Going Long: Legends, Oddballs, Comebacks & Adventures
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For more than 40 years, Runner’s World magazine has been the world’s leading authority on running—bringing its readers the latest running advice and some of the most compelling sports narratives ever told. From inspirational stories such as "A Second Life"(the story of Matt Long, the FDNY firefighter who learned to run again after a critical injury) to analytical essays su...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Rodale Books
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Celeste
I bought this book on my Kindle because I like to read about running, especially when I train for races.

This book is a collection of articles from Runner's World, and that's basically the best way to describe it. The articles are written by different writers, but they are similar in style. This is both good and bad. It's bad in that they are edited into mediocrity, and it's good because when you jump from story to story it's not as jarring. Several of the articles were really good, and a few wer...more
Heather
Jan 08, 2012 Heather is currently reading it
this may take a while to go through - only because I plan to read a story a day.
Koji Kawano
Going Long is a compilation of short but inspirational stories from Runner’s World Magazine about exceptional runners. Not all of them are distinguished or decorated runners. There are stories about everyday runners who have never placed in a race, whether it is an Olympics or local 5K run. But all 34 stories have motivational pull that every runner or wanna-be-runner will be benefited from reading. If I have to pick my favorites, they are Life and Limb by Bruce Barcott and Leading Men by Kenny...more
Robert
A great collection of articles from the magazine Runners World. If you enjoy running, or just enjoy good writing about people doing crazy things, I can't recommend it enough.

But if you're considering being a runner -- if you're wondering what running is like -- you should probably read something else. These are some pretty unusual and extreme cases. People winning the Boston Marathon (kids! don't try this at home!), people losing limbs and coming close to death. Triumph, tragedy, and more sore m...more
Dave
This was so close to amazing, but it contained a few stories that just didn't do it for me. The rest were amazing. It made me want to run and some days even got me out the door. I'd like to read stories like this to inspire me everyday. I highly recommend this to runners. I had a particular connection to some of the stories about the Boston Marathon and the Olympic trials and the Prefontaine Classic. I knew running had touched me, but it was neat to find out that I'd touched running in some of t...more
Aj
wonderful collection of short stories that combines fantastic writing with a compelling topic - the training for and the completion of the run. there were few in here that did not captivate my spirit and motivation. I felt particularly inspired by those featuring women runners and runners overcoming great obstacles. a good reminder that the biggest obstacle to overcome in running lies between our ears. my heart particularly warmed to two stories set in familiar locales: Westchester County, NY an...more
Johanna
There were a few "meh" stories, but enough ones I loved to compensate. Sort of
Cherie
C- I'm not sure why I even bothered to get this out from the library. We all know Runner's World articles are BORING. Maybe 1/5 of them are okay. This book is full of boring, tediously written articles, most of which I've read already (and remember, since most were in the very recent years). I skimmed, skipped a bunch of articles. Yawn. Go out on a run and if you can't, take a nap. It's better than reading this book.
Sharon
Uneven collection of content previously available on Runner's World.
The better stories are worth the full purchase price of this book for non-subscribers to RW.
I just skimmed the bad ones, and so, have not actually "finished" the book.
Some stories eventually became full length biographies, like the NYC firefighter. But it's worth noting not many good runners are good writers (cough).
Shari
A great gift idea for any runner. Gave this to my FIL for Father's Day, read it when he lent it to my husband to read. I wish there were more "funny" articles but that is just what I am drawn too. Lots of inspiring stuff. A little on the life consuming side (which is something I do not support) but what do you expect from people who have won the Boston marathon?
Michel B.
A compendium of the 'best stories' published in Runner's World magazine. Some stories, I'd read/heard many I hadn't. NOT A GOOD BOOK IF you've been a runner for 20 years and have read Runner's World Magazine since that time... you'll probably have read all those stories. But if you're new to running and/or haven't read that magazine, then it's quite good.
Genea
If you're a runner, this book has plenty of interesting and inspirational stories—though there are a few that may just fall under strange.

I've been reading Runner's World for several years and I'm glad that some of my favourites made it to this book. It's good to know that I can go back and reread some of them whenever I feel like it.
Masafuera
Three stars because: previously published content, also bad writing in the later half of the book.

I have to admit to tearing up at some of the earlier stories, though. Very inspiring. Just not a "good" book in my eyes because of the uneven quality.
Staci S.
I love this book. Can't put it down. All of the stories are great, and I love that I can choose whichever type of article suits my mood. Perhaps I want an adventure story, or the story of an inspirational runner. Excellent book!
Hal Boyd
Had read several of the chapters online before, some were inspirational and some were informative. I guess I'm looking for stories of the ordinary person doing something extraordinary.
Andrea
This is a great collection of stories about famous and not so famous runners. It was very motivating, and I learned a lot about big names in running.
Rob Rausch
Stories were uneven, but mostly good. My primary problem is that most were only from the past few years of Runners World, and already very familiar to me.
Amy
Lots of inspiring short stories around running. Since they were short stories it was easy to have a gap from when I picked up the book to read it again.
Olivierco
Thirty real stories, previously published in Runner's world, mostly about competitive runners. I enjoyed the book even if I only run for fun.
Joshua Graning
Feb 04, 2011 Joshua Graning is currently reading it
A collection of longer Runner's World writings. Pretty good so far. Wish they would have branched out beyond their pages.
Kattie
This is a great compilation of stories from Runner's World for anyone who runs, is thinking of running, or just likes the sport.
Sarah
There were a few really interesting stories in this collection, but overall it was just okay.
Craig Walker
It could have been half as long. It got pretty boring a lot of the time. Tough one to get through.
Kevin J.
The essays that were interesting, were interesting. The essays that were not, were not.
Jason
Feb 14, 2012 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Mixed back of stories - some really grabbed me, but then others were very so-so.
Eric
VERY good collection of running essays and stories here. Solid, inspirational stuff!
Cindy
Wonderfully entertaining and inspirational stories. Didn't want it to end!
Trish Ruhland
this was a great book, I need to buy it.
Kursfürstenstraße
Great and inspiring stories, very interesting.
Wendy
It was okay, but not great.
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