Title: The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete
Authors: Matt Long, Charles Butler
Publisher: Rodale Books
Publish Date: August 16, 2011
Source: Borrowed from a friend
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "On the morning of
December 22, 2005, Matt Long was cycling to work in the early morning
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 his life.
Miraculously, more than 40 operations and months later, Matt was able to
start his recovery. In spite of the severity of his injuries, Matt
found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to
process. He would no longer be able to compete at the highest level.
the 18 months before the accident, he had competed in more than 20
events including several triathlons and marathons and had qualified for
running's most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon.
After the accident, his doctor told him he'd be lucky if he could even walk without a cane.
Long Run is an emotional and incredibly honest story about Matt's
determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense
physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. The 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—a gimpy seven-and-a-half hour journey through the five
boroughs. "Running saved my life," Matt says, and his embrace of the
running community and insistence on competing in the marathon has
inspired many, turning him into a symbol of hope and recovery for untold
numbers of others."
My Two Cents:
"The Long Run" is an
incredible story of one man who is a firefighter with the New York City
fire department. Because of the landscape of New York City, firefighting
there has to be incredibly difficult. Long is dedicated to his job and
to staying in the best physical condition that he can be in to be the
best firefighter he can be. Life often has plans for us that we do not
expect. It can be difficult but as Long's story shows, the human spirit
is something to be reckoned with and where there is a will, there is a
Long suffers a horrific bicycle accident. He doesn't think
that he's ever going to be able to fight fires again. He definitely
doesn't think that he's ever going to be able to run again. When you
hear the descriptions of his injuries in this book, you will think that
there's no way that he'd be able to walk again let alone run. First he
stands, then he walks, then he runs and he gives readers a front seat to
it all. You cannot help but to admire this man and how he is committed
to doing what seems to be impossible!
This is one of those books
about one of those people that has such an incredible amount of strength
and want to succeed that you can't help but to be inspired. This book
seems like it can't possibly be true but it is and it's one of those
stories that will stick with you for a long time! It's an incredibly
inspirational story that had me rooting for long throughout the book.
And it's a story that I will not forget!