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Two hours : the quest to run the impossible marathon

Author: Ed Caesar
Publisher: London : Viking, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Two hours, to cover 26 miles and 385 yards. It is running's Everest, a feat once seen as impossible for the human body. But now we can glimpse the mountain-top. The sub-two hour marathon will require an exceptional feat of speed, mental strength and endurance. The pioneer will have to endure more, live braver, plan better, and be luckier than his forbearers. So who is he? In this spellbinding book, Ed Caesar takes  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Ebook version
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ed Caesar
ISBN: 9780670921898 0670921890 9780241186770 0241186773
OCLC Number: 913793735
Description: ix, 242 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Ed Caesar.

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The author takes us into the world of the elite of the elite: the greatest marathoners on earth. In this book, he traces the history of the marathon as well as the science, physiology and psychology  Read more...

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We are getting so close to the mark now... superb -- Dan Jones * Evening Standard * The topic is one of the most profound there is: the absolute limits of human performance. * Sebastian Junger * A Read more...

 
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