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Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher and the University of Colorado Men's Cross-country Team Paperback – 1 Jul 2003


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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press (1 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585748048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585748044
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lear's tale of the 1998 Colorado cross country season is part tragedy, part biography and part training window to one of the country's best programs. It deserves its cult-classic status and is worthy of another read every few years." --"Running Times"

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Chris Lear attended the Pingry School in Martinsville, New Jersey. A gifted runner, he capped his senior season with a 4:09 mile at the Golden West Invitational. The time made him New Jersey's fastest high school miler of the 1990s. He graduated from Princeton University in 1996, where he earned All-Ivy, All-East, and All-America honours, and was a two-time cross-country captain. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blue Aardvark on 23 Oct. 2009
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I have read this book on a number of occaisons, generally in the lead up to a UK Cross Country season. The differences between the UK and US are obvious from the book, but this does not take away from a really interesting insight into American Collegiate sport. It is written in a nice way which I found hard to put down. It gives you a good feel for athletes on the team, so much so I felt quite emotional at one point in the book as the team faces the trials and tribulations of running, keeping healthy and student life.
The reason I re read the book is that I find it quite a good motivational tool, for my own running (admitably at a lower level), but it gets me out doing the sessions. So basically if you enjoy competitive running I think you will probably enjoy this book.
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By Michael Wright on 11 Oct. 2013
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Being a British middle distance athlete, I always look with envy on the unashamed vociferous passion that United States collegiate athletes hold not only in their athletics, but in their sports in general.

Mr Lear does well to capture this, and the camaraderie instilled by the University of Colorado Men’s Cross-Country team, with whom the author spends a season, is inspiring, and at particular eventful points, deeply moving.

Behind the unrelenting energy, I did not find the book to be particularly well written, and the efforts made to track the progress of many of the athletes in the team, as opposed to focusing upon only a select few, led to this reader easily losing his mental foothold of the characters involved.

In a bid to capture the essence of what it means to be a competitive distance runner, the text does not surpass the achievements of 1978 classic 'Once a Runner', which adorns the olive wreath of this reviewer's book shelf.

All the being stated, the text is undoubtedly a recommended read for all endurance athletes, and for those who have competed for university athletic teams in a previous life, a pleasant period of nostalgia awaits as you watch a group of young men trying their damndest to be as good as they can be.
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By Jonathan Ryan on 9 Sept. 2012
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An outstanding book written for serious runners. I enjoyed this book from start to finish even though I peaked at the results at the end so always knew what was going to happen. Author Lear devotes just the right number of pages to every topic of interest including Wetmore's training methods and philosophy, Goucher, the races themselves and the tragic incident about two-thirds of the way through.
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One of the best, and most inspiring running books ever written. I simply couldn't put it down. I felt like I was joining the Buffaloes on their journey, and have been inspired to train harder.
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