Long Run: One Man's Attempt to Regain His Athletic Career-And His Life-by Running the New York City Marathon
Matt Long had no chance. He was cycling to the firehouse when a 20-ton bus turned, making an illegal turn, and hit him. Sucked under the chassis, he sustained injuries serious enough to necessitate 40 operations. And then the real recovery began. This veteran marathoner and brave firefighter had faced challenges before, but even he had never experienced such physical and p...more
Don't get me wrong, the story is inspiring. I read an excerpt in "Runners World" awhile ago, and I was intrigued. The novel tells the story of Matt Long, a New York firefighter, marathoner, Boston qualifier, 9/11 survivor, and triathlete. One day during the transit strike, he is riding his bike to work when he and his bike are literally run over by a chartered bus. His bike impale ...more
At first, I had a hard time getting into the book, thinking it was too graphic and the writing too simple. When I went back to reading it, I discovered that the simplicity was what made it inspiring and eas ...more
One thing Long's doctors did to save his life was a colostomy, essentially re-routing his colon to dispose of waste through an opening in his abdomen. Long speaks repeatedly about how his colostomy holds him back and makes his quality of life poor. He makes it seem like he can't do anythin ...more
I thought the story spent too much ti ...more
He knows that he is over confident and doesn’t shy away from it in “The Long Run.” That is a crucial point because he hits the skids with depression after ...more
A review I read before starting this ...more
Reading about his surgeries and physical challenges was grueling, but it made me feel extremely lucky to have the able body I have, however limit ...more
This was a very good story. Matt Long was a firefighter in NYC who was at 9/11, who has represented the city for the FDNY. He was an unstoppable athlete - running marathons and completi ...more
I saw some other reviews where the readers thought Long was arrogant and a bit of a braggart, so I found myself evaluating him for that as I read. Now that I've finished the book, I wonder if it was more about runners vs. non-runners reading the book. Runners think differently. I can't quite explain the intricacies of it, but I know that something special happens once you become a runner. It's not just a physical ...more
Matt Long, from childhood on, wanted something, figured out how it could be done, and did it.
Determination. He had it and needed it when he was fighting for his life.
I read some reviews that Matt is conceited or cocky, but I didn't really see that.
I just saw someone who got things done.