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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: #1,019,753 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
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
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
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
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!
Great Man, great photos, bad book July 9 2007
By Asthmatic - Published on Amazon.com
I love Paul Tergat. The excerpts in the book that are attributed to Tergat are very good. The photos put together an inspiring story about an interesting man.

But the parts of the book written by Wirz are rife with spelling and grammatical errors. Worse, Wirz is whiny and focuses too heavily on Tergat's losses. The book has one excuse after another. The worst is when he discusses Tergat's rival Gebrselassie's chances in the marathon. He says that Gebrselassie's bouncing style is made for artificial tracks and will not make it in the marathon. Gebrselassie has already had a decent amount of success in the marathon, running 2:05 in Japan last year. Tergat would never say something unsportsmanlike about Gebrselassie, but it comes across like Tergat sanctioned this whiny accusation.

Again, the parts of the book that are in Tergat's words are great. And the pictures, especially the pictures of his post-World Record celebration in Kenya, as well as the one of Tergat's father presenting a goat to his coach, make the book a worthy buy. Too bad a better author didn't write it.


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