Life Is a Marathon: A Memoir of Love and Endurance

Life Is a Marathon: A Memoir of Love and Endurance

by Matt Fitzgerald


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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 am start times, The Wall? Sports writer 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 book 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738284774
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 326,386
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Matt Fitzgerald is an endurance sports writer, nutritionist, and author of more than twenty books. He is a coach and spokesperson for PEAR Sports and former senior editor at Triathlete and Competitor. Fitzgerald has contributed to Men's Health, Outside, Runner's World, Shape, and other publications. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Nataki.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Head Case 1

Chapter 2 We're On to Cincinnati (Modesto Marathon) 9

Chapter 3 Blind Date 25

Chapter 4 The Finish Line Fix (Dust Bowl Marathon) 39

Chapter 5 My World or Yours? 55

Chapter 6 We're All in this Together (Rockin' K Trail Marathon) 67

Chapter 7 Unfinished Business 83

Chapter 8 Love is Sacrifice (Runners Marathon of Reston) 97

Chapter 9 Hitting the Wall 115

Chapter 10 To Measure Up (Boston Marathon) 133

Chapter 11 No End in Sight 157

Chapter 12 Me Time (Glass City Marathon) 179

Chapter 13 Monkeys on My Back 199

Chapter 14 Mind, Body, World (Jailbreak Marathon) 219

Chapter 15 Conquering Hard 235

Chapter 16 Pursuit of Happiness (Eugene Marathon) 261

Acknowledgments 277

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