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An Honorable Run Paperback – July 30, 2009
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I wish everyone could find coaches like mine and Matt's, people who taught more than simple athletics to kids."
Bill Rodgers, Four-time winner of the New York City and Boston Marathons
"This book is a celebration of the unsung heroes of sport, the coaches who sacrifice their time to form champions and change lives. Matt captures all of this in An Honorable Run. The sport of running is about overcoming challenges, life lessons taught and learned and the victories that don't always come with winning, but simply by giving our all."
Jim Ryun, three time Olympian, former World Record Holder in the one mile run
"An Honorable Run is an inspirational journey for anyone who has ever laced up a sports shoe. Proof that you don't have to win to be a winner."
Mike Sager, Writer at Large, Esquire, 2010 National Magazine Award Winner
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An Honorable Run describes the author's days as a runner at Iowa City Regina high school and Colorado University. Perhaps I'm biased because I grew up competing with this high school (but wouldn't that make me biased against him?), but this book gives a great summary of the author's hard-fought years of chasing his running goals. I can live vicariously through this text and think, "What if I trained my heart out and went to school at the top running school in the nation to be my absolute best?" This book shows what happened to the author when he answered that question.
Also, the book chronicles the author's interactions with the "mythical" CU coach Wettmore and his locally-famous high school coach Brown. The personalities conflicting, and great to read about.
Of course, the book includes the author's success/failures chasing these dreams, and the personal level these coaches affected him over the years, college and beyond.
I also liked the insight into the CU training program, and the continued interaction with his ties back home.
I wish there had been a bit more detail about his college running other than his long runs. There wasn't much discussion of his track workouts, etc. That would have been interesting. There was also virtually no mention of his college life outside running, which I thought made the book sort of one dimensional. Even a brief discussion of how he balanced academics with such high mileage would have made the story more real for those of us who have never been college athletes.
Finally, the part of the book that really confused me was the author's depiction of the Colorado head coach. The author praises him throughout the book and refers to him as a guru of running, yet the coach really comes across as a very distant, almost unapproachable, cold sort of person. The author seems almost afraid to discuss issues with him, big issues like whether he will be retained on the team, or whether he will be taken to an upcoming meet. This same coach apparently never bothered to answer the author's many emails, letters and phone calls about the Colorado program when the author was in high school. That seemed just plain rude to me.Read more ›
Overall, this book was written as a tribute to a past-away coach, and for his friends and family I can imagine it is a heartfelt memoir of one man's relationship with Coach Brown. Yet, for all of those who never met him, instead we get a story that is missing too many pieces for it to fully satisfy our literary appetites, built upon emotions that we only get from vaugly desrcibed characters, and the main character who is confused about them. I never knew Coach Brown, and the images McCue paints of him are too tinged with personal feeling that, for 3rd person readers, are like a fingerpainting of the Mona Lisa, and fail to do it justice. This novel is basically a sketch of a much greater story that evades the descriptions that McCue uses to portray important scenes in his life.Read more ›
This book is an earnest and heartfelt tribute to the author's two biggest influences. I found myself very intrigued by it as the author goes into great detail describing the coaching styles of two very different men, and how they influenced him. I appreciated his honesty, as he is pretty frank in describing how he often clashed with his coaches or failed to understand their methods. It's also just an interesting story; as the author travels from a small, Iowa high school and attempts to become a distance running star at the uber-competitive Colorado University.
My biggest issue with the book, as others have pointed out, is that the actual details of the author's training and racing are very hazy. The races he described were also very vague. Finally, the chronology wasn't necessarily hard to follow, but the constantly accelerating timeline meant that the story never really built to anything.
Overall, I appreciated the perspective of someone who went after his dream. I thought the writing style, while not especially flashy, was efficient in telling a decade long story. This book, unfortunately, is kind of stuck between a more literary work like "Once a Runner" and a newspaper article.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book! I ran cross-country in high school and enjoy real-live stories of running. The author gives you advice on what to expect of college running compared to high... Read morePublished on February 26, 2014 by evan
This is a great book about the ups and downs of running told from a different angle. I think it surpassed Running with the Buffalos.Published on October 6, 2013 by Matthew Uebele
You learn a lot in the silence of a long run, especially about yourself. Congratulations for putting in words the special relationship between athlete and coach.Published on March 28, 2013 by ricardo a salas
I loved this book!!!
I was a great running book and really portrayed a moving coach athlete realtioship. Read more
Even if you are not a distance runner or athlete, you can enjoy "An Honorable Run" for its clear tale of mentorship and what it means to sacrifice and pursue your passion. Read morePublished on December 29, 2009 by Kevin Quinley
I bought this book at the 2009 Nike Cross Nationals after hearing Matt McCue speak at the coaches clinic. Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by The Gipper
This book is for those who look back and understand that the support system that they needed to be successful was a part of their life all the time. Read morePublished on November 14, 2009 by Clint W. Boston
This great little book by Matt McCue is a MUST READ for every runner, coach or fan of the sport. Mr. Read morePublished on November 3, 2009 by CC Coach Mike
Matt McCue has written what he thought was a tribute to the two legendary coaches who have guided him through his running career. Read morePublished on October 9, 2009 by Steve Adkisson, author of Juggernauts