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The Long Run: One Man's Attempt to Regain his Athletic Career-and His Life - by Running the New York City Marathon | [Matthew Long, Charles Butler]

The Long Run: One Man's Attempt to Regain his Athletic Career-and His Life - by Running the New York City Marathon

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. This book 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.
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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

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    Debra San Jose, CA, United States 02-26-12
    Debra San Jose, CA, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "You don't have to be a runner to read this. . ."
    If you could sum up The Long Run in three words, what would they be?

    Courage. Endurance. Encouragement.


    What other book might you compare The Long Run to and why?

    Wow. I don't think anything else comes close.


    What about Matthew Del Negro’s performance did you like?

    His transparency. His honesty.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed. I cried. I cringed. I sat silent, at times.


    Any additional comments?

    I tackled some tough stuff in my life after listening to this book.I love Matt's motto. . .No longer will I wish. . .No longer will I want. . .from now on. . .I will.

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    Steven Redding, CA, United States 10-29-11
    Steven Redding, CA, United States 10-29-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Purely Amazing"

    This book was at times heart wrenching, hilarious, and sad. It kept me entertained the entire time and I recommend this book to anyone interested in a amazing story.

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    James R. Folker Mt. Pleasant, IA 10-20-11
    James R. Folker Mt. Pleasant, IA 10-20-11 Member Since 2006

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    "Very motivational"

    Bought this book for a friend who had a car accident and became a quadriplegic in June. He wanted to hear people's stories who had overcome great obstacles. This book is such as story. I listened to it, and was so motivated I began working out and running. I'm still going strong several weeks later, and I've now picked through all of Audible's fitness bios. Even if you aren't interested in fitness, it's a great read.

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    Simon Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 04-09-11
    Simon Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 04-09-11
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    "It'll make you cringe at times (in a good way)"

    When the author details what he went through - the accident, the surgeries, and so on - your gut will clench up and you'll audibly gasp. Very much enjoyed this book. Well balanced and the use of a New Yorker to narrate worked very well, you can really hear Matt Long's own voice come through narrator Del Negro.

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    Shawn Lindon, UT, United States 04-30-11
    Shawn Lindon, UT, United States 04-30-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Long book."

    This would make a great short story. I should have skipped the unabridged on this one. Interesting guy. Inspiring what he went through. Just WAY too much detail.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marty CORTLANDT MANOR, NY, United States 02-19-12
    Marty CORTLANDT MANOR, NY, United States 02-19-12 Member Since 2011

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    Would you try another book from Matthew Long and Charles Butler and/or Matthew Del Negro?

    I was excited about this book and would never wish harm on anybody never mind the horror that happened to this guy but come on. How self congratulating and politically biased can you be. I found myself getting so angry at this guy that I couldnt look past his good points. I hated this book


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    Lisa 02-11-12
    Lisa 02-11-12
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    "Political puke!"

    Barely an hour into this, I feel bad for Matt until he continues his political puke blaming. He should be blaming the powerful oil and gas companies that have our government using our taxes for road (for cars, buses and trucks), instead of having invested it our public transportation system (which FYI is not subsidised like our roads for the car, gas and oil companies - by virtue of us, the tax payers, paying for)!

    I paid for a book about recovery from an accident, not another way for this chum to make more money spewing complete garbage!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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