On the morning of December 22, 2005, New York City firefighter Matt Long was cycling to work 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 death. Miraculously, after five months in the hospital and more than 40 operations, Matt was able to start his recovery.
In addition to his physical injuries, Matt found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to process. In the 18 months before the accident, he had competed in more than 20 premier athletic events and had qualified for running's most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon. After the accident, one doctor told him he'd be lucky if he could even walk without a cane.
The Long Run is the emotional and incredibly honest story of Matt's determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. It 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.
©2010 Matthew Long (P)2010 Random House Audio
Great book, inpowerment and motivational. Show how small are our regular problems and how we can achieve greatness if we really want and chase, focus and dedicate ourselves to achieve it.
Truly inspirational. If you didn't feel like you had to go and achieve something after listening to this well then you are not normal. Feeling all the POSI vibes from Matthew. ++
Matthew set himself a goal and no matter what he found a way to achieve it. Living the true YOLO lifestyle
Loved the audio so much if it was in print I would have read the book through the night! Well put together and inspiring.
Matt Long and all his family and buddies!
Rough sexy voice!
Lots of insights, importance of family and friends! Reminds me how much I love running! Most interesting part for me as a South African woman living in Maputo it was so interesting learning re NY! Only thing missing was - did he meet girl of his dreams yet?
Just love books.
The narration was good, the story incredible!
I like the fact that Mathew Long didn't cover the fact that at times he had a bad attitude about the situation he found himself in but he eventually found his way. We are not all positive thinkers all of the time as the experts like to tell us to be.
I cried at the marathon. What an achievement.
Excellent book and so inspiring. So great to listen to while out for a bike ride or a run.
Yes, the blackest points in his life and how he managed to crawl back up and keep trying.
This book is very inspiring.
I know of his family and have spent time with his father, This book kept me wanting to listen and run more. I enjoyed the narrators take on his accent and found it endearing. His story is truelly awe inspiring. The ups and downs paint a great picture.
The book was emotional at times, but it doesn't stick to a low point for any length of time.
Great read for anyone who likes to be inspired, who needs to be reminded of how blessed they are. Would be good for a younger person too.
This is an incredible story about the power of the human spirit and our ability to overcome all obstacles
This book made me want to run and run and run as hard as I can
Yes - I loved the way the story unfolds of past and present stories
Nothing - He sounded just like a guy from NYC
Listen to this even if you have no interest in running
Pushed beyond all reasonable limits this man survived and thrived when others would have quit.
Matt because of the strength he showed. Yes he had his self-pity moments, but who wouldn't in his situation.
He's an athlete with a character of fun!
The injuries he sustained and survived! Oh my gosh!!!
When someone is feeling weak, share this book.
Yes, great encouragement for those long roads in front you. I personally found the story extremely engrossing. Very enjoyable story with real characters, brought to life with in a way that grips you.
This one of those books you could truly sit and listen to in one go. For Matt to survive his horrific accident was one thing, both physically and mentally, but to then go on and compete in those events is remarkable. This story helps you from sweating the small stuff and to go out there and achieve whatever you want to, in any walk of life.
I loved this book . I've just started running and entering triathlons and this book gave me the inspiration to push myself and my goals. Matt has overcome some huge obstacles, his grit and determination is an ax ample to everyone attempting a new challenge. Full of love, supportive family, failures and incredible indurance it'll give you the jolt to get you across any finish line !
i really cannot express just how fantastic i found this book; what an incredible story. i have to say listening to the journey matthew long endured not only amazed me but also encouraged my to continue persuing my exercise schedule; on a cold rainy night i would listen to the long run whilst jogging the streets of manchester and it made my runs almost fun!!
i enjoyed the long run so much i have bought a paperback copy for two relatives for christmas and hope they will find it as inspirational as me!
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