On the morning of December 22, 2005, Matt Long was cycling
to work in the early morning when he was struck by and sucked under a twenty ton
bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches
of his life. Miraculously, more than forty operations and months later, Matt
was able to start his recovery. In spite of the severity of his injuries, Matt
found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to process.
He would no longer be able to compete at the highest level.
In the eighteen months before the accident, he had competed
in more than twenty events including several triathlons and marathons and had
qualified for running’s most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon. After the
accident, his doctor told him he’d be lucky if he could even walk without a
Long Run is an emotional and incredibly honest story about Matt’s
determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical
and psychological pain to regain the life he once had. The book 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, a gimpy seven and a half hour
journey through the five boroughs.
“Running saved my life,” Matt says, and his embrace of the
running community and insistence on competing in the marathon has inspired
many, turning him into a symbol of hope and recovery for untold numbers of
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