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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Running to the Edge
  • Matthew Futterman
  • 03 May 2016
  • 9780385543743

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Running to the EdgeDrawing a direct line from coaching high school students to Olympic medalists and Boston Marathon winners NYT sports editor Matthew Futterman tells the story of coach Bob Larsen and his efforts to unlock the secrets of running far fast Thanks to a deft fast paced writing style and especially great characterizations that bring unheralded high schoolers to life just as vividly as national champions this is the best book on running since Christopher McDougall's Born to Run While the subject matter here is distance running be prepared to read this in a sprint Gripping the narrative is smooth and immediate almost effortless in its detail if occasionally breathless like a good fast run The New York Times Book Review Visionary American running coach Bob Larsen assembled a mismatched team of elite California runners the start of his decades long uest for championships Olympic glory and pursuit of the epic runIn the dusty hills above San Diego Bob Larsen became America's greatest running coach Starting with a ragtag group of high school cross country and track runners Larsen set out on a decades long uest to find the secret of running impossibly fast for longer distances than anyone thought possible Himself a former farm boy who fell into his track career by accident Larsen worked through coaching high school junior college and college coaxing talented runners away from traditional sports as the running craze was in its infancy in the 60's and 70's On the arid trails and windy roads of California Larsen relentlessly sought the 'secret sauce' of speed and endurance that would catapult American running onto the national stage Running to the Edge is a riveting account of Larsen's journey and his uest to discover the unorthodox training secrets that would lead American runners elite and recreational to breakthroughs never imagined New York Times Deputy Sports Editor Matthew Futterman interweaves the dramatic stories of Larsen's runners with a fascinating discourse of 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 to every runner a story of Larsen's triumphs from high school cross country meets to the founding of the cult favorite 70's running group the Jamul Toads from national championships to his long tenure as head coach at UCLA and from the secret training regimen of world champion athletes like Larsen's protg American Meb Keflezighi to victories at the New York and Boston Marathons as well as the Olympics Running to the Edge is a page turner a relentless crusade to run faster farther Loved this exploration of coach Bob Larsen's training methods So well written it reads like a novel My only uibble and it's a minor one is the author's own story interspersed throughout the book Fortunately those sections are short and don't distract much from the rest of the book which is really interesting My full review I will give it a 4 but probably a 35 for most people This book is much like a history of coaching running It goes into enough detail on training that most runners will be intrigued while non runners will be bored The cast of characters is vast and motley The truths shared about running are self assuring for me But I am a runner I am not sure this book would be appreciated by a non runner So in that way it has almost too narrow a scope unlike some other running narratives I have read This book was all over the map for me I immensely enjoyed the sections on the Toads and their young runners Had the book been just about them and coach Bob Larson it would have been a five star read But the sections where the author inserted himself were not adding to the story It’s still okay for running enthusiasts but unless the reader is invested heavily in the sport this isn’t one that he or she would enjoy weirdly IMO the subtitle is different on the book itself and in the tiny picture you can see on goodreads vs the alleged goodreads title A mystery someone else will have to investigate I guessAs to the book itself kind of an odd amalgamation of topics He intersperses brief scenes from his own career as an above average but not outstanding runner with three major storiesa the formation of the Jamul Toads team in and around San Diego in the mid 1970sb the Mammoth Lakes training group of early 00's and especially the career of Meb K with special emphasis on his NYC and Boston marathon wins and silver medal at the Athens Olympicsc insights of the coach Bob Larsen who connects the first two stories notably the value of lactate threshold training via continuous tempo runs the physiology came later it seems Larsen's work being trial and error at firstThe first was the most informative to me i was in high school then and remember reading about the Toads' doing well at national x c championship and thinking it was a funny name for a team but I didn't know the origin story blending of two rival teams or even that Bob Larsen had been the coachSecond story is extremely well known if you've been following American distance running past 20 years or so Fine but nothing new or different in this retellingThird was good and he clearly got a lot of time and cooperation from Meb and from Coach Larsen but i did have a few uibblesa unless I missed it he never once mentions Jack Daniels who also don't know if before after or simultaneously played a huge role in popularizing significance of lactate threshold trainingb again unless I missed it never mentions variants such as cruise intervals at times the writing gets breathless as though the continuous tempo along with live hightrain low altititude stints will make you as good as the best East Africans and anything else is worthlessc stylistic fault finding he clearly loves the phrase running to the edge to describe tempos repeats it remarkably often just once to have mercy on the reader maybe sprinkle in Daniels' comfortably hard descriptorFact check time 15 k is not 925 miles p 196 I'm opposed to translating metric to British units anyway as it prevents people from learning metric everyone now knows liters from being able to visualize 2 liter soda bottle not by thinking it's 105669 uarts to the liter and doing conversions but if you're going to do it to the hundredth of a mile let's be accurate Meb did not win Athens olympic marathon p 236 Maybe Athens was a fluke or even his peak He was 28 when he won there strange error since author had just recently recapped story of Meb's silver medal performance in that race can't find the page now but i remember also he said marathon is 425 km which is wrong it's 42195anyway 5 star inherent interest of the topic 2 star execution average of 35 rounded down because I'm tired and cranky this morning This book was WONDERFUL perhaps my new favorite nonfiction running book of all time It weaves the tale of Bob Larsen coach with tales of his athletes ranging from a group of misfits in southern California in the 70s to Meb Keflezghi while also incorporating short essays on the author's experiences with running I got chills several times Feeling very lucky to have randomly encountered it on the new releases library shelf the week before a marathon This was a very enjoyable book to read I like reading about running coaches and athletes back in the day This book focused on Coach Bob Larson based in San Diego and his running career and then his coaching career It was really neat to see how he recruited Meb Keflezighi for UCLA and ended up working with Coach Joe Vigil and Deena Kastor in the 2000s This book goes hand in hand with Deena Kastor's book Let Your Mind Run I have never been a fan of Nike This book sheds even light on the bad inner workings of Nike and how they treat their athletes Three times Bob Larson went to them to ask for funding for his athletes and all three times they turned him down His runners then went on to win national championships and Olympic medals without the financial backing of Nike or the amount that was a drop in the bucket for a company like Nike This book also explains how Nike treated Meb and his family and why he ended up being sponsored by Sketchers After Nike tried to screw Meb over in his contract he went on to win the Boston Marathon in 2014 and he was sponsored by Sketchers Matt Futterman also did a nice job weaving his own running stories into the book The story about the 86 year old woman who only started running around age 60 and then started completing marathons was very touching This is a great book even if you are not a runner Excellent book