Sunday, December 09, 2012
This morning I finished "The Long Run" by Matt Long with Charles Butler (2010). The subtitle is "A New York City Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete." Long was a marathoner and Ironman when he was literally run over by a bus in late December 2005. This book, which builds on a feature article, "A Second Life," in "Runners World" in March 2009, follows his physical and emotional journey from survival to battling through pain and depression to his decision to run the NCY Marathon again, and later an Ironman competition. The book goes back and forth between his personal history, his close ties to the FDNY, friends, and large family, and his personal path to recapturing his identity as an athlete, and a survivor.
This is inspiring and thought-provoking. Long is candid in his descriptions of his accident and his varying physical and emotional states. The flashback technique allows the reader to build a three-dimensional picture of Long as a person and to invest in his story. I bought the book as my personal reward after finishing my last half-marathon, and it will be motivational material for my current training for my next one, and for my longer-term efforts to attain and maintain health and fitness (physical, emotional, spiritual). Highly recommended.
Here is the link to the book if you are interested (currently a bargain book from Amazon!) -- www.amazon.com/The-Long-
And a link with a photo of the cover: www.barnesandnoble.com/w