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“Alan Webb's pursuit of the 4-minute mile as a high school senior ws one of the most compelling stories in recent U.S. track history. Chris Lear's insightful work picks up the tale where many dropped it, following Webb to college and exposing the sub-4:00 as not just a blessing, but a burden as well.” ―Tim Layden, senior writer, Sports Illustrated
“Sub 4:00 provides an insightful look into the life of a high school phenom and the resulting pressures at the collegiate level. It focuses on two of the most important ingredients in successful running--health and the chemistry between coach and athlete.” ―Suzy Favor Hamilton, Olympic miler
“It's rare to have an athlete like Alan Webb in our midst, rarer still to have an insider's look at the drama, uncertainties, training, and racing of a track season. Sub 4:00 gives us the highs and lows, triumphs and defeats of the season that ended with Webb's decision to turn pro. What John Feinstein did for collegiate basketball with a A Season on the Brink, Lear does with Sub 4:00. This dramatic story of personal and athletic growth is the literary equivalent of a 4-minute mile.” ―Mike Sandrock, sports writer, The Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado, and author of Running with the Legends
This is a great running book. It is high-quality, and easy to read. The shipping was super fast. I am happy with my purchase.Published on November 3, 2013 by Wendy Moses
Very well written account of a great American runner. The struggles and the triumphs are outlined well. It is a fast read. I couldn't put it down.Published on October 13, 2013 by J. Kyle Schwab
I definitely enjoyed the read, but it was slow enough at parts of the book that I would put it down for a while and forget about it. Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by Ronald
I enjoyed this book a lot. I don't think the casual jogger will enjoy it but if you competed in track at all in your life then you should enjoy this book. Read morePublished on March 15, 2010 by Mr. X
I open my mailbox and say "Oh Yes, the book is here!" Unfortunately, i bought a new copy and got a book that looks like it should be in the TRASH! Read morePublished on February 24, 2010 by John Pirtle
Not as good as Running with the Buffaloes, but a good read if you like to read about running and college sports.Published on February 11, 2010 by Lonnie
I found the book very interesting and factual of how good prospective high school athletes can be ground up like chopped beef. Read morePublished on August 26, 2007 by William M. Welch
In a space of several months in 2001, Alan Webb ran the fastest indoor mile by a U.S. high school athlete and then set a national high school record for the magical distance,... Read morePublished on September 11, 2006 by Best Of All