Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed
Visionary American running coach Bob Larsen assembled a mismatched team of elite California runners . . . the start of his decades-long quest for championships, Olympic glory, and pursuit of "the ...more
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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.
As 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 stories:
(a) the formation of the Jamul Toads team in and around San Diego in the mid-1970s
(b) the Mammoth Lakes training ...more
Enter this book. I ...more
This book shines in the way many good sports memoirs shine... you are on the edge of your seat reading it (even if ...more
The author should have kept the story to Bob Larsen and the Jamul Toads. This part (of the book) was somewhat entertaining.
Can not recommend to anyone unless you are a die hard running fan.
The scene is the nascent U.S. running culture, starring Coach Bob Larsen and his crew of rag-tag running renegades. This was a time when running was simpler: when swoosh-laden, ultra-light, hyper reverse-osmosis energy efficient space-age soles with A.I. enabled moisture evaporating carbon-fiber ...more
It’s a fairly detailed account of a legendary running coach, Bob Larsen. As such, it’s a deep dive into the world of running in the 60’s and 70’s, up through to where we are now.
But it also has stories of remarkable human capabilities. The stories are inspiring, and demonstrate an individual’s capacity to push the bounds of what we consider possible. The end chapters follow Meb ...more
It's a story of an American coach who early on figures out that long, difficult tempo runs are the key to distance running success. This is in an era when most running plans are just doing a bunch of fast intervals. It didn't even sound like easy runs through the ...more
Starting with part Two I quickly became bored. The ...more
Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed by Matthew Futterman is absolutely wonderful….if you are a runner. If you are not I can see where this might be a really boring book. Happily, I am a runner and this is SO not a BORING book! As someone who grew up in the era of Bob Larsen and start of the running boom, I knew the names and races that the book discussed. In middle school track and CC I fancied myself as the next Dave Wottle, even running with an...more