Two HoursThe Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon

Author(s): Ed Caeser


'Nothing but your own body will get you through; everything you have done in your life until the moment you cross the finishing line is connected to the effort'. 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. Caesar takes us into the world of the greatest marathoners on earth. He traces the history as well as the science and psychology of running, showing us why this race retains its savage, enthralling appeal - and why we are drawn to test ourselves to the limit.


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'I didn't think any book could make me interested in marathon running. Two Hours did that and much more. Ed Caesar's in-depth reporting 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 and author of Luck. 'Ed Caesar's treatment of the near-mythical two-hour marathon is both implacably scientific and wonderfully reverential. As a former marathoner I deeply appreciate both. The prose hums along effortlessly and the topic is one of the most profound there is: the absolute limits of human performance. Reading a book that combines those two things is one of the great pleasures in life.' Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and War. 'Like a good runner, Ed Caesar carries the story along with grace, ease and generosity. He brings us to Kenya, New York, London and Berlin, but ultimately allows us to look inside ourselves. It's the human story that shines through.' Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin. 'A fabulously entertaining and thought-provoking ode to perseverance, Two Hours will make you fall in love with elite marathon running even if you can barely jog a mile. It is filled with richly drawn characters whose grit and talent are wonders to behold, as well as keen observations about the twists and turns of the human mind. Read it and marvel.' Brendan Koerner, author of The Skies Belong to Us.

General Fields

  • : 9780241186770
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Viking
  • : September 2015
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ed Caeser
  • : Paperback
  • : 1015
  • : en
  • : 796.42520922
  • : 256