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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
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Amanda
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent collection of stories about runners of all types, persuasions and personalities. It took me a while to read the whole book because I was listening to it while running on the treadmill to give myself some motivation and inspiration. In that manner, the stories here have done a fabulous job in highlighting that “we don’t merely watch the elites run. We run ourselves, for all kinds of reasons. Running is often called "the people’s sport," in part because it’s such a short leap ...more
Carianne Carleo-Evangelist
It didn't take me nine months to read it. I dipped in and out of the collection between other books. It's a solid, if slightly uneven, collection of stories that have appeared in Runner's World or are about Runner's World personalities i.e. Amby Burfoot. Personally I enjoyed the "behind the scenes" pieces on the icons - Boston Billy, Tommy Leonard, Joan Benoit the most. But introductions to people like Matty Long were wonderful in their every man relatability. A good read.
Bethany
Enjoyable (if you are a runner); this anthology of articles from Runner's World is definitely pretty neat. I occasionally found myself wishing they had added a post-script to various articles to give "the rest of the story."
Shane
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many great stories, I loved the first page of Finding my stride by Benjamin Cheeverss and the whole "Good race" part.
Billy McManus
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
The great majority of works in this collection are wonderful human stories, giving insight into the meaning and fulfillment that people from a wide variety of people find in running. Among my favorites were all three of Kenny Moore's contributions, John Brant's articles about Team Hoyt and Terry Fox, Charles Butler's article about Matt Long, and Michael Perry's article about Ryan Hall. The one work that I found to be downright awful was Stephen Rodrick's account of his trip to Marathon, Greece p ...more
Koji Kawano
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dave
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Robert
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Harshan Ramadass
May 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's just me I suppose, but running is an addictive, joyful activity for me-I'd expect something similar from the writings too. Although well written, I don't want to read someone getting maimed, run over, or read about life struggles. As much as I admire about challenges of all those brave protagonists, my expectation was to read some exciting duels in the sport, or something crazy or positively uplifting.Boston 82 story was excellent , but that piece was the real oddball in an otherwise sorrow ...more
Cherie
May 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, running
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.
Andreas Michaelides
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you like running stories or stories about running then this is your book.
if you want to get inspired because you want to start running or you are already a runner but you start to have second thoughts of why are you running then this is the book for you, it will make you start running like the wind and it will reenforce you in keep running.
I loved all of the stories and I learned a lot from them.
Shari
Sep 30, 2010 rated it liked it
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?
Genea
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sharon
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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).
Michel B.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
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.
Staci S.
Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!
Masafuera
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Shuva
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of running, this is a wonderful anthology of stories about running, runners and beyond. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even if it took me a few months to read off an on. Worth passing onto a fellow runner.
Rob Rausch
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: running
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.
Kattie
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great compilation of stories from Runner's World for anyone who runs, is thinking of running, or just likes the sport.
Joshua Graning
A collection of longer Runner's World writings. Pretty good so far. Wish they would have branched out beyond their pages.
Amy
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Trish Ruhland
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
this was a great book, I need to buy it.
Olivierco
Jul 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Thirty real stories, previously published in Runner's world, mostly about competitive runners. I enjoyed the book even if I only run for fun.
Susannah
Inspirational for runners.
Jason
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Mixed back of stories - some really grabbed me, but then others were very so-so.
Kevin J.
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
The essays that were interesting, were interesting. The essays that were not, were not.
Andrea
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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