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14 Minutes: A Running Legend's Life and Death and Life Hardcover – 10 Apr 2012

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  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (10 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609613147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609613143
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 562,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 Minutes Salazar, a skinny, shy, insecure Cuban-American kid from small-town Massachusetts, developed into the greatest distance runner of his time, despite being declared dead for 14 minutes after a shocking heart attack. Full description


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This book was a gripping read from the outset, as a serious marathon runner myself,(well I once was!) Also that I'm involved in sports & remedial massage, I found this book interesting in many ways, from his training, to his injuries & to that fateful 14Min! This really gives you the highs & lows of his life up to now. He is now setting Mo Farah up to being the best distance runner in the world! So I give this book 5 stars.
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While much of the press on Alberto Salazar's incredible new autobiography, "14 Minutes," has been focused on Salazar's much known faith and his brush with death, that spawned the title of the book (spoiler: he was pronounced dead for 14 minutes), I took away a different set of realizations. Those nuggets of information from the man himself were the confirmations of many rumors that had been floated in circles and message boards for years, but were never really confirmed to the public.

Here are a few of those:

1. Salazar had a hand in the hiring of Vin Lananna
While there's no real confirmation that he was against Martin Smith, he did present to the athletic director that Rupp would attend the University of Portland, unless certain things changed. Most importantly, he had Phil Knight's blessing, to the tune of "I guess you'll just have to fix it." He then goes on to state that after this was remedied, that "Galen joined the Ducks fold, and soon Oregon's distance-running tradition was restored." That certainly can not be argued with, as since Rupp came aboard, Oregon won the NCAA Cross Country title twice and has produced stars like Rupp, Andrew Wheating and Matt Centrowitz.

2. Salazar was not happy with Alan Webb's insubordination
As many distance fans recall, Salazar's goal with Webb was to rebuild him from the ground up; a goal that in his mind, would require Webb to "spend an entire year away from world-class competition." As Salazar puts it "Alan grew impatient and wanted to run some major meets. I told him let's hit some singles and doubles before we swing for a home run, but Alan resisted." Salazar's attention to detail is notorious and while it may not work for all, it certainly has produced World class results.

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Deeply insightful self-study of how and why a wonder runner runs, and how he deals with adversity. Extraordinary. I loved it.
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Great. Book itwas a Christmas present for someone so he like it and recommend it to his friends and family.
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A great read about a fascinating person - couldn't put the book down.
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