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

Ed Ayres, Author, Ed Ayres, Author
Ed Ayres. Experiment (PGW, dist.), $23.95 (256p) ISBN 978-1-61519-063-8
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Veteran long-distance runner Ayres, a 55-year competitor in more than 600 races, brings the reader along for his grueling trek on the 2001 JFK 50 Mile, the nation’s oldest ultramarathon, explaining some critical insights that enable one to cross the finish line. Ayres starts strong as he ascends in the cold to the Appalachian Trail, descends downhill to the Potomac, sets the pace along the towpath, and fights fatigue passing the Civil War landmarks of Harper’s Ferry and the Antietam battlefield. Using Sheehan’s axiom of “listening to your body,” the author provides runners with crucial information and key tips, ending with his must-have “Notes for an Aspiring Ultrarunner,” advising on breathing, nutrition, attitude, technique, training, footwear, and terrain. Revealing, savvy, and fast-paced, Ayres’s eloquent book on marathon running is a master class on the priceless life lessons of enduring and conquering obstacles to victory. (Oct.)
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