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  • Published: 16 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9780241962824
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
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Two Hours

The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon



The next frontier in running - Born To Run meets Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Two hours to cover twenty-six miles and 385 yards. An exceptional feat of speed, mental strength and endurance. The sub-two-hour marathon is running's Everest, a feat once seen as impossible for the human body. But now we have reached the mountaintop.

In this spellbinding book Ed Caesar takes us into the world of the elite of the elite: the greatest marathoners on earth. Through the stories of these rich characters, and their troubled lives, he traces the history of the marathon as well as the science, physiology and psychology involved in running so fast, for so long. And he shows us why this most democratic of races retains its savage, enthralling appeal - why we are drawn to test ourselves to the limit.

Now with a new afterword telling the inside story of how Eliud Kipchoge achieved the impossible, with exclusive access to Nike's #Breaking2 project, and the Ineos159 event at which the barrier was finally broken.

  • Published: 16 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9780241962824
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
Categories:

Praise for Two Hours

Superb

Dan Jones, Evening Standard

The topic is one of the most profound there is: the absolute limits of human performance.

Sebastian Junger

A fascinating insight into the clockwork of what it means to be an elite athlete, always pushing at the edge of possibility.

Colum McCann

Explores one of sport's ultimate questions: is there a final human boundary and, if so, where? A terrific book: elegant, engaging and rewarding.

Ed Smith, former England cricketer, Times Columnist and author of Luck

This book explodes out of the blocks, continues at a terrific clip, never flags and breasts the tape victorious, its arms in the air. Like the best foot race, it is tight, pacy and riveting. A brilliant debut. Give the man a medal and a bunch of flowers

Esquire

Superb. Caesar has established himself as perhaps the best new long-form magazine writer since the arrival of John Jeremiah Sullivan

Richard Williams, Guardian

Caesar wears his considerable research into most aspects of the marathon - its history, science, and the spectre of performance-enhancing drugs - with a loping, easy style

Independent

His reportage has the feel of the very best of American journalism - as if he has researched the matter to hell, spent his time in the field, nailed down every fact, then bashed it out on a typewriter with a cigarette smouldering in his mouth

Sunday Times

A fine study of human endurance and the competitive spirit of marathon runners

Independent

Lyrical and passionate... a celebration of the human spirit and what it can achieve

Observer

Caesar is very good on the personalities, mixing the art and science of distance running with vignettes about the athletes

Matthew Syed, The Times

Caesar's Two Hours explodes out of the blocks, continues at a terrific clip, never flags and breast the tape victorious, its arms in the air. Like the best foot races, it is tight, pacy and riveting. A brilliant debut. Give the man a medal and a bunch of flowers

Esquire

There is much spirit in Two Hours and much human warmth

New Statesman

This portrait of Mutai ... reveals far more about the Kenyan mystique and the prospects for a two-hour marathon than any bird's eye survey could.

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