{books} The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, an Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Ed Ayres, Richard Waterhouse, Blackstone Audio, Inc.: Audible AudiobooksAuthor Ed Ayres – Carcier.co

My husband loved this book Well recommended for new or experiences ultra runners everywhere Keeps your attention Ideal present for the runner in your life As an ultra runner myself, many ask me what drives me to run such distances and what goes on in my head during these adventures Ed does an excellent job articulating what I ve had such a hard time articulating myself I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure that is much complex than any other book on running has ever touched The interplay between history of the JFK50 and the route taken is the most obvious example There are other examples too, such as the relationship between Ed s Quaker religious upbringing juxtaposed with military history Helped emphasize the open and welcoming environment that brings many of us road runners off the roads and onto the trails. Mr Ayres portrays brilliantly in this book the real drive behind running The author also helps us to realize that physical strength is not related to age, but to practice and experiences I personally agree with him when he said that we are moving too fast toward the future, due to technologies that allow us to obtain fast rewards from very short periods of times Some people might say, what s wrong with that Well the evolution in our planet has taken billions of years to develop, but now we are at that point in time where we are reaching the future too early This situation is causing us to deplete at a high speed our natural resources which is causing ecological problems and climate s changes such as global warming. I was mainly interested in how someone who is my age manages to continue as a long distance runner I really wanted to hear about the race and at first was a little frustrated by the lessons learned from running and the characteristics of the JFK 50 Miler course However, later I began to appreciate the unique insight Ayes has into many contemporary issues care of the environment, the role of government, the lack of long range planning Entertaining to read and enlightening I admire the man. Ed really knows running from the inside out and outside in Great writing Running is an analogy of life and Ed makes it clear. I m a beginning runner and was looking for an inspirational running adventure story This book comes across as bragging instead of helpful I could not imagine myself in his place It is well written, though Some of the history is interesting Towards the end I started scanning through it instead of reading every page. Helpful race guide for those doing the JFK 50 but probably, importantly, a thoughtful examination of where we re going wrong as a society. I almost never do not finish a book I made it through half of this book and could waste no of my time I am a long distance trail runner and I work in the same field as the author sustainability but there was so little in the book that actually touched upon running, and when it did it was quickly taken as a cue to go on his next ill informed and illogical rant It was terribly disappointing and gives insight into the logical inconsistencies that result from people on either political spectrum who are blinded by their ideologies.If you are looking for a good running book, I would say move on If you are pretty far to the left and are just looking for someone to rant about how awful humanity is, without expecting a corresponding informed, linear, logical argument for the positions, this book will treat you well. First and foremost a book about running, The Longest Race takes listeners alongside ultramarathoner Ed Ayres as he prepares for, runs, and finishes the JFKmile race at a then record breaking time for his age divisionand older But for Ayres, this race was about than just running, and the book also encompasses his musings and epiphanies along the way about possibilities for human achievement and the creation of a sustainable civilization Looking back over a lifetime of thanyears of long distance running, Ayres realizes that his running has taught him important lessons about endurance, patience, and foresight These qualities, also hallmarks of being human, likely helped humans to survive and thrive in the evolutionary race and, Ayres posits, they are qualities absolutely necessary to building a sustainable society Grounding each step of his argument are vivid details from this particular race and other moments across his long running career These experiences take us far beyond the sport, into new perspectives on our origins as future and what it means to be a part of the human race In the end, Ayres suggests, if we can recapture the running prowess and overall physical fitness of our wild ancient distance hunting ancestors, we will also be equipped to keep our bodies, our society, and the entire world running long into the future Great adventure and accomplishment by the author His reflections on running and its ties to our past and Darwin s Theory of Evolution were a little over done Told an exciting story but drug it out too much with his political environmental leanings.