Two Hours [Pdf Kindle ePUB] by Ed Caesar

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E seen as impossible for the human body But now we can glimpse the mountaintop The sub two hour marathon will reuire an exceptional combination of speed mental strength and endurance The pioneer will have to endure live braver plan better and be luckier than anyone who has run before So who will it beIn this spellbinding book journalist Ed Caesar takes us into the world of elite marathoners some of the greatest runners on earth Through the stories of these rich characters like Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai around whom the narrative is built Caesar traces the hi. While not exactly what I d expected Ed Caesar has done a remarkable job of cohesively stringing together information that he s gathered over much time spent with elite Kenyan primarily there is also some exposure to Ethiopian elites as well runners he has given generously of his time resources skills and goodwill to make these interviews and fact finding missions possible In return he has been provided unprecedented access to international races athletes their coaches and their culture to share an update with readers in layman s terms on the uest to get closer to a mythical marathon finish time Although he interviews and writes about several other elite level distance runners and gives a succinct history and breakdown of the marathon as a distance race the primary focus of this book is Geoffrey Mutai Caesar formed a special bond with the athlete during his research for this book and Mutai was very open with him about his background his culture the secrets of training in Kenya his goals and dreams for the future It s an inspiring and powerful story and I m grateful to the author for having shared this If you ve read a lot of other literature related to Kenyan running for example Running with the Kenyans this may not be news to you since I have not I was very interested to hear about the background of some of these athletes and their lives outside the racing scene Having just finished watching the NYC Marathon last weekend it was pretty fun to read about it s impact on the international racing world as one of the World Marathon Majors in this book Normally international elite runners are simply names on a bib especially those from Kenya since they seem to stay away from the press it was interesting to have a little story to go along with some of the faces Caesar also explores the subject of drug use and recognizes the efforts of shoe companies to work with athletes toward this two hour goal what company wouldn t want to have their sponsored athlete hit this markThe ending is a little abrupt than I prefer but overall I was impressed with his debut effort In addition I must draw attention to Caesar s notes at the back of the book there is some fantastic information that was worth going through but I wish I d done it while reading the book instead of after I d finished I would recommend this to anyone who appreciates or is interested in the sport of distance running runner or not definitely worth the read

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Two Hours

Just published to extraordinary acclaim in Britain as “ Hoop Dreams for runners” The Spectator and “a celebration of the human spirit” The Observer Two Hours is the first book from a blazing new talent who “has established himself as perhaps the best new long form magazine writer since the arrival of John Jeremiah Sullivan” The Guardian and whose “reportage has the wonderfully old fashioned feel of the very best of American journalism” The Sunday Times Two hours to cover twenty six miles and 385 yards It is running’s Everest a feat onc. Mutai is a Kenyan a Kalenjin and a Kipsigis He was born in the village of Euator which sits at nearly 9000 feet in the lush highlands at the western escarpment of the Rift Valley and as its name suggests at the belt line of the world He is a husband a father a son a grandson a nephew a cousin a coach a businessman and a potentate He is a rich man who grew up without shoes A retelling of the marathon from its roots of origin to how it exists today You will read of the history of how it has found its way to cities like Boston New York and London He has put before the reader facts true lives he accounts on and one great runner he expounds on right from his youth to his most recent achievements The author successful puts in the readers mind a story behind the face the winner the elite athlete Geoffrey Mutai his life his struggle and the whole human drama and journey the marathon incorporatesThe telling the facts read well and the author handles them with style and presents to the read a work that is insightful easy reading and a joy to read at the same timeThis tale would appeal to the athlete the casual jogger and to the reader that is just curious of what the marathon is aboutExcerpts Why does it matter whether the sub two hour marathon is possible And if it is possible what will it mean when the first 15959 marathon is run At one level the achievement will signify nothing To complete 26 miles and 385 yards in less than two hours using only one s God given gifts would be of course an exceptional feat of speed mental strength and endurance But the marathon length is a scruffy figure only fixed by the Olympic Committee in 1921 to match the course of the 1908 London Olympic marathon which was itself designed to accommodate the peculiar viewing demands of the British royal family Why should we care if some extraordinary person can run this arbitrary distance in just over or just under two hours For curious reasons we do care and it does matter Twenty six miles and 385 yards is not just a distance It has become a metaphor Nobody finds the marathon easy even professionals especially professionals The distance is democratic that way Everyone who runs a marathon is running against his or her limits Everyone is forced to manage a certain amount of pain and to recruit hidden reserves Whatever one s talent or preparation nobody runs an easy marathon Geoffrey Mutai s prayer at the startline is not to win the race but to finish it On the other side of the coin the marathon is also a race that is possible for almost anyone with enough patience and willpower to complete The distance is democratic that way too For this reason it has become an event against which hordes of everyday people fat people thin people people crooked by time and people sprightly as foals rich people and people in need test themselves I m running against cancer I m running for my dad I m running for a personal best As Chris Brasher cofounder of the London Marathon once said the race has become the great suburban Everest Now in the popular imagination the marathon is not primarily a test of athletic talent but a test of character The race has become a carnival of men and women some in outrageous costumes each attempting to overcome a personal hurdle for the public good or a public hurdle for a personal good A British man named Lloyd Scott is perhaps the most extreme of these charitable masochists Among other stunts he has completed both the New York and London marathons in an antiuated deep sea diving suit weighing 130 pounds and has raised nearly 5 million for charity in the past decade When he received the MBE Member of the British Empire honor from the ueen for his fund raising feats he said that it should stand for Mad Bonkers and Eccentric In these final moments of stillness however Mutai banished impure thoughts and the crowding conflicted voices He attempted to focus Psychologists talk about a Zen like state of instinctual action in which the greatest sporting performances are attained They call it Flow The French cyclist Jean Bobet described a similar but distinct experience called La Volupt which is delicate intimate and ephemeral It arrives it takes hold of you sweeps you up and then leaves you again It is for you alone It is a combination of speed and ease force and grace It is pure happiness Mutai has his own term the Spirit The way he understood it the brutality of his training regime 125 fierce miles a week was endured to attain this sensation Thousands of hours of suffering for these minutes of sweetness speed and ease force and grace The harder you train he would say the you get the Spirit It gains on you So far in his career the Spirit had allowed Mutai the courage to remake the sport of marathon running and to destroy previous conceptions of what was possible to lose his own fear and implant it in the hearts of his competitors In Boston Mutai picked as never before On the cold morning of April 18 2011 with a breeze at his back he beat his countryman Moses Mosop in a thrilling race and finished in a time of 20302 a course record by nearly three minutes and almost one minute faster than Haile Gebreselassie s world record of 20359 Mosop finished four seconds behind Mutai in 20306 These were absurd freakish times Despite its length the professional marathon is a sport of tiny margins a few seconds here a few seconds there Nobody in the modern era had broken a course record at a major marathon by nearly three minutes before Mutai Looking on the American marathon great Bill Rodgers who was himself a four time winner of the Boston Marathon thought the clocks were broken It was something incredible said Rodgers I ran with a tailwind in Boston one day and I ran 20955 He ran than six minutes faster The clocks were working However Mutai s run would not stand as an official world record It is one of many bizarre uirks of the sport of professional road running that despite being the oldest continuously contested marathon in the world Boston does not count for world record purposes It was not a brick wall On May 6 1954 despite dire prognostications from armchair pundits some of whom believed a human would die if he attempted to run a mile in under four minutes a junior doctor named Roger Bannister ran 3594 for the mile at the Iffley Road running track in Oxford England The world of athletics moved on fast Six weeks after Bannister made history Landy himself obliterated the new world record running 358 dead In the years that followed sub four minute miles became commonplace among elite athletes In 2011 the fifth American high school boy broke the barrier The four minute mile was only unbreakable until one man broke it Apr s moi said Bannister le d luge Review also at 2readcomreviewtwo hours by ed caesar

