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The best-selling author of 80/20 Running and How Bad Do You Want It? reveals his inspiring and surprising journey to see just how fast he can go.

Matt Fitzgerald has already made a name for himself in the endurance-sport community with books like 80/20 Running, How Bad Do You Want It?, and Iron War. He is an accomplished amateur runner, but if he follows the training, nutrition, and lifestyle of an elite runner, just how fast could he go?

He is approaching his mid-40s, so the time to do this is now. He at last has the financial means to do nothing but train. He accepts the goodwill of a friend who will let him crash at his apartment in the running mecca of Flagstaff, Arizona, and convinces the coach of Northern Arizona Elite, one of the country's premier professional running teams, to let him train with a roster of national champions and Olympic hopefuls for an entire summer leading in to the Chicago Marathon. The results were astounding....

Filled with a vibrant cast of characters, rigorous and gut-wrenching training, Matt’s knowledgeable yet self-deprecating voice allows us to vicariously live out our own fantasies of having the opportunity to go all the way. Yet for the runners Matt trains with, it’s no mere fantasy, but a calling, and their individual stories enrich this inspiring narrative. Running the Dream is a chance for us all to experience a bit of this rarified and wild world and to take away pieces of this amazing journey to try to achieve our own potential.

©2020 Matt Fitzgerald (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Superb

Another excellent book from Matt Fitzgerald. Exciting and absorbing journey, the chronological format works. Very well narrated.

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Wonderful!

A privileged insight into the life of a professional runner. Perfectly retold by the author, with an approachable manner. There's plenty to appeal to runners of every level, and inspiration to be had for the non-athlete too... Highly recommended!

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  • Melini
  • 09-08-20

Loved until he was petty and cruel to Kellyn T.

As a 46 year old who's been spending the last two years being a full-time pretend pro athlete in another disciple who took up running to cross train, it's like this book was written just for me. The author has the running chops to hang just enough with the pros to really experience their routines, so there's loads of nitty gritty training stuff if you like to geek out on that as I do, but not so much of it that it becomes a "how-to" instead of a narrative about his experience. My own experiment and heightened awareness of athletes of a certain age makes me believe that for many of us, it's the time invested, belief in ourselves, and commitment to the process that falls away moreso than an absolute capacity to improve and perform well as we age. One of my favorite parts of the book was the conversation around this topic with the non-pro woman and Matt during the retirement chapter at the conclusion of the author's journey. There's also a line from Steph Bruce that's repeated a couple of times (paraphrased) to "not let anyone trivialize your pursuit of running" that was a lovely touchstone to take away from this book for anyone who struggles to justify their passions to those who think sport for all but a few should be "just for fun." I wished that he had dug into a more frank appraisal of the demands on the real pros for keeping a perky, inspirational, Instagram-worthy face...the reality that they make more from selling their image than from prize money. He made a statement to the effect that they got to nap in the afternoon while he had another job to do, but he left the pros' (and Team NAZ Elite's) "other job" maintaining endorsements largely unexplored. Of course, every second that they took away from focusing on their own training to help a famous writer in his pretend pro pursuit was time they spend doing this job of building their public image. Kellyn Taylor is unusual among the pro runners in than rather than trading on her public image, she has been pursuing a regular job and raising and fostering a whole posse of kids. The author does mention her work, but with so much positive that could be said, he almost always brought up her bona fides in some backhanded way...referencing her newly minted paramedic skills; making sure you, dear reader, know it took her two tries to pass her firefighter test. It seemed to me that unlike her team and many teammates, it was not in her business model to fluff the ego of the pretend pro with a powerful pen, and he decided to punish her for it with a series of petty swipes at her personality every time she entered the scene of his book. Maybe he thought his story needed a bad guy? I didn't.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-20

Delivers on the Goal

Setting out to inspire other “average,” aging runners, Fitzgerald succeeds. The story is an engaging one and offers some nice anecdotes about life and living each day to its fullest. The writing and some poor one-liners distract from time to time, but the story is great!

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  • Jill Surface
  • 08-10-20

Great Book!!!!

Loved every minute of this book. Great inside look at professional running, and very inspirational.

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  • Bryce
  • 07-10-20

Great story and can relate

Whats funny about this is that I was in Flagstaff the same year he was there as well but did not see him there or we never spoke. I had the complete opposite experience where people where not that friendly and people seemed to do their own thing and really didn't feel all that welcome. Only a few people made an effort to make me feel somewhat like I was apart of the group which was Nick Arciniaga, Tommy Rivs, & some others. Pro's seemed to have some sort of ego and it sure was and I couldn't be apart of it.. I don't know what Matt did but I'd sure like to know because I do feel the same way about Flagstaff but left because of how other runners didn't make me feel welcomed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-20

Great!!

Fitzgerald did it again. Another great book. Very Inspiring and easy to follow. love the narrator!

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  • HRD0983
  • 17-09-20

Great story!

As a recreational runner who keeps hoping for bigger goals into my late 30s,and someone who is in constant awe and amazement of NAZ elite, this was an incredible story that brought me to tears at times. Inspirational is an understatement. I truly enjoyed the honesty of the author with his experience and was easily relatable. Thank you for telling this story.

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  • Cain S. Vasquez
  • 12-09-20

blown away

great narrator and motivating book. as someone who ha s never been good at running but enjoys it and at age 41. I know with proper training I can get my own PR later in this stage of life.

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  • Belinda A.
  • 05-08-20

Matt never disappoints!

Such an inspiring story and so full of insight into the world of elite running and it’s challenges!

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  • ken alexander
  • 01-07-20

The best

The best and most inspiring book I have read in years with a message for anyone of any age.

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  • Soren G. Brockdorf
  • 23-06-20

Dream Job

Matt Fitzgerald just lived most runner's dream job. To be part of the pack and live the life of a pro runner--what a unique experience. This would have been a really fun book on tape for the author to have read. I also wish I could find his training log to this adventure, it would be interesting to see.