[EPUB] ✰ Running to the Edge By Matthew Futterman – Peakpopa.info

Running to the Edge weirdly IMO , the subtitle is different on the book itself and in the tiny picture you can see on goodreads vs the alleged goodreads title A mystery someone else will have to investigate I guess.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 group of early 00 s, and especially the career of Meb K with special emphasis on his NYC and Boston marathon wins and silver medal at the Athens Olympics c insights of the coach, Bob Larsen, who connects the first two stories notably the value of lactate threshold training via continuous tempo runs the physiology came later it seems, Larsen s work being trial and error at first.The first was the most informative to me i was in high school then and remember reading about the Toads doing well at national x c championship and thinking it was a funny name for a team, but I didn t know the origin story blending of two rival teams or even that Bob Larsen had been the coach.Second story is extremely well known if you ve been following American distance running past 20 years or so Fine, but nothing new or different in this retelling.Third was good, and he clearly got a lot of time and cooperation from Meb and from Coach Larsen, but i did have a few quibbles a unless I missed it, he never once mentions Jack Daniels, who also don t know if before, after, or simultaneously played a huge role in popularizing significance of lactate threshold training b again unless I missed it, never mentions variants such as cruise intervals at times the writing gets breathless, as though the continuous tempo along with live high train low altititude stints will make you as good as the best East Africans, and anything else is worthless c stylistic fault finding he clearly loves the phrase running to the edge to describe tempos repeats it remarkably often just once, to have mercy on the reader, maybe sprinkle in Daniels comfortably hard descriptor Fact check time 15 k is not 9.25 miles p 196 I m opposed to translating metric to British units anyway, as it prevents people from learning metric everyone now knows liters from being able to visualize 2 liter soda bottle not by thinking it s 1.05669 quarts to the liter and doing conversions , but if you re going to do it to the hundredth of a mile let s be accurate Meb did not win Athens olympic marathon p 236 Maybe Athens was a fluke, or even his peak He was 28 when he won there strange error since author had just recently recapped story of Meb s silver medal performance in that race can t find the page now, but i remember also he said marathon is 42.5 km, which is wrong it s 42.195anyway, 5 star inherent interest of the topic, 2 star execution, average of 3.5, rounded down because I m tired and cranky this morning. These days, I feel like someone who used to be a runner My current outings are huff and puff fests, even the easy ones, and I haven t had a decent race since late 2016 So are you still running people ask me, and I wonder if I look that bad now While I know that running s health benefits have little to do with whether I look like a runner or am my version of fast, leanness and speed are nice side effects, and seeing them disappear, and not knowing why, has been tough.Enter this book I wasn t sure at first it would be the right book for this moment It starts with a view of Meb Keflezighi s silver medal run in the 2004 Olympic Marathon from the perspective of his coach, Bob Larsen Though I hadn t heard Larsen s angle on this race before, I ve heard enough other accounts of it, including Meb s own in his most recent book, that I wondered why I needed to read about it again And, Meb s well known story aside, maybe I ve just read so many running books and cast many others aside without finishing them that at this point the language of running inspiration strikes me as tired Futterman does indulge in cliches at times throughout this book A run can be solace or celebration sigh and, at one cringe worthy point, a reference to Meb being the man who could make America fast again But it turns out the Bob Larsen angle is what I needed Once past the 2004 Olympic preface, I found myself caught up in Futterman s enthusiastic story of Larsen s early years as a coach when he assembled a motley group of unknowns and turned them into national cross country champs, a team called the Jamul Toads As I read about their hard work and their underdog scrappiness, I found my enthusiasm for running rekindling itself I m getting older, have a lot going on in my non running life, and let s face it was never really fast But I don t have to be a past tense runner That s the best lesson from Meb s career as well Many times everyone but Larsen and Meb himself gave up on Meb The doubters were wrong every time.Futterman states his organizing theme late in the book After the thrilling ascendance of youth, life and running become a series of episodes, of ups and downs, falls and rises Really, all that matters is what we do next I, like Bob Larsen, believe in rising. Gripping The Narrative Is Smooth And Immediate, Almost Effortless In Its Detail, If Occasionally Breathless, Like A Good Fast Run The New York Times Book Review 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 Epic Run In The Dusty