Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men's Cross-Country Team

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At the outset, the 1998 cross country season appeared to hold magnificent promise for the men of the University of Colorado. With 2000 Olympic hopeful Adam Goucher poised for his first-ever NCAA cross country title and the Buffaloes shooting for their first-ever ...

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Overview

Top five Best Books About Running, Runner's World Magazine

Top three Best Books About Running, readers of Runner's World Magazine
(December 2009)

At the outset, the 1998 cross country season appeared to hold magnificent promise for the men of the University of Colorado. With 2000 Olympic hopeful Adam Goucher poised for his first-ever NCAA cross country title and the Buffaloes shooting for their first-ever national team title, it seemed that nothing could stand in the way of their victory. But in the rigorous world of top-level collegiate sports, blind misfortune can sabotage the dreams of individuals and teams alike. Plagued by the onset of numerous injuries and the tragic loss of a beloved teammate, the Buffaloes found themselves challenged in ways they could not have foreseen. What they managed to achieve in the face of such adversity is the stuff of legend and glory.

In Running with the Buffaloes, writer Chris Lear follows the University of Colorado cross country team during one unforgettable NCAA season. Through unparalleled access to team practices, private moments with the athletes, and the beliefs and teachings of Mark Wetmore - one of the country's most renowned and enigmatic coaches - Lear provides an unprecedented look a the triumphs and heartaches of a perennial national championship contender and the men who will stop at nothing in their quest for excellence. He captures the lives of these young men and offers a glimpse of what drives a gifted runner like Goucher and an iconoclastic coach like Wetmore.
Running with the Buffaloes, is, at once, a celebration of a sport and an inspiration to anyone who has ever had the courage to beat the odds and follow a dream.

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“Lear's tale of the 1998 Colorado cross country season is part tragedy, part biography and part training window to one of the country's best programs. It deserves its cult-classic status and is worthy of another read every few years.”  —Running Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762773985
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 148,327
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRIS LEAR attended the Pingry School in Martinsville, New Jersey. A gifted runner, he capped his senior season with a 4:09 mile at the Golden West Invitational. The time made him New Jersey's fastest high-school miler of the 1990s. He graduated from Princeton University in 1996, where he earned All-Ivy, All-East, and All-America honors, and was a two-time cross-country captain. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

The 1998 U of C Cross Country Team xv
Introduction 1
94 Days to Lawrence 5
Like Ten Pounds of Shit in a Five-Pound Bag 9
The Unspoken Agreement 12
The Day of Truth 19
Fuck This Shit 23
The Plan 24
Monster Island 29
Rest ... Finally 35
Short Specificity 36
You Need the Melon 39
Res Severa Verum Gaudia 40
The Right Stuff 41
Time to Work 42
So Many Gouchers 44
St. Crispin's Day 45
Bluebirds 48
Oh, Goucher! 49
Seasonal Affective Disorder 51
The Tank 53
The Miracle Doctor 54
AT 56
The Arapahoe Invitational 58
Vengeance Is a Very Useful Tool 60
Casualties 64
It's My Last One, Bitch! 72
Flagstaff Again 75
More Trouble 77
Strength Kills 78
Ponce Has His Day 80
Money in the Bank 87
The Dam 89
Recovery 92
They All Want to Be You 96
Forty. Four Zero. Forty 102
Step It Up 105
Edge City Blues 107
We Believe in Our Fitness 108
Bluebirds 112
Death March 113
Milers 115
Without Limits 117
Percolation 118
Shakeout 120
Unleash the Lions 123
Mags 129
Welcome, Captains Reese and Burroughs 131
It's in God's Hands 134
Biding Time 137
A Day of Rest--for Some 144
Black Monday 148
A Struggle to Understand 150
Progress 155
Impressions from Afar 157
Memories 160
Tornado Coming--PFB'S! 161
Into the Sun 167
Slattery, I Think You're Full of Shit 170
No Doubt About It 171
Welcome to Anaerobia 174
Changing of the Guard 176
Who Is Friedberg? 177
One More Victim 180
Musings 181
Let It Rain 183
How Good Are We? 188
Remember, We're Buffaloes 189
The 1998 Big 12 Cross Country Championship 192
Back to Work 196
Master Blaster 197
Skeleton Dreams 200
Down 202
Another Casualty 205
Punchdrunk Fighters 208
Call to Arms 211
Edge City Is a Scary Place 213
I'm No Wildlife Expert 214
Earning Their Shot 216
Fired Up!! 221
Anyone Like Duck? 226
Priorities 229
The Hay's in the Barn 230
Time Crawling 233
Lawrence, Here We Come 235
A Push From Above 237
The 1998 Men's NCAA Cross Country Championship 239
The Show Is Over 252
Epilogue 255
Postscript 258
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Running with the Buffaloes is one of the best books I have ever

    Running with the Buffaloes is one of the best books I have ever read.  Not only is it interesting to see what goes on inside a college cross country team, but also everything they have to deal with such as going to class and dealing with other problems with their team.  I really enjoyed how this book showed how the team was overcome their struggles and come together as a team to make their season into a success.  I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2008

    excellent

    one of the best running books not only inspirational but it has a good story and is informative reccomend to all, not just for runners inspirational for life in general to see what the 1998 colorado xc team had to endure emotionally and physically

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    Running with the Buffaloes

    The book I read is called Running with the Buffaloes. It is about the 1998 Colorado University¿s cross country team. Chris Lear¿s purpose in writing this book was to show the triumphs and letdowns a team faces in a season and in a lifetime. The story shows a lot about life in general. He also wrote this book to show how great the program at Colorado is and how hard they work. The intended audience is probably any runners who are young but this book can be read by anyone who likes running or is interested in it. Chris Lear tells the story himself as he lives and sees the team go through its ups and downs as the season continues. I feel that it is important for him to tell the story because he is always around, and he always knows what is going on in the lives of the runners. He is always recording what is going on and what is in their lives. The book shows triumph and defeat that occur in the season that a team may encounter. It relates to real life because we have triumphs and defeats in our daily life. It is really the real world so it relates a lot. The author successfully writes this book and gets his point across. A book comparable to this one might include Sub 4:00 which is written by Chris Lear also. It is about the quest for the perfect mile. I would recommend this book to any teenager because it shows the hardships of life and how to deal with them. The coach in the book says, ¿Running is like getting up and shooting yourself in the morning¿ '233'. I agree with this quote. Once you get up and actually run it feels great, and it wakes you up in the morning. I think it shows life in the reality of it. I loved the ending even though it didn¿t end how I expected it to. It was very heart felt and strong minded. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 because of the very interesting storyline and teaches you a lot. It shows a lot about life and I could not stop reading it. In conclusion, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes running and anyone who wants to learn about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2008

    astounding

    beast of a book its improved my running so much i feel like i owe the author my respect and everyone involved in this book my undivided thanks in creating such a materpiece

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2006

    Excellent!

    This is a great read for all passionate runners and those who wish to be inspired! After being in a running 'rut' for a few weeks, this book reminded me of why I love to run, and what it can do for your body, your soul and your attitude on life. I've started having better workouts and truly ENJOYING it like I used to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2003

    Training with the Buffs!

    This story is one that all runners should read sometime in their life...the courage these runners endure is shown through this wonderful book...you understand WHY the Buffs EARNED the title that year!

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