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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 uest for championships Olympic glory and pursuit of the epic runIn the dusty hills above San Diego Bob Larsen became America's greatest running coach Starting with a ragtag Running to PDFEPUB or group of high school cross country and track runners Larsen set out on a decades long uest to find the secret of running impossibly fast for longer distances than anyone thought possible Himself a former farm boy who fel. 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 r

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Running to the Edge

Unners 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 protg 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 is a great book even if you are not a runner

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L 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 uest 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 r. I will give it a 4 but probably a 35 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


10 thoughts on “Running to the Edge

  1. says:

    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 fr

  2. says:

    Drawing a direct line from coaching high school students to Olympic medalists and Boston Marathon winners NYT sports editor Matthew Futterman tells the story of coach Bob Larsen and his efforts to unlock the secrets of running far fast Thanks t

  3. says:

    Loved this exploration of coach Bob Larsen's training methods So well written it reads like a novel My only uibble and it's a minor one is the author's own story interspersed throughout the book Fortunately those sections

  4. says:

    I will give it a 4 but probably a 35 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 characte

  5. says:

    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 en

  6. says:

    weirdly IMO the subtitle is different on the book itself and in the tiny picture you can see on goodreads vs the alleged goodreads tit

  7. says:

    This book was WONDERFUL perhaps my new favorite nonfiction running book of all time It weaves the tale of Bob Larsen coach with tales of his ath

  8. says:

    This was a very enjoyable book to read I like reading about running coaches and athletes back in the day This book focused on Coach Bob Larson based in San Diego and his running career and then his coaching career It was really neat to see how he recruited Meb Keflezighi for UCLA and ended up working with Coach Joe Vigil and Deen

  9. says:

    This is a great book even if you are not a runner

  10. says:

    Excellent book