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Story of the marathon as well as the science physiology and psychology involved in running so fast for so long And he shows us why this most democratic of races retains its brutal enthralling appeal and why we are drawn to test ourselves to the limit Two Hours is a book about a beautiful sport few people understand It takes us from big money races in the United States and Europe to remote villages in Kenya It’s about talent heroism and refusing to accept defeat It is a book about running that is about much than running It is a human drama like no othe. For all the nerdy runners out there this book is for you For all the non nerdy runners out there I do not think you d like this book This book mostly follows the running career of Geoffrey Mutai an elite Kenyan runner who set the fastest world marathon time at the Boston marathon in 2011 20302 but also dives into the history of the marathon sports science behind the distance and records and even addresses doping and steroid use Very interesting read


10 thoughts on “Two Hours

  1. says:

    We are hardwired to discover new ways to challenge ourselves To run a 26 miles and 365 yards of a marathon in under two hours it would be necessary to run at an average pace of 4 hours 34 seconds per mile This book sets out to explore the likelihood of this happening and if it were to happen what the key levers would be that would enable this achievement OK so maybe it’s one for running aficionados But lots of people do run

  2. says:

    It's good journalism and storytelling Being perfectly honest I don't know how much interest this book will hold for non runners but I found it fascinating There are four main themes there the history of marathon running the assault on the ti

  3. says:

    “Mutai is a Kenyan a Kalenjin and a Kipsigis He was born in the village of Euator which sits at nearly 9000 feet in the lush highlands at the western escarpment of the Rift Valley and as its name suggests at the belt line of the world He is a husband a father a son a grandson a nephew a cousin a coach a businessman and

  4. says:

    While not exactly what I'd expect

  5. says:

    The fly on the wall insider account is a hallmark of sports literature and when the subjects are open and engaging and on field happenings dramatic and captivating think A Season on the Brink and recently Collision Low Crossers these books can be some of the best of genre Long distance running spectator unfriendly than most other non Curling

  6. says:

    I read this on recommendation of my marathon man husband I really enjoyed it because it does not only speak to running as a science and hobby but also telling the personal and inspiring stories of running heroes who grew up in the mountains of Kenya and ended up breaking world records and making significant breakthroughs I enjoyed the history of marathons and how it has become signature events in cities not only for professional runners bu

  7. says:

    This came out a year prior to the announcement of Nike's Breaking2 project which I found funny as Adidas is mentioned consistently throughout the book Some interesting stuff about training but ultimately just jumps around too much and could have been cut down

  8. says:

    For all the nerdy runners out there this book is for you For all the non nerdy runners out there I do not think you’d like this book 😝This book mostly follows the running career of Geoffrey Mutai an elite Kenyan runner who set the fastest world marathon time at the Boston marathon in 2011 20302 but also dives into

  9. says:

    A history of the marathon that lobs in a few insights about running Aside from that I suspect the book was hashed out as PR for a shoe manufacturer; Caesar seems keen to cast doubt on Chris McDougall's barefoot running theory and it neatly precedes Nikes two hour marathon project

  10. says:

    This was a heck of a book The history of distance races was new to me as was much of the day to day life of people in the high altitude towns of Kenya from which so many fast distance runners originate Geoffrey Mutai is a great centerpiece for this book analyzing marathons from several angles It was such a shame to read the chapter about performance enhancing drugs and their effects upon distance running Baseball and w

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