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  • Hardcover
  • 304pages
  • Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed
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  • English
  • 12 December 2018
  • 0525562575

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  1. says:

    I started Running to the Edge the moment it arrived in my mailbox and couldn't put it down Futterman does an excellent job explaining his personal joys and whys of running, as an amateur runner himself You can't help but feel his enthusiasm as he trains and competes in races, vignettes that are interspersed amongst the book's main narrative

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    I was intrigued by the sample in the NY Times so I decided to purchase There are some compelling stories especially how the unknown but accomplished Jamal Toads won a National Championship along with coach Bob Larsen and his long relationship with Meb Keflezighi leading to his win in the Boston Marathon But I was totall

  3. says:

    This is the first time I have ever written an review, but I was moved to do so because I was so disappointed in this book.F

  4. says:

    WARNING! I am very biased I have been coaching young distance runners for 30 years I love the sport and it’s lore I eat this stuff up This is the story of Bob Larsen, his Toads and a life long devotion to running fast Matthew Futterman tells the story and sprinkles in tidbits related to his own adventures in the world of runners The first half of the book is set in the 1970s with the Toads and the second half is devoted to th

  5. says:

    I have never written a book review before however Running to the Edge is a truly outstanding book that really captures the mind set and distance running culture in San Diego during the 50s., 60s, and early 70s I know this because I was there in San Diego racing and competing as a Cross Country distance runner (Me

  6. says:

    Fantastic Book! The stories within the book give you a sense of the pioneer spirit of the Toads and gives you an insight into how the ‘mind over body’ is a necessity for top athletes.Highly recommended!!

  7. says:

    Efficiently dispatched overseas for a gift.

  8. says:

    I enjoyed this read and feel it was remarkably well served by a man who understands the trials and tribulations that reside on the continuum bet

  9. says:

    A running book for runners The main trail of the book is a very well told story, but also includes side tracks of running and life philosophy mixed with scientific facts Thoroughly enjoyable reading experience for those who love running or maybe want to love running.

  10. says:

    It’s not as engaging as I would have thought Could have had better suggested tricks to improve running Using various techniques.

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Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed

The story of visionary American running coach Bob Larsen's mismatched team of elite California runners who would win championships and Olympic glory in a decades long pursuit of the epic run In the dusty hills above San Diego Bob Larsen became America's greatest running coach Running to the Edge is a riveting account of Larsen's journey and his uest to discover the. This is the first time I have ever written an review but I was moved to do so because I was so disappointed in this bookFirst let me say that I think Coach Bob Larsen is a terrific coach who deserves to have his story told but to say that he devised some secret sauce or that he held some singular vision for coaching distance runners is just not correct There were lots of great coaches all over the US in the 60 s and 70 s and there were lots of great runners who were essentially self coached And while San Diego was a hotbed of talent there were also hotbeds of talent in Florida Philly Boston Oregon and elsewhereSo that s the first big criticism of this book The other big criticism could be described as death by a thousand paper cuts or in this case death by a thousand little inaccuracies that call into uestion the accuracy of the book as a whole To name just a few US distance runners most definitely did not flock to Wyoming to train in the 70 s The author implies Mark Nenow wasn t world class when he ran his American Record in the 10000 meters in 1986 In fact Nenow was ranked 1 in the world that year and his time was the third fastest in history only 7 seconds off the world record The science and benefits of altitude training were well known long before Larsen and Vigil established Running USA in Mammoth Lakes Larsen was well aware of Meb Keflezighi before he saw him run at the Drake Relays Anyone who made his living by following and recruiting the best high school track athletes to their college program would have to be Sebastian Coe did not come from an aristocratic family His father was an engineer His family was certainly comfortable but definitely not aristocratic or even especially wealthy Meb was partially sponsored by the New York Athletic Club not the New York Road Runners Deena Kastor was never sponsored by Nike She is sponsored by AsicsFinally there are the short chapters about the author himself Matthew Futterman interspersed throughout the book One has to wonder why he chose to include these anecdotes about such topics as injuring his knee and a college frat party Yes he also runs a bit and even once ualified for the Boston Marathon congratulations but the chapters don t have any connection to the rest of the story He doesn t describe putting Larsen s principles into practice in his own training or even how his training evolved over time Instead these chapters just seem like vanity pieces Yes he ran Boston once and flirted with another runner on the morning of his wedding Who caresThis could have been a great book about a coach uietly dedicated to helping others achieve Olympic medals but by trying to inflate and embellish his subject Futterman instead ironically makes it a lesser bookSkip this book and instead pick up either of Meb Keflezighi s excellent auto biographies Run To Overcome and 26 Marathons or Deena Kastor s auto biography Let Your Mind Run

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Unorthodox training secrets that would lead American runners to breakthroughs never imagined Futterman interweaves the dramatic stories of Larsen's runners with a fascinating discourse on the science behind human running as well as a personal running narrative that follows Futterman's own checkered love affair with the sport The result is a narrative that will speak. WARNING I am very biased I have been coaching young distance runners for 30 years I love the sport and it s lore I eat this stuff up This is the story of Bob Larsen his Toads and a life long devotion to running fast Matthew Futterman tells the story and sprinkles in tidbits related to his own adventures in the world of runners The first half of the book is set in the 1970s with the Toads and the second half is devoted to the journey of the incomparable Meb Keflezighi THIS IS A GREAT READ If you are reading this review then you need to BUY THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW

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To every runner a story of Larsen's triumphs from high school cross country meets to the founding of the cult favorite 's running group the Jamul Toads; from his long tenure as head coach at UCLA to the secret training regimen of world champion athletes like Larsen's protg Meb Keflezighi Running to the Edge is a page turnera relentless crusade to run faster farther. A running book for runners The main trail of the book is a very well told story but also includes side tracks of running and life philosophy mixed with scientific facts Thoroughly enjoyable reading experience for those who love running or maybe want to love running


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