My Marathon

Author: Frank Shorter
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 1623367247
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My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life is a revealing memoir by Frank Shorter, the father of American distance running. After winning the 1969 NCAA title in the 10,000-meters title during his senior year at Yale, Shorter went on to win a staggering 24 national titles on track, road, and cross country courses, but it was in the marathon that Shorter achieved his greatest fame and recognition. At the 1972 Munich Games, Shorter won the Olympic marathon finishing more than 2 minutes ahead of the second-place finisher. Four years later, he finished a controversial second in the Olympic marathon in Montreal. The controversy, still unresolved to this day, revolved around the East German "winner" being a possible drug cheat. Shorter later founded the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Written with noted sportswriter John Brant, My Marathon details these inspiring events, as well as the physical and emotional abuse Shorter suffered as a child. This inspiring memoir is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and the transformative power of sports.

Olympic Gold

Author: Frank Shorter
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN:
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The 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist, whose triumph launched the running boom in the United States, reviews the role of running in his life, his techniques and training methods, and the performance of other leading runners

Kings Of The Road

Author: Cameron Stracher
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 054777396X
Size: 30.28 MB
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Chronicles the golden age of running in the 1970s by looking at the lives, careers, and achievements of three famous runners who inspired sedentary Americans to start moving.

14 Minutes

Author: Alberto Salazar
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 1609619986
Size: 38.88 MB
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In 2007, after collapsing on a practice field at the Nike campus, champion marathoner Alberto Salazar's heart stopped beating for 14 minutes. Over the crucial moments that followed, rescuers administered CPR to feed oxygen to his brain and EMTs shocked his heart eight times with defibrillator paddles. He was clinically dead. But miraculously, Salazar was back at the Nike campus coaching his runners just nine days later. Salazar had faced death before, but he survived that and numerous other harrowing episodes thanks to his raw physical talent, maniacal training habits, and sheer will, as well as—he strongly believes—divine grace. In 14 Minutes, Salazar chronicles in spellbinding detail how a shy, skinny Cuban-American kid from the suburbs of Boston was transformed into the greatest marathon runner of his era. For the first time, he reveals his tempestuous relationship with his father, a former ally of Fidel Castro; his early running life in high school with the Greater Boston Track Club; his unhealthy obsession to train through pain; the dramatic wins in New York, Boston, and South Africa; and how surviving 14 minutes of death taught him to live again.

Endurance

Author: Rick Broadbent
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472920244
Size: 76.82 MB
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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year "A runner must run with dreams in his heart." Emil Zatopek. In the summer of 1952 Emil Zatopek became the king of the running world with an unprecedented distance treble at the Olympic Games in Helsinki. Together with his wife Dana, who won another gold medal in the javelin, they were the embodiment of sporting romance. Born on the same day, they were champions on the same day too. Yet in 1968 this affable but eccentric Czech solider was betrayed by his Communist paymasters and cast out into wilderness. Hidden from world view, monitored by the secret police and forced to live in a caravan in mining country, he became the invisible hero. 'Endurance' is the first biography to document the remarkable rise, fall and rehabilitation of a man voted the 'greatest runner of all time' by 'Runner's World' in 2013. It is also the story of a golden age of sport played out against a backdrop of Cold War politics and paranoia. From the London Olympics of 1948 to Czech concentration camps, this is an uplifting and harrowing story of survival. As Emil rises to global fame, his old coach is locked up and tortured by StB henchmen. Their diverging paths expose the fickleness of popularity and eventually cross again when Zatopek's world is torn asunder. All both men can do is endure. The running world of this era is brought to life by dramatic accounts of Zatopek's great triumphs, manifold records and a rich collection of characters vying to dethrone him. In Britain the sharp-tongued Gordon Pirie falls foul of the media as he becomes obsessed with Zatopek and adopts increasingly-masochistic methods; mild-mannered marathon champion Jim Peters begins a quest that would make "women weep and grown men lose their lunch†?. In France Alain Mimoun crawls from the bloody carnage of his war-time exploits to overcome racial snubs and become known as Zatopek's Shadow; and in the Soviet Union, the tragic figure of Vladimir Kuts is moulded into a brutal running machine at huge cost. Only Zatopek manages to bridge this East-West divide as a savage power struggle is fought in both the Olympic arena and in the corridors of power. Due to extensive access to those involved, including Dana herself, award-winning Times author Rick Broadbent has written a vivid history involving blood and guns and a love that sustained the cruellest twists of fate. From heady nights at White City to the brave resistance during the Prague Spring, this is a book that plants the son of a carpenter at the very centre of a revolution. Whether talking to his rivals on the track or Red Army troops as tanks roll into Prague, Zatopek's humanity shines through and carries all. With traces of 'Chariots of Fire' and Laura Hillenbrand's 'Unbroken', Endurance is both a wonderful love story and a landmark tale of hope and strength in the face of crushing opposition. "It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys." Emil Zatopek

