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From Last to First: A long-distance runner's journey from failure to success By Charlie Spedding,

  • Title: From Last to First: A long-distance runner's journey from failure to success
  • Author: Charlie Spedding
  • ISBN: 9781845136284
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Charlie Spedding describes himself as not particularly talented at least, compared to the group of people he had chosen to find himself among These were the athletes in the Olympic marathon So how did he end up with a bronze medal How did he win the London Marathon And why does he still hold the English record for the distance In this remarkable autobiography he eCharlie Spedding describes himself as not particularly talented at least, compared to the group of people he had chosen to find himself among These were the athletes in the Olympic marathon So how did he end up with a bronze medal How did he win the London Marathon And why does he still hold the English record for the distance In this remarkable autobiography he explains how how someone who was almost bottom of the class when he first went to school, and even worse at sport, eventually turned himself into a genuinely world class athlete, competing in top marathons all over the world, and genuinely going from last to first As well as the enthralling life story of one of our finest distance runners, this book is a wonderfully clear and inspiring piece of life coaching for anyone who wants to make the most of their talents But than this, as Spedding says at the start, I believe that on occasions you can create the circumstances in which you can perform at a higher level than your talent says you can Spedding s own story, and his chronicle of the big races he excelled in, proves it s true For anyone aspiring to run a marathon, or indeed anyone who wants to set themselves a goal they think beyond their reach and achieve it this is an essential book.
    From Last to First A long distance runner s journey from failure to success Charlie Spedding describes himself as not particularly talented at least compared to the group of people he had chosen to find himself among These were the athletes in the Olympic marathon So how did

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    1. I have a love hate relationship with books about running, because whilst I enjoy reading about other people s adventures with the sport exercise that has grabbed my attention, I am always insanely jealous of those who are actually quite good at it This was an autobiography of sorts from Charlie Spedding, bronze medal winner in the marathon at the Los Angeles Olympics.He s also done a lot than that, and we get extensive detail of the races he ran and how he trained his way towards the top Where [...]

    2. Not the best I ve read and not sure about the ranting in the last two chapters, probably best kept to himself

    3. Althought Charlie Spedding is not the most well known figure in distance running, his story is one of the most influential Spedding was an underdog for the majority of his life and he tells a story of overcoming the odds to do things that he knew were achievable, which included making the Olympic marathon team for Great Britian and finishing with a bronze medal despite not being considered a threat for a position on the podium This story is told in an easy to read fashion that allows the reader [...]

    4. Charlie was not a talented runner But one day, over a beer, he decided to change his mind and won And he made it He won the bronze Olympic medal.This book could be very boring you will read a lot about Charlie s training and races he had lost And probably, if you are not a runner, it will be unbearable But if you stick with the book, you will read about two exciting races the London Marathon and the Olympic marathon in L.A in 1984 And for those two runs, it costs the money.My colleague, who runs [...]

    5. Great book, really enjoyed hearing his story and chapter 6 is fantastic I highlighted a lot of sections.One thing that made me laugh was when he said he got married, and I was like he had a girlfriend the narrative was so focussed on running no mention was made of anyone who wasn t a runner The final two chapters are a bit of a rant as opposed to some biography, but I think some of the points he makes are good ones I can t believe that anyone actually thinks non competitive sports days are a goo [...]

    6. Possibly my favorite biography of a runner yet, and right up with the novels Once A Runner John L Parker and The Olympian Brian Glanville as one of my favorite running books of all I ve just recently read it for the third time A great insight into the difficulties as well as the successes of the pursuit of excellence in long distance running Much local flavor in that the British Olympian did much of his training around the Greater Boston area while representing the Cambridge Sports Union.

    7. This one surprised me a bit Bought secondhand off an Associate Came signed by author, and seems to be a cheap publisher reprint The book itself is much than a biography It has some good points to make about doing things your way , not always the way the book tells you Also surprisingly good on altitude, lactate, psychology and stuff of a academic nature Must look out Mo s coach Salazar and see what he has written.

    8. I was interested to read this book as I was interested in the psychological approach to running, but I gave up reading in the end, as there seemed to be lots of descriptions of races and quoting of statistics Perhaps I should have expected that in a book about running, but I was interested in the mental aspects.

    9. It s a great book for any runner of a good skill The author has a frank but proactive approach to writing about his experiences and gives a very credible insight into the life of a professional runner Excellent.

    10. Very detailed about his running and the races and as such interesting Can t buy into his philosophy and I could have done without the last chapters which read like a sermon Actually, I would have liked him a lot as a person without those preachy parts.

    11. very good read a simple dialog, but a very interesting insight into serious running especially enjoyed the chapter on mental training surprised at how many niggles he had yet still could run extremely well.

    12. Every runner should read this book Charlie Spedding shares tons of valuable wisdom that I find myself applying to my own running every day.

    13. I really enjoyed this book It s one of the best books I ve ever read on distance running I love Charlie s philosophy about doing things your own way and looking at how you think.

    14. Great Book What do you want Why do you want it How bad do you want it And remember to think like a caterpillar

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