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

Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed review à 3 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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Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed review à 3 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. 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 athletesHighly recommended Make your own model forts castles runners to breakthroughs never imagined Futterman interweaves the dramatic stories of Larsen's Tremors of Fury The Days of Ash and Fury #2 runners with a fascinating discourse on the science behind human How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay Inadvertently or So They Both Claimed running as well as a personal The Mage (Foxcraft, Book 3) running narrative that follows Futterman's own checkered love affair with the sport The Illustrated Workbook for Self Therapy for Your Inner Critic result is a narrative that will speak. 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 athletesHighly Earthfall recommended

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Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed review à 3 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. 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 between runners high and injury The personal connection is woven deeply into the story

  • Hardcover
  • 304pages
  • Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed
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  • English
  • 25 June 2017
  • 0525562575