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One Way, Uphill Only: Cross Country Dreams and the Journey to a Championship Season

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ONE WAY, UPHILL ONLY is a journey to the center of high school cross country in America. Spanning an entire year of action, the narrative follows the trials and tribulations of five young men as they try to win the first state and national cross country championships in the history of Palatine High School. Join the “Fab Five”—Marcus, Timmy J, Monkey, Peter, and Tony—as ...more
Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Breakaway Books
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Sep 17, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing
Perhaps it's because I ran for Palatine not too long before the 2011 season, and my brother was on Quick's team for four years, and I've followed the team since and still very much identify with it, but reading this was a visceral experience. Quick perfectly captures Palatine's program, high school cross country, and the culture of long distance running.

One Way, Uphill Only is saturated with Quick's love for this sport and these athletes: this isn't a how-to manual or a coaching guide, it's a b
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Jan 23, 2016 John Spiller rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of high school cross country, you will find this book to be a decent read. Beyond that very narrow target audience, I do not know whether this book will have much appeal. To use a touchstone cited by the author, this is no Running with the Buffaloes. But it is a welcome addition to a very limited number of readable books about competitive running.

Quite frankly, I almost did not make it through the first chapter, which was filled with purple prose that tilted close to self-parody
Sep 27, 2015 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Enjoyable overall. Not the greatest writing ever. Pretty cliché, but still fun to be inside an xc team. Similar to Running with the Buffaloes, but hs version. Less focused on training. From coach's perspective.
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