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

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

by Chris Lear

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Top five Best Books About Running, Runner's World Magazine Top three Best Books About Running, readers of Runner's World Magazine (December 2009) In RUNNING WITH THE BUFFALOES, writer Chris Lear follows the University of Colorado cross-country team through an unforgettable NCAA season. Allowed unparalleled access to team practices, private moments, and the mind of Mark Wetmore--one of the country's most renowned and controversial coaches--Lear provides a riveting look inside the triumphs and heartaches of a perennial national contender and the men who will stop at nothing to achieve excellence. The Buffaloes' 1998 season held great promise, with Olympic hopeful Adam Goucher poised for his first-ever NCAA cross-country title, and the University of Colorado shooting for its first-ever national team title. But in the rigorous world of top-level collegiate sports, blind misfortune can sabotage the dreams of individuals and teams alike. In a season plagued by injury and the tragic loss of a teammate, the Buffaloes were tested as never before. What these men managed to achieve in the face of such adversity is the stuff of legend and glory.With passion and suspense, Lear captures the lives of these young men and offers a glimpse of what drives a gifted runner like Adam Goucher and a great coach like Mark Wetmore. Like Lance Armstrong's It's Not About the Bike, RUNNING WITH THE BUFFALOES is at once a glowing celebration of a sport and an inspiration to anyone who has ever had the courage to beat the odds and follow a dream.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762773985
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 65,366
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

The 1998 U of C Cross Country Teamxv
94 Days to Lawrence5
Like Ten Pounds of Shit in a Five-Pound Bag9
The Unspoken Agreement12
The Day of Truth19
Fuck This Shit23
The Plan24
Monster Island29
Rest ... Finally35
Short Specificity36
You Need the Melon39
Res Severa Verum Gaudia40
The Right Stuff41
Time to Work42
So Many Gouchers44
St. Crispin's Day45
Oh, Goucher!49
Seasonal Affective Disorder51
The Tank53
The Miracle Doctor54
The Arapahoe Invitational58
Vengeance Is a Very Useful Tool60
It's My Last One, Bitch!72
Flagstaff Again75
More Trouble77
Strength Kills78
Ponce Has His Day80
Money in the Bank87
The Dam89
They All Want to Be You96
Forty. Four Zero. Forty102
Step It Up105
Edge City Blues107
We Believe in Our Fitness108
Death March113
Without Limits117
Unleash the Lions123
Welcome, Captains Reese and Burroughs131
It's in God's Hands134
Biding Time137
A Day of Rest--for Some144
Black Monday148
A Struggle to Understand150
Impressions from Afar157
Tornado Coming--PFB'S!161
Into the Sun167
Slattery, I Think You're Full of Shit170
No Doubt About It171
Welcome to Anaerobia174
Changing of the Guard176
Who Is Friedberg?177
One More Victim180
Let It Rain183
How Good Are We?188
Remember, We're Buffaloes189
The 1998 Big 12 Cross Country Championship192
Back to Work196
Master Blaster197
Skeleton Dreams200
Another Casualty205
Punchdrunk Fighters208
Call to Arms211
Edge City Is a Scary Place213
I'm No Wildlife Expert214
Earning Their Shot216
Fired Up!!221
Anyone Like Duck?226
The Hay's in the Barn230
Time Crawling233
Lawrence, Here We Come235
A Push From Above237
The 1998 Men's NCAA Cross Country Championship239
The Show Is Over252

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Running With the Buffaloes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
antihero on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A real page-turner, this book was fun, sad, heart-warming, and very interesting. It follows the day-to-day trials and training of the team, giving just the right amount of detail. Lear's descriptions gave the season a lot more body then a simple training schedule or calendar would. An easy read. Recommended.
csayban on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book chronicles a season with the University of Colorado Men's Cross Country team and their pursuit of the NCAA National Championship. While the events of this book are now nearly ten years ago, the story is still very compelling. Author Chris Lear spent the entire season with the team, including coach Mark Wetmore and All-American Adam Goucher. It is a fascinating read that delves into the personal dynamics of a team made up of individual performances and how the team comes together during the worst kind of adversity during their season. One of the truly enlightening things from a runner's perspective is just how close to the physical edge runners at this level live and train - constantly walking a tightrope between doing everything they can to reach their maximum potential without incurring a season-ending injury. The frustration of poor runs and the exuberance of breakthrough performances exist in the same race. It is a seldom-seen look inside a very tight knit group that doesn't let outsiders in. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in competitive running or sports in general.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is one that all runners should read sometime in their life...the courage these runners endure is shown through this wonderful understand WHY the Buffs EARNED the title that year!