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  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Optimized Message, Inc. (December 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988626608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988626607
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is extremely well researched.
R. gazarian
It's a great read for anyone not just runner's but I imagine if you are a runner it is that much more interesting... Highly recommend!
Robert Torres
After reading Mark's book I realized a few things.
Frank Marsala

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. gazarian on January 6, 2013
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There is a compelling narrative here. From hero to zero and back to hero. This account follows a high performing college athlete to an unmotivated individual with a fondness of alcohol to finally a world class athlete who becomes the fastest man over the age of forty.

Besides the cool back story this book is packed with graphs, data, studies, insights, diets that you can apply to your life whether you are an athlete or regular Joe. The book is extremely well researched. It is obvious a ton of time went into collecting and analyzing this data.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Torres on January 4, 2013
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There is nothing like a great American comeback story, and this is a great one. It is inspiring (I'm a 40 something myself) informative and entertaining at the same time. It's a great read for anyone not just runner's but I imagine if you are a runner it is that much more interesting... Highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jayme Fishman on January 7, 2013
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If you are either masters athlete, somebody who wants to be a masters athlete, or anyone looking for a ton of information about training coupled with a great story then don't hesitate to grab this "must-read." The authors are good friends of mine. I was personally inspired by Mark's story and decided to start training again. He had already been at it a couple of years and had collected all sorts of experience and information. He said something to me at the time that I quickly dismissed but now are words that I know all to well to be true: "you will get injured when you start your comeback." Looking back on it he was like Frank Shorter when he said: "How did I know you ran the mile in 4:30 in high school? That's easy. Everyone ran the mile in 4:30 in high school - Frank Shorter." How did he know I would get injured? That's easy, every masters athlete does. I can tell you from experience that while we can make our bodies perform "Faster Than Forty" they are not the same as they were in college. Any book that offers experience that you can draw upon to navigate these differences should be given a good hard look. My mistake was not embracing more of the information earlier in my training. Several trips to PT and eventually the operating room can change your perspective. If you don't agree with some of the information when you read it you may find yourself reflecting back on it during your training and racing and realizing that it was solid advice. Two cyber-thumbs up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank Marsala on March 25, 2013
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I am 51 years old and I try to stay in shape. I have always been pretty active but I find myself getting injured frequently. After reading Mark's book I realized a few things. First, like Mark did at one point, I probably regarded the importance of workout, diet and recovery at 70%, 15% and 15%; Mark suggests that the correct ratio should be 33-33-33. Also, he told a story about having had knee pain and how it was fixed with "aggressive stretching and hot tub". I tried both of these approaches (in other words, more focus on recovery/diet and more stretching) and my knees have been pretty much pain free. I also appreciated his detailed research on various supplements. For example, he said that his experience with glucosamine was "moderately successful". That was my experience as well and I have stopped taking it now that I have been focusing more on my stretching. I also liked his discussion of supplements such as creatine (he says it is helpful), vitamin D (helpful but difficult to absorb correctly) and caffeine (use once in a while).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M.K. on January 7, 2013
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Mark Gomes is a highly inspirational individual whether it be in running or life. A must read ! ! !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Master Miyagi on January 7, 2013
Inspiring book. We all have our own journeys and goals in life. But this one is such a win-win one in many ways. It has influenced me to think about my own health especially since I am close in age to the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TracyT on January 6, 2013
I am very excited to read "Faster Than Forty"! It definitely will be an interesting, inspiring and informative book written by a very accomplished & successful athlete and person, Mark Gomes. Spread the word about this book!! I believe it will encourage people to get healthier, faster & believe more in themselves in 2013!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By el peloner on January 6, 2013
What a great read. I'm a 43 year old, with competitive aspirations of a 20 year old. Limit physical competition to Spartan/Tri/local road race. This read provides a great review on how to stay competitive, with the work-out routine to stay healthy. Very interesting and educational process provided in an entertaining light.
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