years as a top personal trainer in London. As well as completing marathons, triathlons, ultra-marathons and other endurance challenges himself, he’s successfully trained numerous clients to their own endurance goals. These have included four successful Marathon des Sables (150-mile race in the Moroccan Sahara) clients, including journalist and TV presenter Kate Spicer. He knows what constructing and implementing a safe and effective training plan involves, the kit needed, the nitty gritty questions that always get asked and, most importantly, how to get you to the start line fit, strong and injury free.

So, with 28 weeks to go until the 2013 London Marathon, there’s never been a better time to start Marathon Training.

Marathon Training by Nikalas Cook – Official Blurb

Every year, thousands of people are inspired to don their running shoes and take on the challenge of a marathon. On the road to the finish line, though, many marathon hopefuls fall by the wayside, struck down by injury. Plans that are too running intensive or that don’t prepare the body for running and ignore correct technique are largely to blame.

Nikalas Cook adopts a cross-training approach to running. He incorporates functional strength training, complementary activities such as cycling and swimming and only three focused running sessions per week into his plan to deliver runners to the finish line 100% prepared and injury free. In 28 weeks, you can go from complete non-runner, through your first 5k, 10k, half-marathon and finally to success in the full 26.2 miles of the marathon.

I decided to do the Marathon des Sables. Nik Cook trained me, and despite a long history of late nights, smoking and drinking, I don’t think I could have been better prepared. At the start line the other competitors laughed at me, but at the finish line some were conspicuously absent. Cook has a global, holistic and highly intelligent view of fitness. I revere him and am eternally grateful. He is, ‘The Man’.  – Kate Spicer

Nik’s balanced and varied approach meant I stayed injury free throughout all of my training. Something I’ve never managed before when preparing for races.  His technical knowledge of training methods, nutrition, motivation and human physiology is truly impressive. He trained me for a race that was a huge stretch for me. Not only did I get through with a great personal result, but I also was able to enjoy the race because I was so well prepared.  That’s all down to Nik’s coaching, guidance and support. – Ramez Sousou (Founder and co-CEO of TowerBrook Capital Partners)

If you’ve always fancied completing a marathon, but been put off by the prospect of massively hard, high-mileage training programmes, Nik’s book might just be the answer . . . readable, well-illustrated and logically set out Outdoors Magic

Marathon Training by Nikalas Cook is available to buy now with a limited time only discount of 30%

Marathon Training by Nikalas Cook