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Life Is a Marathon

A Memoir of Love and Endurance
Narrated by: Jamie Renell
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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the worst book I have ever heard.

absolutely horrible. of no value whatsoever. pass on this book. I don't have two more words.

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It's ok if you know Matt fitzgerald.

A story about some people. no great answers or running information. life is hard. marathon is hard. there you go.

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WOW

Matt just keeps turning out one great book after another. I have read ever single book he has written except one, read them all.

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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.