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Paul Tergat: Running to the Limit: His Life and His Training Secrets, with Many Tips for Runners Paperback – April 1, 2005

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"This marvellous book is a combination of biography and training manual - and much more. Very highly recommended."

About the Author

Jurg Wirz can claim for himself that he knows Paul Tergat like no other journalist. They first met in Nairobi in 1992, where Tergat participated at the national Cross-Championships for the first time. Since then, Wirz has visited him often in his home.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Sport (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841261653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841261652
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Philip J. Taylor on May 23, 2005
This book is truly fantastic , it is well laid out and gives alot of infomation on the way Kenyans eat , sleep and train etc .. Also it has alot of infomation about the life of Paul tergat and he includes numerous numbers of hints and tips for the beginning runner and the elite but I belive the best part of this book are the illusrations . The illustrations are truly amazing nearly every page of second page there are coloured "good quality" pictures of really interesting things . This is a book that you would expect to pay well over $25 for because the printing is just done to perfection . I highly recommend this book for any one who is interested in running . It is truly the best running book I have ever come across(and I own alot of running books)

So if you want a big bang for your buck go the "Kenyan Way" and purchuse RUNNING TO THE LIMIT .
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This is part bio; part running manual and more. On November 6th, 2005 Paul Tergat won the New York Marathon over the reigning champion from South Africa, Hendrick Ramaal and it could hardly have been closer. Some friends of mine were saying, the second guy lost the race still; I thought, hmmmn, what does one say to that? But I am reading this book, chapter 5 speaks of Tergats "eternal" battles with another reknown runner, Haile Gebrsellassie, stating that Paul lost by only a nine hundredth of a second against the Ethiopian at Sydney 2000 and it certainly put that discussion in perspective.

I really, got carried off on a tangent there, but this book does discuss many details such as that; it is jammed with photos of Tergat and those usually carry his indelible smile and when I say jammed with photos I mean there must be at least a hundred on a conservative estimate. The book in some ways, is like reading a magazine article complete with photos except this article is over some 200 pages.

The book also details some of the training regimens of Kenyan runners complete with schedules and here, I believe some clarification is needed. It is indeed, learning to run the "Kenyan" style. Though, I would not consider myself a real real runner and certainly not a marathon runner which this book seems to emphasize, I can compare it though with the numerous books out there on how to run, how to prepare for a marathon, 10k, etc. and it treats the subject very well. I do not know the book "The greatest" on Gebrselassie but another track book to which is compares favorably too, is by US standout Michael Johnson "Slaying the dragon.
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I thought this book was a nice bio of Tergat with lots of nice photos. I wish there was a series with all my favorite runners! The writing is not the greatest, but it's readable and interesting. Plenty of quotes from Tergat.
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I'm an avid runner, and have been collecting a small 'library' of running books to gain some knowledge, inspiration, references from. I figured Paul Tergat was the one Kenyan who was remotely close to the 'King' Haile G. from Ethiopia in his prime, so it might have some good tidbits.

While the book was good, it was certainly aimed at a more general audience than the running nerd. None of his training logs, or even detailed biographical stuff. If you're looking for a book that caters to someone needing a general oversight to the lifestyle of Kenyan runners, this is your book. If you're looking to go deeper, look elsewhere.
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