Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who

Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed 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 thes ands 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 favorites 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



10 thoughts on “Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed

  1. 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 to a deft, fast paced writing style and especially great characterizations that bring unheralded high schoolers to life just as vividly as national champ


  2. 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


  3. says:

    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 Loved this exploration of coach Bob Larsen s training methods So well written,


  4. says:

    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


  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 enthusiasts but unless the reader is invested heavily in the sport, this isn t one that he or she would enjoy


  6. 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 athletes ranging from a group of misfits in southern California in the 70s to Meb Keflezghi, while also incorporating short essays on the author s experiences with running I got chills several times Feeling very lucky to have randomly encountered it on the new releases library


  7. 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 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 aro


  8. says:

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


  9. says:

    Excellent book


  10. says:

    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


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