On the morning of December 22, 2005, New York City firefighter Matt Long was cycling to work when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of death. Miraculously, after five months in the hospital and more than 40 operations, Matt was able to start his recovery. In addition to his physical injuries, Matt found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to process. In the 18 months before the accident, he had competed in more than 20 premier athletic events and had qualified for running’s most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon. After the accident, one doctor told him he’d be lucky if he could even walk without a cane.
The Long Run is the emotional and incredibly honest story of Matt’s determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. It chronicles Matt’s road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon.
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Inspirational story of the athlete's unbreakable spirit. This book inspired me to sign up for my first 10K Run. A small step into my adventure into the running world. Matt's story will surely touch everyone. I cried sad tears, happy tears, and even laughed out loud. Reminded me that I should always strive for improving and never stop moving forward. They have got to make this into a movie! I wonder if I could run the New York City marathon one day :)
This audiobook turned a 10km run into my first 21km run because I just didn't want to stop listening. Heartbreaking, inspirational and at times hilarious....Matt has a huge personality and unforgettable story. Thank you for writing this book. Long may you run Matt!