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  1. says:

    I started Running to the Edge the moment it arrived in my mailbox and couldn't put it down Futterman does an excellent job explaining his personal joys and whys of running as an amateur runner himself You can't help but feel his enthusiasm as he trains and competes in races vignettes that are interspersed amongst the book's main narrative I knew nothing about the subject of the book Coach Bob Larsen until I started reading but what a worthy subject he is Coach Larsen was driven by his own personal uest to get faster something every runner craves and he eschewed accepted training methods popular at the time to test out his theories on an otherwise unlikely band of runners the misfits in the subtitle Ultimately he climbs to the highest levels of the sport as coach of the UCLA and Olympic long distance running teams I don't want to give away those keys he unlocks because Futterman does an excellent job of taking you along on Coach Larsen's journey as well as getting inside the heads of many of the runners he trained over the decades I felt like I was pounding the pavement right along with them and it made me want to lace up my running shoes and head out I recommend this book to any runner casual or competitive who is looking for a great read along with the insight and motivation it offers


  2. says:

    I was intrigued by the sample in the NY Times so I decided to purchase There are some compelling stories especially how the unknown but accomplished Jamal Toads won a National Championship along with coach Bob Larsen and his long relationship with Meb Keflezighi leading to his win in the Boston Marathon But I was totally disappointed with the author Matthew Futterman's personal excursions I felt this his own tales of his personal battles and triumphs with long distance running added little Besides how could I trust anything he wrote about himself when he described Larchmont NY located on LI Sound not far from the Bronx as a Seacoast Town Really The book reads easily and highlights the almost unnoticed contributions to the sport by Bob Larsen Futterman's attempt to explain the science of high altitude training were valiant but in my opinion did not do justice to the complex physiology


  3. says:

    WARNING I am very biased I have been coaching young distance runners for 30 years I love the sport and it’s lore I eat this stuff up This is the story of Bob Larsen his Toads and a life long devotion to running fast Matthew Futterman tells the story and sprinkles in tidbits related to his own adventures in the world of runners The first half of the book is set in the 1970s with the Toads and the second half is devoted to the journey of the incomparable Meb Keflezighi THIS IS A GREAT READ If you are reading this review then you need to BUY THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW


  4. says:

    This is the first time I have ever written an review but I was moved to do so because I was so disappointed in this bookFirst let me say that I think Coach Bob Larsen is a terrific coach who deserves to have his story told but to say that he devised some secret sauce or that he held some singular vision for coaching distance runners is just not correct There were lots of great coaches all over the US in the 60’s and 70’s and there were lots of great runners who were essentially self coached And while San Diego was a hotbed of talent there were also hotbeds of talent in Florida Philly Boston Oregon and elsewhereSo that’s the first big criticism of this book The other big criticism could be described as “death by a thousand paper cuts” or in this case death by a thousand little inaccuracies that call into uestion the accuracy of the book as a whole To name just a few US distance runners most definitely did not flock to Wyoming to train in the 70’s The author implies Mark Nenow wasn’t world class when he ran his American Record in the 10000 meters in 1986 In fact Nenow was ranked #1 in the world that year and his time was the third fastest in history only 7 seconds off the world record The science and benefits of altitude training were well known long before Larsen and Vigil established Running USA in Mammoth Lakes Larsen was well aware of Meb Keflezighi before he saw him run at the Drake Relays Anyone who made his living by following and recruiting the best high school track athletes to their college program would have to be Sebastian Coe did not come from an “aristocratic” family His father was an engineer His family was certainly comfortable but definitely not aristocratic or even especially wealthy Meb was partially sponsored by the New York Athletic Club not the New York Road Runners Deena Kastor was never sponsored by Nike She is sponsored by AsicsFinally there are the short chapters about the author himself Matthew Futterman interspersed throughout the book One has to wonder why he chose to include these anecdotes about such topics as injuring his knee and a college frat party Yes he also runs a bit and even once ualified for the Boston Marathon congratulations but the chapters don’t have any connection to the rest of the story He doesn’t describe putting Larsen’s principles into practice in his own training or even how his training evolved over time Instead these chapters just seem like vanity pieces Yes he ran Boston once and flirted with another runner on the morning of his wedding Who cares?This could have been a great book about a coach uietly dedicated to helping others achieve Olympic medals but by trying to inflate and embellish his subject Futterman instead ironically makes it a lesser bookSkip this book and instead pick up either of Meb Keflezighi’s excellent auto biographies Run To Overcome and 26 Marathons or Deena Kastor’s auto biography Let Your Mind Run


