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Life Is a Marathon: A Memoir of Love and Endurance

Step after step for 26.2 miles, hundreds of thousands of people run marathons. But why–what compels people past pain, lost toenails, 5.30 am start times, The Wall? Sports writer Matt Fitzgerald set out to run eight marathons in eight weeks across the country to answer that question. At each race, he meets an array of runners, from first timers, to dad-daughter teams and spouses, to people who’d been running for decades, and asks them what keeps them running. But there is another deeply personal part to Matt’s journey: his own relationship to the sport–and how it helped him overcome his own struggles and cope with his wife Nataki’s severe bipolar disorder.

This book is extraordinary. Absolutely raw, vulnerable, heartbreaking and soul-enriching–all at once.

–Meredith Atwood, host of The Same 24 Hours podcast

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