My First 100 Marathons

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Jeffrey Horowitz didn’t expect to fall in love with marathoning, but that’s just what happened. He had never run a race, was not on his high school track team, and had never owned a pair of running shoes. Then, in 1985, he went out for a run and it changed his life. Eighteen years later he completed his one-hundredth marathon. This book is Jeff’s story, but it is also the story of everyone who loves to run. It includes his training, his injuries, his best times, his joys, his friends, his failures. In some ways, ...

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My First 100 Marathons: 2,260 Miles with an Obsessive Runner

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Overview

Jeffrey Horowitz didn’t expect to fall in love with marathoning, but that’s just what happened. He had never run a race, was not on his high school track team, and had never owned a pair of running shoes. Then, in 1985, he went out for a run and it changed his life. Eighteen years later he completed his one-hundredth marathon. This book is Jeff’s story, but it is also the story of everyone who loves to run. It includes his training, his injuries, his best times, his joys, his friends, his failures. In some ways, it’s an unusual story. How many other runners have finished 100 marathons? In other ways, it is the story of every runner who has found joy and satisfaction in a training routine, in reaching a goal, or in finishing a race.

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Attorney and freelance journalist Horowitz can brag 100 marathons, and of almost equal importance, an easy, honest, and humble writing style in his first book, which manages to teach without being intrusive. Eighteen years ago, he took up running, never having tried the sport before or even considered it when he was a student. He traces the paths taken and the transformations made by his body, psyche, and soul, and his story reveals with humility what it means to be a runner and how the culture becomes you. His tips and suggestions are insightful and palatable and are instanced by his experience.

With the lyricism and sensibility of a cinematographic poet, Robbins (sportswriter, New York Times) glides through the 26.2 miles of the 2007 New York City Marathon like an Altman or Welles tracking shot. In her montage of human spirit, we sweepingly survey the character of the landscape mile by mile, zooming in to reveal the joy and suffering behind runners' strides, then back out to establish context and associate culture and history. No artifice or schmaltz-this is poetry for runners; pulsing and energizing in its immediacy, and as raw and persistent as its subject. Welcome stylistic departures, both titles are highly recommended for public libraries, where they will inspire readers to lace up their running shoes.
—Ben Malczewski

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602393189
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/3/2008
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Horowitz is a certified running and triathlon coach and a personal trainer who has run more than 150 marathons across six continents. Formerly an attorney, he quit law with the support of his family to pursue his passion for endurance sports. Jeff now works with the Washington, DC, Triathlon; the Nation’s Triathlon; the free triathlon summer camp ACHIEVE Kids Triathlon; and Team Hope, a charity fund-raising training group that benefits the Hope Connections Center, a cancer services organization. He is also the author of Smart Marathon Training: Run Your Best Without Running Yourself Ragged.

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