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Going Long: Legends, Oddballs, Comebacks & Adventures Paperback – March 30, 2010
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RUNNER'S WORLD is the worldwide authority on running information. It aims to help runners of all ages and abilities achieve their health, fitness, and performance goals and to inspire them with vivid, memorable storytelling.
Top Customer Reviews
This book, is manna in the wilderness. There is something here for everyone. Inspirational stories abound in this 390 page book. My favorite is Charles Butler's story on New York City's own Matt Long. Matt, a career fireman, was crushed by a 20-ton bus while trying to get to work on his bike in 28 degrees during an illegal strike by the Transport Worker's Union. The bus, hired by brokerage firm Bear Sterns to get its employees to work, made an illegal turn and Matt paid the price. The police arrived to find what was left of Long under the bus with his handle bar through his intestines.
The story goes on to tell of the epic struggle of this man to regain his will to live and then train to take on the New York City Marathon!
Readers are also treated to two stories from John Cheever's son Benjamin H. Cheever. I will never refer to Benjamin H. Cheever as John Cheever's son again. The son moves out from beyond his father's shadow and is easily the finest writer in this collection.
This book is a must for any running enthusiast. I got a lot of pleasure out of devouring the 30 stories. I'd buy it at twice the price.
The stories are told well and they come in comfortable bite-sized chapters.
They inspire, entertain, motivate, enlighten and hit all the low and high points of your emotions throughout the book's journey.
I'm surprised by the quality of this book! I highly recommend it!
There were six or seven stories that I enjoyed or found interesting including "Life and Limb", "After the Fall", "Determined", and "Duel in the Sun". There were also several others that were worth reading but, unfortunately, there were many others that I just did not find interesting.
Given that, my advice is:
* If you get the book, read the overview for each story.
* If it seems interesting, read the first page or two - if that keeps your interest then I would read the rest of the story; otherwise I would move on to the next story.
For most people, I would suggest getting it from the local library (or from the Kindle Lending Library if it becomes available there).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When people ask about what it's like to write a running column for a newspaper, I tell them that running usually has little to do with what my subjects are. Read morePublished 1 month ago by WDX2BB
If you like running stories or stories about running then this is your book.
if you want to get inspired because you want to start running or you are already a runner but you... Read more
A really good to read on the run. It has short stories that can be read in a short time and start a new story when the time presents itself.Published 20 months ago by andrew goodenough
THis is a mixture of some very good stories and some not as inspiring and rather long and boring. Loved the Marathon story as well as the one on Eddy Fox. Very inspirational!!!Published on July 29, 2013 by Anna Stocking
All the best articles with some inspiring stories on the legends of running! Wasn't sure if I would like it but it's definitely worth it!Published on July 17, 2013 by Mike Janes