An Honorable Run Review tips4running.com highly recommends Matt McCue's fantastic running story.

“I’ve decided it’s time to let you run wild, but you have to run wild on my terms.” – Coach Bob Brown

“Remember that you train and live as seriously and committed as anyone and when it’s time to move on, you’ll know you had as honorable a run as anyone.” – Coach Mark Wetmore

These two quotes summarize what Matt McCue’s book An Honorable Run is all about. During his high school and collegiate running career, Matt McCue was lucky enough to run for two legendary coaches. In his hometown of Regina, Iowa, Matt ran for Coach Brown. After he graduated, Matt walked on and ran with the Buffaloes at the University of Colorado for Coach Wetmore.

The book reads like a gut wrenching distance race. It starts off quick, really picks up the pace in the middle and has you sprinting towards the finish. The way I judge books is simple. The great ones are books I can’t put down. It took me two days to read the book. When I picked it up, I didn’t want to stop reading.

What separates this book from other running stories is the unique perspective it takes. Most running books focus on the runner and his struggle to improve. An Honorable Run explores the relationships Matt McCue formed with his coaches. To me, the book served as a tribute to all the great coaches and mentors I have been lucky enough to have in my life. After I finished the book, I thought about all the life lessons I have learned from my coaches.



Without giving too much away, this is what had me turning page after page. Although Coach Brown and Coach Wetmore are similar in their love for running, their approach to coaching is completely different. The one constant factor is Matt’s relentless approach to running. He collides with these two personalities on his running pursuits.

I have read a lot of running books recently, and this ranks right up there with the best of them. For more on the book, and Matt McCue, you can listen to an interview I did with him here on tips4running.com. You can purchase An Honorable Run at Amazon.com.


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