the long run


This is a compelling read. I saw the author, Matt Long, on the Daily Show (ds2 records it). He was talking about his comeback from a horrific accident. I placed a hold on the book at my local library and waited….for a long time. Eventually it arrived, I picked it up Saturday morning, and by Sunday morning I had finished it.

He’s a New York City firefighter who was ultra fit, running marathons and completing triathlons and even an Ironman. Then one day, during a transit strike, he was cycling to a workout to meet some friends when a bus, hired privately to get some people to their place of work, turned right, right in front of him. He smashed into the side of the bus and ended up pinned underneath. He and the bike were basically joined!

The exact details of his injuries are not for the squeamish, but the story of how he survived, healed and gradually became well enough to attempt another marathon is inspiring. His marathon time, pre-accident, was about three hours. Post-accident, more like seven hours. And he also completed a second Ironman, this time in almost 17 hours, and with minimal running training because it hurt too much.

Two thumbs up!

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