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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 (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,271 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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Top five Best Books About Running, Runner's World Magazine Top three Best Books About Running, readers of Runner's World Magazine (December 2009)At the outset, the 1998 cross country season appeared to hold magnificent promise for the men of the University of Colorado. With 2000 Olympic hopeful Adam Goucher poised for his first-ever NCAA cross country title and the Buffaloes shooting for their first-ever national team title, it seemed that nothing could stand in the way of their victory. But in the rigorous world of top-level collegiate sports, blind misfortune can sabotage the dreams of individuals and teams alike. Plagued by the onset of numerous injuries and the tragic loss of a beloved teammate, the Buffaloes found themselves challenged in ways they could not have foreseen. What they managed to achieve in the face of such adversity is the stuff of legend and glory.In Running with the Buffaloes, writer Chris Lear follows the University of Colorado cross country team during one unforgettable NCAA season. Through unparalleled access to team practices, private moments with the athletes, and the beliefs and teachings of Mark Wetmore - one of the country's most renowned and enigmatic coaches - Lear provides an unprecedented look a the triumphs and heartaches of a perennial national championship contender and the men who will stop at nothing in their quest for excellence. He captures the lives of these young men and offers a glimpse of what drives a gifted runner like Goucher and an iconoclastic coach like Wetmore. Running with the Buffaloes, is, at once, a celebration of a sport and an inspiration to anyone who has ever had the courage to beat the odds and follow a dream. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An interesting account of an amazing XC season for Colorado, but a book of two sides. On one, there is a rather monotonous training log, and even as a numbers geek, I found myself skim reading chunks here and there. then, as if touched by a magic wand, Chris explores, captures, and eloquently exposes the emotions behind the team ... well enough to create a lump in my throat.
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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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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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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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This is a great insight into what it takes to be a great team in the American College system. It show's the up's and down's of the University of Colorado Men's Cross Country team and how they work together in trying to win the team title in the National Champioships. It highlights the intense day-to-day training by individuals such as Olympian Adam Goucher as he not only try's to help his team to become Natioanal Champions but as he try's to become the individual National Champion himself.
An inspiring read for all.
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