Running For Peak Performance

Author: Frank Shorter
Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
ISBN: 9781405303392
Size: 53.84 MB
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Decades of medical and scientific research have proven that running is one of the healthiest - if not the healthiest - forms of exercise. Running is now a top mainstream sport, not just a competitive one. It is frequently included as part of a varied fitness plan by many people, with the focus on health and fitness to control weight levels and reduce stress. Increasing numbers of runners are joining clubs and entering races and marathons. More participants in the sport are 40-plus years, and a growing number are female. Builds the necessary skill, knowledge, and understanding to achieve anything from a 10-minute run to a full marathon, thus appealing to runners of all fitness levels and abilities. Expert practical advice and training programmes from a former Olympic Marathon Gold Medallist - a credible author who really knows the subject.

Young At Heart

Author: Frederick Lewis
Publisher: Rounder Records
ISBN: 9781579401139
Size: 39.39 MB
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A moving biography of a dynamic and charismatic athlete, who ran sixty one Boston Marathons and remains a legendary figure of perseverance and achievement in New England and throughout the running community.

Running Tide

Author: Joan Benoit
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
ISBN: 9780394554570
Size: 70.89 MB
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The 1984 Olympic marathon winner recounts the turbulent course of her sports career, discusses her training methods and racing strategy, and reveals the drive to excel--and its costs--that has propelled her to victory

Sport Is Life With The Volume Turned Up

Author: Joan Cronan
Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press
ISBN: 1621902129
Size: 52.97 MB
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In Sport Is Life with the Volume Turned Up, Joan Cronan offers a refreshing and innovative perspective on strengthening performance and achieving success in both the business world and everyday life. During her twenty-eight years as Women’s Athletics Director for the University of Tennessee, Cronan built one of the most prominent and respected women’s athletics programs in the nation, resulting in ten NCAA titles and twenty-four SEC Tournament Championships for the Lady Vols during her tenure. She reveals in her book what happened behind the scenes in constructing a successful, nationally renowned women’s athletics program—and it turns out that game days were only part of the story. Cronan’s lighthearted stories and succinct business tips will draw you in until you feel like you are present for every victory she describes on the court and in the workplace. Cronan’s business acumen and passionate approach to positive change will arm you with the outlook and the tools you need to revolutionize the professional and personal spheres in your life.

Pushing The Limits

Author: Kurt Fearnley
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0857975153
Size: 40.22 MB
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There's no one quite like Kurt Fearnley. Known as 'the guy who crawled Kokoda' and 'the wheelchair marathon man', Kurt was born without the lower part of his spine. He grew up as the shortest member of the Fearnley family, and was raised to believe he could give anything a go. This is a wild ride that takes us from the paddocks of tiny Carcoar in NSW to the gruelling Kokoda track, from the challenge - mental and physical - of marathon racing to the slippery decks of the Wild Oats XI Sydney to Hobart win. Kurts lets us in on the exhilaration of winning as well the depths of disappointment at some treatment of people with a disability. He is a passionate champion of everyone getting a fair go. Frank, engaging and highly entertaining, Kurt has an enthusiasm for life and the 'stuff it chucks at you' that is infectious and his attitude to challenges is inspriring.