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The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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My muscles atrophied, I gained a hell of a lot of weight, and most importantly for me I couldn't (still can't) enjoy the many benefits of being a lifelong endurance athlete. Quite literally, when I have a bit of trouble getting to sleep at night, I think my way through a day of bicycle riding, from preparation to the post ride beer.
So of course I needed a bit of help. I knew (know) I would be OK in a year, but in the meantime I'm pretty sure I will have lost my job or maybe even my career. And this book responded to those conflicting thoughts of motivation and doom rather well.
Matt Long was injured far worse that I was (am). He was run over by a bus. So while modern medicine and surgical procedures are miraculously good, it really takes the difference in the individual to change someone like me from being disabled for life, and driven to do the work necessary to a full recovery. This book will help anyone in a similar situation because Matt Long is one such individual and reading his story will help you with your own comeback.
And that's the way I think of it. I'm going to do a major comeback, a Lance Armstrong, and a Matt Long in getting back to doing the things I love to do most.
Matt Long was a New York Firefighter, a 9/11 responder, and a Boston Marathon qualifier when he was hit on his bike by a corporate shuttle bus making an illegal turn during an illegal transit workers strike. He went from being in the best shape of his life to a 5% chance of living, having been literally torn open as the bus ran him over and dragged him and his bike, ramming his seat post up through his body and crushing his pelvis.
Through the heroic efforts of surgeons, doctors, and nurses, he lived, but that was only the beginning of his struggle. He had to learn to walk again, a goal that many physical therapists told him was noble but unattainable. He didn't give up, finding therapists who believed that his competitive nature and his peak physical fitness at the time of the accident gave him an excellent chance of not only walking again, but running another marathon. Most remarkable, I think, is the amazing family of New York's Bravest who stand beside any of their comrades no matter if they were hurt on or off the job. I wonder if Matt would have been able to survive and recover without their support. He talks only briefly about his experience on 9/11, and only to give the context for some of the firefighters helping him recover and for the motivation he had to do right by the 343 firefighters and paramedics who gave their lives that day (a number he wrote on his arm as he competed).
Most of the book is about his recovery, which was slow and ponderous at times. Matt doesn't skimp on the medical details of his injuries or recovery.Read more ›
He had bones that were shattered beyond recognition.
68 units of blood were pumped into his body.
He needed dozens of surgeries.
One doctor even said it looked like a bomb exploded in his stomach.
But Matt wasn't about to give up. His father once told him: "You don't quit on them. You never quit."
And he didn't.
The Long Run is the story of Matt Long - New York firefighter, bar owner, athlete, and Ironman. Matt came back from the brink of death because of two things: a hospital renowned for its trauma center, and the athletic conditioning he had trained his heart for. In his own words, "Becoming an Ironman had kept me from becoming a dead man."
I read this in a single day - once I started, I just couldn't put the book down.
The layout was easy to follow. While Matt told us about his recovery, we also got to hear stories about his upbringing, his 8 siblings, joining the New York Fire Department, opening bars, and getting into endurance sports. Matt's story was very engaging because he didn't sugar-coat anything. When he got frustrated or depressed during his recovery, he didn't pull any punches. He knew he should be proud of his accomplishments during his rehabilitation, but these accomplishments served to frustrate him because he knew he was capable of doing more. I found myself weeping on more than one occasion because of the incredible support he received from family, friends, and in some cases, total strangers.
He knew he wouldn't be the same person he was before the accident, so he made himself a combination of the previous Matt and the new one.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a very inspirational story about a man overcoming a great adversity.Published 4 months ago by Adam J Goff
Amazing and inspiring book! Even if you're not a runner or athlete I recommend this book, it's one of the best books I've ever read!Published 4 months ago by Stephanie Schlegel
Matt has lived an amazing life. He speaks of many successes, while speaking of terrible tragedy - for others and for himself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Steve Stadler
AMAZING AND INSPIRING READ, truly touching, brought tears to my eye. Enjoyed very much
Motivating. I recommend this book to anyone...
I am a survivor of a really bad accident! A motorcycle accident, and this book was my every day motivation Matt Long will tell almost everything what happened on his dramatic... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carlo Argueta
Inspiring, emotional, motivational... just awesome book. I purchased this through the "audiobook" version and it kept me going through many hours of marathon training. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Julie Benson
Such an amazing and inspirational book. I read this when I was training for multiple races and it gives you the complete motivation that if Matt can go through the things he did,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jason M Mason