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Paul Tergat: Running to the Limit [Paperback]

Jurg Wirz

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Book Description

April 30 2005
34-year-old Kenyan Paul Tergat has secured his place in the history books with his Marathon world record in Berlin at the end of September 2003. Today he is considered as one of the best runners of all time. At Olympic Games he won two silver medals, both times behind his friend and rival Haile Gebrselassie. This book will illustrate Tergat's way from an unknown runner in a tiny village in Kenya to the Marathon world record holder and Dollar-millionaire. It will show the triumphs and disappointments that formed him as a human being. He is still the man they call "a gentleman" not without reason. In "Running to the Limit" Paul Tergat will also tell a lot about his training program, e.g. in a special chapter about the famous Italian running school of Dr. Gabriele Rosa, who coached his first Kenyan athlete, Moses Tanui, in 1990, and nowadays has 200 Kenyan athletes under contract, among them some of the best Marathon runners in the world. Tergat will also give many training tips for everyday runners, because many of his hints and ideas hold true for record holders as well as for hobbyists. "Running to the Limit" is richly illustrated with colourful photographs, many of them as yet unpublished shots from Kenya.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Cardinal Publishers Group (April 30 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841261653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841261652
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 17.3 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #872,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This marvellous book is a combination of biography and training manual - and much more. Very highly recommended."

About the Author

Jurg Wirz can claim for himself that he knows Paul Tergat like no other journalist. They first met in Nairobi in 1992, where Tergat participated at the national Cross-Championships for the first time. Since then, Wirz has visited him often in his home.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tergat "Running to the Limtit" May 23 2005
By Philip J. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
This book is truly fantastic , it is well laid out and gives alot of infomation on the way Kenyans eat , sleep and train etc .. Also it has alot of infomation about the life of Paul tergat and he includes numerous numbers of hints and tips for the beginning runner and the elite but I belive the best part of this book are the illusrations . The illustrations are truly amazing nearly every page of second page there are coloured "good quality" pictures of really interesting things . This is a book that you would expect to pay well over $25 for because the printing is just done to perfection . I highly recommend this book for any one who is interested in running . It is truly the best running book I have ever come across(and I own alot of running books)

So if you want a big bang for your buck go the "Kenyan Way" and purchuse RUNNING TO THE LIMIT .
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration for the "human race!" Nov. 9 2005
By Tom Plum - Published on Amazon.com
This is part bio; part running manual and more. On November 6th, 2005 Paul Tergat won the New York Marathon over the reigning champion from South Africa, Hendrick Ramaal and it could hardly have been closer. Some friends of mine were saying, the second guy lost the race still; I thought, hmmmn, what does one say to that? But I am reading this book, chapter 5 speaks of Tergats "eternal" battles with another reknown runner, Haile Gebrsellassie, stating that Paul lost by only a nine hundredth of a second against the Ethiopian at Sydney 2000 and it certainly put that discussion in perspective.

I really, got carried off on a tangent there, but this book does discuss many details such as that; it is jammed with photos of Tergat and those usually carry his indelible smile and when I say jammed with photos I mean there must be at least a hundred on a conservative estimate. The book in some ways, is like reading a magazine article complete with photos except this article is over some 200 pages.

The book also details some of the training regimens of Kenyan runners complete with schedules and here, I believe some clarification is needed. It is indeed, learning to run the "Kenyan" style. Though, I would not consider myself a real real runner and certainly not a marathon runner which this book seems to emphasize, I can compare it though with the numerous books out there on how to run, how to prepare for a marathon, 10k, etc. and it treats the subject very well. I do not know the book "The greatest" on Gebrselassie but another track book to which is compares favorably too, is by US standout Michael Johnson "Slaying the dragon." In fact, what I would like about this Tergat book, is that it is printed on a paper similar to your standard magazine, slick paper and includes the photographs in color. Though the book is by Swiss journalist Jung Wirz, included are many paragraphs verbatim from Tergat on running, training and even on life and his life growing up. I did a double-look to see if he was listed as a co-author because really, it is very close. These quotations of Paul's are always in blue. A very well done book.

Tributes to Tergat, his endeavors such as publishing the magazine, "Athlete" a Kenyan track magazine, discussions of his doctor Rosa etc. makes this book very complete.

However I once met some Kenyan runners, training in a "high altitude" location. The book mentions the diets of Kenyan runners and to me is almost worthy of purchasing on that basis alone because of their graces, they allowed me to dine with them a few times and that is priceless? I was generally aware of their diet, but had some questions. Mursiik is sour milk, maziwa lala is a fermented milk. The runners I met, always had buttermilk. Perhaps there is a slight difference. The book does not call it buttermilk, but as to my own thoughts, I wonder if these are one and the same? At times, in this book, I do wonder, if the Swiss writer, Wirz always uses the most appropriate English translations but it does not stand in the way. It is probably correct in fact. Kenyans in the US will eat spinach but the related plant back in Kenya may be slightly different and has the name Sukuma Wiki.

Tiny details I have singled out, is why this book is also very fascinating to read just in order to get a background on Kenya and its culture. Yes, surely, a "Wazungu" like me and many others would appreciate this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice bio March 9 2006
By the panda - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this book was a nice bio of Tergat with lots of nice photos. I wish there was a series with all my favorite runners! The writing is not the greatest, but it's readable and interesting. Plenty of quotes from Tergat.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One to keep on the shelf... Sept. 23 2008
By JillNikki - Published on Amazon.com
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Not a bad book... but definitely not one of my favorites.

As it is written by a journalist... it definitely reads like one. Tergat comments after each chapter's text. There are a lot of photos in the book too. The book probably could have been 2 pages long...

Moral of the book: eat Ugali, listen to your body, rest, and run with all you got when you do run!
3.0 out of 5 stars Good subject, poor implementation. May 5 2013
By Ryan Larson - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm an avid runner, and have been collecting a small 'library' of running books to gain some knowledge, inspiration, references from. I figured Paul Tergat was the one Kenyan who was remotely close to the 'King' Haile G. from Ethiopia in his prime, so it might have some good tidbits.

While the book was good, it was certainly aimed at a more general audience than the running nerd. None of his training logs, or even detailed biographical stuff. If you're looking for a book that caters to someone needing a general oversight to the lifestyle of Kenyan runners, this is your book. If you're looking to go deeper, look elsewhere.

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