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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.
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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.
From now on, maybe I should just give them a copy of "Going Long." It's a much better illustration of the point I'm trying to make. There are a lot of great stories out there, and running only has a little to do with it.
"Going Long" is an anthology of articles from Runner's World. As you'd expect, the magazine has plenty of articles on how to run better or eat better. In that sense, it's a bit like Golf Digest, which in one month tells you how to cure your slice, and in the next tells you how to cure your hook.
But at least once an issue, and sometimes more, Runner's World steps up its literary game. Its feature-length articles are almost always good, and quite often memorable. The magazine has been popping up in the Best American Sports Writing series in the past few years, and deservedly so.
Someone has been paying attention, it seems, and came up with the idea to do an anthology. It's long overdue.
Three of the articles were the basis of a couple of my favorite books on running -- one on Bill Bowerman, one on "The Duel in the Sun" on the 1982 Boston Marathon, and the third on the legendary Mexican tribe of long-distance athletes. The original articles are here in shortened form, and remain fascinating.
But there are plenty of other great stories here. I missed some of them, since I haven't been subscribing forever, and remember the others. They all hold up quite well.Read more ›
if you want to get inspired because you want to start running or you are already a runner but you start to have second thoughts of why are you running then this is the book for you, it will make you start running like the wind and it will reenforce you in keep running.
I loved all of the stories and I learned a lot from them.
Also if you want to check out my book Thirsty For Health I would really appreciate it.
Thank you and have a healthy day!
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).
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on May 29, 2014 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
I liked the book a few stories were tedious. It seemed the editor was struggling to find material towards the end.Published on April 7, 2013 by Jerry Halcomb
This book didn't provide what I was looking for with regards to a running novel. There were a couple of interesting stories, but it is just a compilation of other books... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by LM