The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete

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Rodale, Oct 12, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 264 pages
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A New York City firefighter's emotional and inspiring memoir of learning to run again after a debilitating accident.

On the morning of December 22, 2005, Matt Long was cycling to work in the early morning when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of his life. Miraculously, more than 40 operations and months later, Matt was able to start his recovery. In spite of the severity of his injuries, Matt found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to process. He would no longer be able to compete at the highest level. In the 18 months before the accident, he had competed in more than 20 events including several triathlons and marathons and had qualified for running's most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon. After the accident, his doctor told him he'd be lucky if he could even walk without a cane.

The Long Run is an emotional and incredibly honest story about Matt's determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. The book chronicles Matt's road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon--a gimpy seven-and-a-half hour journey through the five boroughs. "Running saved my life," Matt says, and his embrace of the running community and insistence on competing in the marathon has inspired many, turning him into a symbol of hope and recovery for untold numbers of others.

 

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User Review  - ShouldIReadIt - LibraryThing

Matt does an excellent job detailing the operations and anxieties he went through after his horrific bicycle accident. In addition, he gives details about the athlete he was, including races he'd run ... Read full review

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User Review  - blueeyes71 - Overstock.com

I bought this book because Im a beginning runner and needed some motivation to keep me moving on my weight loss journey 55 down so far!. Matt Long is an amazing man and the book is an easy read and is well written. Id recommend it to anyone! Read full review

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Contents

THE CHASE IS ON
1
BROKEN FRAMES
11
BROOKLYN USA
20
WE CANT STOP THE BLEEDING
30
BAR NONE
41
LETTERS FROM HOME
54
CHEESEBURGER FRIES AND LONGNECKS
69
AWAKE
84
BASIC TRAINING
127
OH BROTHER
143
RIDING THE CYCLONE
155
ONE YEAR LATER
168
THE FIRST MILE
181
THE FAST BUILD
197
262 MILES TO GO
216
STARTING FRESH
230

THE MIRROR DOESNT LIE
99
SEPTEMBER 11 2001
112
EPILOGUE
240
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About the author (2010)

Matt Long is the founder of the I Will Foundation, which assists men, women, boys, and girls taking on pursuits they previously thought were beyond their reach. He lives in New York City.

Charles Butler is an editor at Runner's World and teaches journalism at Lehigh University.

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