  5. says:

    I have never written a book review before however Running to the Edge is a truly outstanding book that really captures the mind set and distance running culture in San Diego during the 50s 60s and early 70s I know this because I was there in San Diego racing and competing as a Cross Country distance runner Mesa College State Championship 1964; SDSU NCAA College Div National Champions 1966 and 67 I knew of or ran raced and trained with many of the runners mentioned in the first part of the book I also aran the Balboa 8 mile many times 16th in 1966 now in it's 65th year and the oldest run in San Diego San Diego was a place where many great runners grew up and raced If you want to get a real feeling for what distance running during this time period was like when only serious distance runners wore running shoes when there were no finish T shirts no finisher medals only place medals to the top 10 20 finishers this is the book get A great read that you won't be able to put down


  6. says:

    Fantastic Book The stories within the book give you a sense of the pioneer spirit of the Toads and gives you an insight into how the ‘mind over body’ is a necessity for top athletesHighly recommended


  7. says:

    Efficiently dispatched overseas for a gift


  8. says:

    I enjoyed this read and feel it was remarkably well served by a man who understands the trials and tribulations that reside on the continuum between runners high and injury The personal connection is woven deeply into the story


  9. says:

    A running book for runners The main trail of the book is a very well told story but also includes side tracks of running and life philosophy mixed with scientific facts Thoroughly enjoyable reading experience for those who love running or maybe want to love running


  10. says:

    It’s not as engaging as I would have thought Could have had better suggested tricks to improve running Using various techniues


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The story of visionary American running coach Bob Larsen's mismatched team of elite California runners who would win championships and Olympic glory in a decades long pursuit of the epic run In the dusty hills above San Diego Bob Larsen became America's greatest running coach Running to the Edge is a riveting account of Larsen's journey and his uest to discover the I was intrigued by the sample in the NY Times so I decided to purchase There are some compelling stories especially how the unknown but accomplished Jamal Toads won a National Championship along with coach Bob Larsen and his long relationship with Meb Keflezighi leading to his win in the Boston Marathon But I was totally disappointed with the author Matthew Futterman's personal excursions I felt this his own tales of his personal battles and triumphs with long distance running added little Besides how could I trust anything he wrote about himself when he described Larchmont NY located on LI Sound not far from the Bronx as a Seacoast Town Really The book reads easily and highlights the almost unnoticed contributions to the sport by Bob Larsen Futterman's attempt to explain the science of high altitude training were valiant but in my opinion did not do justice to the complex physiology Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide uest to discover the I was intrigued by the sample in the NY Times so I decided to purchase There are some compelling stories especially how the The White Nights of Ramadan unknown but accomplished Jamal Toads won a National Championship along with coach Bob Larsen and his long relationship with Meb Keflezighi leading to his win in the Boston Marathon But I was totally disappointed with the author Matthew Futterman's personal excursions I felt this his own tales of his personal battles and triumphs with long distance running added little Besides how could I trust anything he wrote about himself when he described Larchmont NY located on LI Sound not far from the Bronx as a Seacoast Town Really The book reads easily and highlights the almost Beyond the Pale unnoticed contributions to the sport by Bob Larsen Futterman's attempt to explain the science of high altitude training were valiant but in my opinion did not do justice to the complex physiology

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To every runner a story of Larsen's triumphs from high school cross country meets to the founding of the cult favorite 70's running group the Jamul Toads; from his long tenure as head coach at UCLA to the secret training regimen of world champion athletes like Larsen's protg Meb Keflezighi Running to the Edge is a page turnera relentless crusade to run faster farth A running book for runners The main trail of the book is a very well told story but also includes side tracks of running and life philosophy mixed with scientific facts Thoroughly enjoyable reading experience for those who love running or maybe want to love running

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Unorthodox training secrets that would lead American runners to breakthroughs never imagined Futterman interweaves the dramatic stories of Larsen's runners with a fascinating discourse on 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 Fantastic Book The stories within the book give you a sense of the pioneer spirit of the Toads and gives you an insight into how the ‘mind over body’ is a necessity for top athletesHighly recommended