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An endurance athlete and coach reveals how the marathon transforms the lives of everyone who attempts it - and how it has helped his own family cope with serious adversity.

Step after step for 26.2 miles, hundreds of thousands of people run marathons. But why - what compels people past pain, lost toenails, 5:30 a.m. start times, "The Wall"? Sportswriter Matt Fitzgerald set out to run eight marathons in eight weeks across the country to answer that question. At each race, he meets an array of runners, from first-timers, to dad-daughter teams and spouses, to people who'd been running for decades, and asks them what keeps them running. But there is another deeply personal part to Matt's journey: his own relationship to the sport - and how it helped him overcome his own struggles and cope with his wife Nataki's severe bipolar disorder. 

A combination of Matt's own How Bad Do You Want It? and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Life Is a Marathon captures the magic of those 26.2 miles. At the end of the day - and at the end of the race - the pursuit of a marathon finish line is not unlike the pursuit of happiness. You will pick up the audiobook for a powerful personal story about what running does for the people for whom it does the most. You will put it down with a greater understanding of what it means to be alive in this world.

©2019 Matt Fitzgerald (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Matt Fitzgerald reveals how perseverance and authentic love (whether it be for a partner, a sport, or anything that's close to one's heart) can transform a life into one that's worth living. Life is a Marathon is nothing short of remarkable." (Dyane Harwood, author of Birth of a New Brain: Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder)

"Life is a Marathon is a powerful inspiration for the body, mind, and heart: after reading the book, I want to run longer, better understand myself as an athlete, and most importantly, love with more patience and generosity." (Mark Lukach, author of the international best seller My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward)

"I've long admired Matt as a writer. Life is a Marathon allowed me to get to know him as a person. Thoughtful runners will appreciate this honest and insightful book." (Scott Douglas, author of Running Is My Therapy, Advanced Marathoning, and several other running books)

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Delightfully surprised

I’ve been reading books by Matt Fitzgerald, and this one didn’t fail to amaze me. As a mental health clinician and an endurance athlete, I really connected to this book. I really appreciate Matt’s vulnerability and honesty throughout his memoir. What a beautiful story and a beautiful devotion Matt has towards his running, his wife, and himself. Bravo.

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Make this a movie!

I loved the book and deeply appreciated how raw you allowed it to be. Thank you and I can’t help but think this would make a great movie!

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So true, life is a marathon

Great story and metaphor for life. Anyone who has ran a marathon can relate to this story.

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Honest, real, runner & non-runner alike can learn

I appreciate Matt Fitzgerald honesty about himself, both good & bad. I am grateful to both Matt & his wife, for being willing to openly share about there struggles with mental health. Whether you are a runner or not you can appreciate how the marathon overlaps with life itself.

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Must read for any marathoner

Matt is an amazing author and this is his best work to date. The amazing thing about his books and writing is that anything he does it top notch....whether he is writing about training, nutrition or story telling.

This book intertwines tales of his own personal journey of 8 marathons in 8 weeks, the people he meets and gut wrenching stories of the challenges faced in his marriage. More encouraging than the engaging running stories he tells are the blow by blow descriptions of how he stood by his wife’s side through her struggles and the amazing love and patience he showed through the trial.

This book has it all for a runner and is an absolute must read for anyone who has toed the line at a marathon...both those who finished and those who could not.

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Don’t listen if you have a hx of an eating disorder

The author had some interesting things to share. What I found disturbing was his obsessive physical description of everyone he encountered. Constantly deciding whether a person was fat thin or holding a few pounds. If you have a history of an eating disorder or body dysmorphia this book will trigger those thoughts.

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An inspirational runner’s read

Being a fan of books about endurance training and those that are inspiring, this was the perfect intersection of both! Gripping, inspiring, and often shocking, this book will be one I’ll return to for perspective and motivation! Thank you Nataki and Matt for sharing your story!!

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Loved it

Beautifully written. Highly recommend for runners, anyone struggling with mental health issues, or anyone who just wants to keep searching for a better version of themselves. Matt's story is beautiful, heartbreaking, and motivating all at the same time.

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deep

Matt put it all out there on this one. His most meaningful writing yet, a total eye opener of the 20 mile mark that people face on a daily basis.

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  • 07-07-20

A deeply personal account on running

Matt Fitzgerald has taken a significant deviation from his usual writing style to speak far more personally on his “why” behind running in this book. There are so many moments that evoke emotion and leaves the reader desperate to hear more. Nothing but 5 stars would come close to doing this book justice.

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  • 01-22-20

A diary of MF’s wife, poor!

Hardly relates to running, at all! It’s just a guy promoting how great his wife is... I’d say he’s had an affair and is licking ass

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  • 10-01-19

heartwarming

whilst not the running book I thought I really enjoyed the story that transpired. brilliantly written

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  • Christie
  • 02-23-21

Awesome audio book

loved listening to this audio book whilst on my long runs, definitely helped push me to keep going on the tougher runs.

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  • Iain
  • 08-12-20

Great

Well written. Honest and funny. Thanks for your honesty matt
Loved hearing the life atory

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  • Cru Jones
  • 10-11-19

Beautiful and compelling story

Just a wonderful story masterfully written. I’ve been consuming a lot of running books of late, this is my new favourite. Some sections a bit slow, but overall amazing.

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  • Joe Dannaoui
  • 06-11-19

Much to learn

Thanks Matt.

This is a great insight into Matt’s life as a runner, author, trainer and husband. Matt hasn’t steered away from the difficult parts of his life. Instead, he jumps into the ugliness of life head first and reminds us in his unique and funny way that life, much like a marathon, needs to be endured so that it can be cherished.

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  • MJ Conway
  • 06-10-19

Wow!

Personal, touching and all round awesome read. Anyone who has ever heard of or understands some of the complex topics of within the subject of mental health and how helpless it can make you feel at times should also read this. Fitzgerald bears all in this thrilling account of his difficult time with his beautiful wife and his own endurance activities and challenges at the time. Fitzgerald, a world renowned author and coach gets you to understand through this book that, life really is a marathon. Be careful though, on occasion the heart strings are tugged!!