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Juggernauts: The Making of a Runner & a Team in the First American Running Boom Paperback – November 28, 2008
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A perfect example of Steve's emotionally packed but fully accurate description of what a high school cross country runner experiences goes like this: "This is what being an endurance athlete is all about. Pushing, testing, expanding the limit of our own bodies. Finding what might have been impossible six months ago is doable today. By gradually pushing back the barriers, which are mostly in our minds, we are able to perform better than we could previously. The human body adapts to the stress put on it, and each time the mind learns that something better is possible. Like the natural competiveness of thoroughbred horses, the entire group pushes each other towards achievements virtually impossible to achieve alone." (pg. 137)
I would recommend this book to any person who has ever loved the sport of cross country and their fellow teammates, and especially to any current high school cross country runner. Juggernauts the story of high school cross country at its finest!
The Juggernauts are a high school cross country team in Northern Kentucky. Steve Adkisson "finds" the sport by accident while he attempting to get in shape for basketball. He takes us on a journey full of heartache and joy through his 4 seasons as a high school runner. It is set against the backdrop of the first "running boom". Their heroes were named Shorter and Prefontaine.
Mr. Adkisson has captured the heart and soul of the runner. His descriptions of the workouts and races are reminiscent of John L. Parker's best work in "Once A Runner" and "Again to Carthage". Cross Country runners LOVE their sport in a way that is indescribable to the non-runner. My runners frequently use the word "family" when describing what cross country means to them. Mr. Adkisson has captured that feeling of family that cross country runners share. This is a GREAT read for both runner and non-runner! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Adkisson did not set himself apart from his team, truthfully recounting both his successes and failures. It would have been nice to see more perspective from the vantage of a now-middle-aged author to his younger self.
In all, an accurate and entertaining account of a cross country champion. The writing dogs down occasionally in extra detail but the story is presented in a very competent fashion. Already purchased a second copy and given it to one of the kids on the team.
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A fun, lighter side book that everyone should read.
He ran for the joy of running even 17 miler to go camping.
Wonderful memoir about sports and small town Kentucky in the early '70's.Published 12 months ago by John E. Hancock
Awesome book. If you ran high school cross country you will love it.Published 14 months ago by David S. Brown
An amazingly interesting and funny account of cross country in the 1970s, the best of three good books on the subject I have recently read: 1 Juggernauts, 2 God at the Starting... Read morePublished on July 26, 2014 by Kindle Customer
This is a good book for a high school, college, or any age of athlete that loves the sport of running.Published on July 31, 2013 by Tyler
I gave this as a gift to my nephew who is a runner, he has enjoyed it greatley. He carries it in his back pack to share with his team!Published on January 14, 2013 by pitty pat
A Runner's World editor first told me about Juggernauts. Since I am a runner, he thought it'd be right up my alley. Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by Matthew Mccue
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