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Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside With Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, And The University Of Colorado Men's Cross Country Team Paperback – April 1, 2011
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Running with the Buffaloes, is, at once, a celebration of a sport and an inspiration to anyone who has ever had the courage to beat the odds and follow a dream.
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One thing that you learn from this book is that runners are athletes in every sense of the word, more so than successful athletes in many other sports. Lear is a gifted writer, making what many consider a boring,dry sport seem fascinating and, in most cases downright exciting. Although Lear was a schoolboy running sensation himself, that does not come out in his writing. Although he runs and keeps up with these college phenoms, he never brags about his own career or performance, barely mentioning his running past. Although this is a running book, the myriad of behind the scenes plots and personal relationships could be happening in any book, and there is enough action and plot twists to fill a good work of fiction. Believe it or not, this book will make you cheer, laugh and even cry as Lear describes the individual and team succeses and failures. His character development is probably his strongest talent, and based on my experinece , most successful runners are colorful characters. I had real trouble putting this book down, and like any good story, the ending leaves you smiling and feeling inspired. Needless to say, I recommend this book highly. Add a start (that would make 6) if you are a passionate runner yourself.
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The books flows and is based on the diary extracts of the key protagonists.
Mr Lear does well to capture this, and the camaraderie instilled by the University of Colorado Men’s Cross-Country team, with whom the author spends a season, is inspiring, and at particular eventful points, deeply moving.
Behind the unrelenting energy, I did not find the book to be particularly well written, and the efforts made to track the progress of many of the athletes in the team, as opposed to focusing upon only a select few, led to this reader easily losing his mental foothold of the characters involved.
In a bid to capture the essence of what it means to be a competitive distance runner, the text does not surpass the achievements of 1978 classic 'Once a Runner', which adorns the olive wreath of this reviewer's book shelf.
All the being stated, the text is undoubtedly a recommended read for all endurance athletes, and for those who have competed for university athletic teams in a previous life, a pleasant period of nostalgia awaits as you watch a group of young men trying their damndest to be as good as they can be.
The book is a diary account of the Buffaloes' cross country season. This is intrinsically interesting to runners such as myself, but a prosaic writing style ensures it soon feels repetitive. It is not a terrible book, however, and I aim to read it to completion some time in the future. It may well be that the latter stages of the book are more enjoyable.
Other running books I have had greater luck with are "Born to Run," and "Feet in the Clouds."