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A New York City firefighters emotional and inspiring memoir of learning to run again after a debilitating accident, based on the wildly popular March 2009 piece in Runners World.

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 runnings most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon.

After the accident, his doctor told him hed be lucky if he could even walk without a cane.

The Long Run is an emotional and incredibly honest story about Matts determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. The book chronicles Matts 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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"When Long, a New York City firefighter with East Harlem's Ladder Company 43, was crushed by a bus while riding his bike to work one winter's day, he was transformed from a man who ran marathons to a man who might never walk again. Having recently completed the 2005 New York City Marathon, in just over three hours, Long was training for Boston. 'Each day I was up and out, sometimes early, sometimes late, but always looking for something new to do. And one more finish line to cross.' After the accident, and a prognosis he didn't want to hear (a slim margin for survival; likely paralysis), Long endured 40 operations and spent five months in the hospital, never taking his mind off the finish line at the end of the 2008 NYC Marathon. Completing the marathon after his recovery at 42 years of age was a major accomplishment, and it motivated him to begin speaking publicly, and to create the 'I Will' foundation to help people recover from traumatic life-altering illnesses or injuries. Like Long himself, his memoir is full of the heartfelt can-do attitude sure to appeal to the Iron Man in everyone.
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

On the morning of December 22, 2005, 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.

Synopsis:

A New York City firefighters emotional and inspiring memoir of learning to run again after a debilitating accident, based on the wildly popular March 2009 piece in Runners World.

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 runnings most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon.

After the accident, his doctor told him hed be lucky if he could even walk without a cane.

The Long Run is an emotional and incredibly honest story about Matts determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. The book chronicles Matts 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.

 

About the Author

Matt Long is the founder of the I Will Foundation, which helps men, women, boys, and girls to pursue goals they previously thought were beyond their reach. He lives in New York City.

Charles Butler is an editor at Runners World. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Fortune, and Inside Sports. He lives in Emmaus, PA.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781605292465
Author:
Long, Matt
Publisher:
Rodale Press
Author:
Butler, Charlie
Author:
Butler, Charles
Subject:
Running & Jogging
Subject:
Inspiration & Personal Growth
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Inspiration
Subject:
Personal growth
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page black and white photo insert
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Medical
Biography » Sports
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Running » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Running » Marathon

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When Long, a New York City firefighter with East Harlem's Ladder Company 43, was crushed by a bus while riding his bike to work one winter's day, he was transformed from a man who ran marathons to a man who might never walk again. Having recently completed the 2005 New York City Marathon, in just over three hours, Long was training for Boston. 'Each day I was up and out, sometimes early, sometimes late, but always looking for something new to do. And one more finish line to cross.' After the accident, and a prognosis he didn't want to hear (a slim margin for survival; likely paralysis), Long endured 40 operations and spent five months in the hospital, never taking his mind off the finish line at the end of the 2008 NYC Marathon. Completing the marathon after his recovery at 42 years of age was a major accomplishment, and it motivated him to begin speaking publicly, and to create the 'I Will' foundation to help people recover from traumatic life-altering illnesses or injuries. Like Long himself, his memoir is full of the heartfelt can-do attitude sure to appeal to the Iron Man in everyone.
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , On the morning of December 22, 2005, 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
A New York City firefighters emotional and inspiring memoir of learning to run again after a debilitating accident, based on the wildly popular March 2009 piece in Runners World.

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 runnings most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon.

After the accident, his doctor told him hed be lucky if he could even walk without a cane.

The Long Run is an emotional and incredibly honest story about Matts determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. The book chronicles Matts 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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