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

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

by Matthew Long, Charles Butler, Matthew Del Negro
     
 

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

Overview

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.

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Library Journal
A natural extrovert from a huge Irish family in Queens, NY, first-time author Long played ball, worked as a fireman, and owned several bars in New York City before triathlon became an integral part of how he enjoyed life to the fullest. Then he was struck by a 20-ton bus. Keen descriptions of the formerly happy-go-lucky alpha male's heartbreak and grief will deeply touch listeners, who will celebrate Long's eventual return to endurance sports—managed through persistence and massive courage—following years of rehabilitation. This moving memoir eschews the low-hanging fruit of a slick, "inspirational" treatment; instead, it is a refreshingly frank and authentic account especially well voiced by actor Matthew Del Negro, whose gruff delivery nicely channels Long's indefatigable grit and determination. Highly recommended.—Douglas C. Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Middletown

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307877482
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

MATT LONG is a 17-year veteran of the FDNY and a New York City bar and restaurant owner. A finisher of multiple marathons and two Ironmans, he gives motivational talks to athletes and corporate executives. Since 2008, Long has been a spokesperson for the New York Blood Center. His foundation, I Will, provides training and funding to athletes recovering from traumatic injuries.

CHARLES BUTLER is an editor at Runner’s World whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, SmartMoney, and Fortune, among other publications. Butler teaches journalism at Lehigh University.

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