Hills Above San Diego, Bob Larsen Became America S Greatest Running Coach Starting With A Ragtag Group Of High School Cross Country And Track Runners, Larsen Set Out On A Decades Long Quest To Find The Secret Of Running Impossibly Fast, For Longer Distances Than Anyone Thought Possible Himself A Former Farm Boy Who Fell Into His Track Career By Accident, Larsen Worked Through Coaching High School, Junior College, And College, Coaxing Talented Runners Away From Traditional Sports As The Running Craze Was In Its Infancy In The S And S On The Arid Trails And Windy Roads Of California, Larsen Relentlessly Sought The Secret Sauce Of Speed And Endurance That Would Catapult American Running Onto The National Stage Running To The Edge Is A Riveting Account Of Larsen S Journey, And His Quest To Discover The Unorthodox Training Secrets That Would Lead American Runners Elite And Recreational To Breakthroughs Never Imagined New York Times Deputy Sports Editor Matthew Futterman Interweaves The Dramatic Stories Of Larsen S Runners With A Fascinating Discourse Of The Science Behind Human Running, As Well As A Personal Running Narrative That Follows Futterman S Own Checkered Love Affair With The Sport The Result Is A Narrative That Will Speak To Every Runner, A Story Of Larsen S Triumphs From High School Cross Country Meets To The Founding Of The Cult Favorite S Running Group, The Jamul Toads, From National Championships To His Long Tenure As Head Coach At UCLA, And From The Secret Training Regimen Of World Champion Athletes Like Larsen S Prot G , American Meb Keflezighi, To Victories At The New York And Boston Marathons As Well As The Olympics Running To The Edge Is A Page Turner A Relentless Crusade To Run Faster, Farther This book was all over the map for me I immensely enjoyed the sections on the Toads and their young runners Had the book been just about them and coach Bob Larson, it would have been a five star read But the sections where the author inserted himself were not adding to the story It s still okay for running enthusiasts but unless the reader is invested heavily in the sport, this isn t one that he or she would enjoy. A great read for current or past me runners Sadly I didn t follow nor was even really aware of Bob Larsen the undaunted coach who believed American distance running could be improved through better training techniques First Larsen finds a middle ground between two different traditions of training long 100 mile weeks with little intensity or track work to avoid injury and, in contrast, lots and mean lots of track work like 30 400s at a times As in the title, Larsen moves his runners off the track and pushes them to run to the edge, lots of miles but many of them spent right below race pace And it works as his make shift team, The TOADS, crush the much better known and funded teams such as Nike Also, very interesting to see Larsen push back on the genetic argument to explain the Kenyan and Ethiopian domination in long distance events Larsen helped the running community understand the importance of training at altitude and training much harder to match the East Africans Yet one can t, and which isn t highlighted in Futterman s book, that Larsen s top American runner, Meb Keflezighi, was an immigrant fromEast Africa. This was a frustrating read for me The book had the potential for greatness Futterman examines what it takes to be a great distance runner, why American distance runners were successful in the 1970 s, declined to a nadir by the early 2000 s, and are now enjoying a renaissance He uses running coach Bob Larsen as the starting point for his narrative arc The problem is that Futterman basically rehashes a bunch of material from other running books, sort of like a mixtape There s bits and pieces from books by Deena Kastor, Meb Kehflezighi, Frank Shorter, Phil Knight, etc The narrative doesn t really cohere Futterman spends significant time discussing some obscure distance runners from the San Diego area in the 1970 s and then midway through, those guys are dropped and the book becomes a digested version of the Meb biography Bob Larsen becomes almost a supporting character in a book that is ostensibly about him Interspersed throughout the book are Futterman s personal running vignettes, which were not interesting and shared no commonality with the larger narrative of the book Futterman s third party omniscient you are there narrative set my teeth on edge If you are looking for a good running book of recent vintage, check out Deena Kastor s Let Your Mind Run. This is a great book even if you are not a runner Excellent book I will give it a 4, but probably a 3.5 for most people This book is much like a history of coaching running It goes into enough detail on training that most runners will be intrigued while non runners will be bored The cast of characters is vast and motley 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. Loved this exploration of coach Bob Larsen s training methods So well written, it reads like a novel My only quibble and it s a minor one is the author s own story interspersed throughout the book Fortunately, those sections are short and don t distract much from the rest of the book, which is really interesting My full review

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