The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, An Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance

[Ed Ayres] Ý The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, An Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance ☆ Read Online eBook or Kindle ePUB. The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, An Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance A book no one else could have written, The Longest Race is his urgent exploration of the connection between individual endurance and a sustainable society.The Longest Race begins at the starting line of the 2001 JFK 50 Milethe nation’s oldest and largest ultramarathon and, like other such races, an epic test of human limits and aspiration. At age sixty, his sights set on breaking the age-division record, Ayres embarks on a course over t

The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, An Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance

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Rating : 4.28 (863 Votes)
Asin : 1615190880
Format Type : paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
Publish Date : 2013-03-17
Language : English

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A book no one else could have written, The Longest Race is his urgent exploration of the connection between individual endurance and a sustainable society.The Longest Race begins at the starting line of the 2001 JFK 50 Milethe nation’s oldest and largest ultramarathon and, like other such races, an epic test of human limits and aspiration. At age sixty, his sights set on breaking the age-division record, Ayres embarks on a course over the rocky ridge of the Appalachian Trail, along the headwind-buffeted towpath of the Potomac River, and past momentous Civil War sites such as Harpers Ferry and Antietam.But even as Ayres focuses on concerns familiar to every endurance runnerstarting strong and setting the right pace, the art of breathing, overcoming fatigue, mindfulness for the course aheadhe finds himself as preoccupied with the future of our planet as with the fi

Running is life: valuable insights from a lifelong runner Paul Mastin One of the great joys of running, especially an all-day event like an ultramarathon, is falling into step with someone and spending the time running together to learn about each other, hear about their racing experiences, and share a bit of life together. I have found that you can learn more about someone and forge deeper friendships by running on a trial for a couple of hours than you can by sitting next to someone at work every day for a year.Ed Ayers has run a few races (quite a few, actually, more than half a century's worth), and reading his new book, The Longest . Fantastic book The Longest Race is a wonderfully written book about a seasoned runner who attempts to break a decades old age group record at the oldest and largest ultra marathon in the United States, the JFK 50 mile ultra. The author takes us from the start of the (running) race and glimpses back to our roots and where that has lead us in the present. The book is exciting and filled with vivid descritions of the landscapes and what happens in our mind and soul when we push them to the limits.I love this book as it speaks of social responsibility, so the book is not all about runnin. AmazonJavaJunki said Very enjoyable as both a running book and story of planetary survival. Once you hit middle age runningand lifetake on a very different perspective and very few people have the running experience demonstrated by this book's author. This is a somewhat odd book in that it follows the author through a grueling 50+ mile race (a mega marathon if you will) at a later time in life. The author isn't as fast as he once was but what he lacks in speed is somewhat offset by experience.and so it goes with life itself.During the run the author provides insight into what is going through his mindfrom not falling face first to to an attempt to mentally lo

Most runners have the potential to be environmentalists, but after this book, we should be morally obligated. His lifetime of ultra-running and environmental writing drive his exploration of what keeps us running long distancesand what it might take to keep the planet from being run into the ground.”Nature Conservancy magazine“Ultramarathon runner Ed Ayres is looking for a different kind of salvationfor the soul, for the planet. Using Sheehan’s axiom of “listening to your body,” the author provides

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