- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: Windsprint Press (March 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735103992
- ISBN-13: 978-0735103993
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Cold Clear Day Paperback – March 1, 2000
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Buddy left Finland and moved to Westcliff-On-Sea Essex, England, at the beginning of 1960 and ended up staying there another four years. He paid his way by teaching at a local secendary school. And he trained. With the guidance of Fred Wilt, by mail from the United States, Buddy trained differently than marathon runners had in the past, incorporating speed work, days of repeated short sprints, into a schedule that also including many miles per week. He averaged over 100 miles per week of running, but it was the days of speed work that made him different. One could argue that Czechoslovakian runner Emil Zatopek was the first to incorporate speed work into marathon training, but the amount of speed work he did was a fraction of that done by Buddy in a week.
Buddy Edelen ran 13 marathons from 1962 to 1964, winning seven of them. His accomplishments were incredible and gave American marathon runners new respect in the world. This is his story.
This was a good book. At less than 200 pages, it is an easy read. Best suited for athletes or someone interested in reading about athletic triumph.
The book is fairly well written, and unlike many biographies, it does not drag on with boring uneeded details. It documents the man that Edelen was and shows excerpts from his training to give insight, to those of us who run ourselves, the kind of grueling training he did.
One of my top five running books.
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What a great story about a man and his commitment to improve himself. It is a must read for anyone who calls themself a marathoner.Published on February 13, 2013 by Geoff Harrison
This book did exactly what I was hoping. It inspired me to get out there and train when I didn't always feel like it! Buddy was a classic overachiever!Published on February 3, 2013 by dorunrun