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Endure

Written by: Alexander Hutchinson,Malcolm Gladwell - foreword
Narrated by: Robert G. Slade
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Featuring a foreword by Malcolm Gladwell

Writing from both the cutting edge of scientific discovery and the front-lines of elite athletic performance, National Magazine Award-winning science journalist Alex Hutchinson presents a revolutionary account of the dynamic and controversial new science of endurance.

The capacity to endure is perhaps the key trait that separates champions and determines great performance in any field - from a 100-meter sprint to a 100-mile ultramarathon, from summiting Everest to acing finals. But what if everything we've been taught about endurance was wrong? What if we all have more potential than we think to go farther, push harder, and achieve more?

Blending cutting-edge science and gripping storytelling in the vein of Malcolm Gladwell - who forewords the book - Hutchinson reveals that a wave of paradigm-altering research over the past decade suggests that the seemingly physical barriers you encounter are mediated as much by your brain as by your body. But it's not "all in your head." For each of the physical limits that Hutchinson explores - pain, muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst, fuel - he carefully disentangles the delicate interplay of mind and muscle by telling the riveting stories of men and women who've approached (and sometimes surpassed) their own ultimate limits.

As the longtime "Sweat Science" columnist for Outside and Runner's World as well as a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and New York Times, Hutchinson draws on his background as a former national-team long-distance runner and Cambridge-trained physicist. But the lessons he draws from traveling to labs around the world and trying out new endurance-boosting techniques like electric brain stimulation and brain endurance training are surprisingly universal. Endurance, he writes, is "the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop" - and we're always capable of pushing a little farther.

©2018 Alex Hutchinson (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"If you want to gain insight into the mind of great athletes, adventurers, and peak performers then prepare to be enthralled by Alex Hutchinson's Endure." (Bear Grylls)

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Not an endurance guide

If you’re looking for answers of how to improve your sports endurance this book IS NOT for you. It provides a lot of interesting facts about the research and human performance physiology, not too complex, but you won’t find any applicable validated recommendations for your sports practice. I was expecting interesting endurance stories of athletes and some applicable notions, but...not here. Many interesting and curious facts tough. I struggled finishing it. Well narrated.

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great read

as a recreational Runner I really enjoyed this book. running for me is more than just the activity in the sport it's the lessons that running bring me outside of it that I think about the most. this book is a great reminder about pushing against one's limits especially in times when you think you can't go on but you actually can. we are all stronger than we know.

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Inspiring for a non runner and non science geek

I’ve been running with friends this year and wanted to read my first ever “Runner’s” book. It was really good. Inspiring. Interesting. Great narrator. Unique stories. Listened to it while running sometimes too. Nice to think there’s the capacity to do more than we think and that it’s within us. Helpful when feeling tired, nice to listen to while doing chores around the house.

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interesting

From an amateur athlete's perspective - lots of interesting nuggets to think on when you're training for your chosen sport.

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Excellent book for anyone who wants to understand the human condition

Great book. Loved how the complex science of human performance is distilled down and fascinatingly explained. The narrator does a great job too - pleasant to listen to.

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Fascinating

This is everything I’ve ever wanted in a book about endurance! If you’re looking for black and white answers or specific how tos, this isn’t necessarily it…but if you want science based evidence, research analysis in language the average non scientist, athlete can understand as well as real life anecdotes and some humor, this is it! The entire book was captivating and thought provoking.

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  • 2022-07-17

Runner, cyclist, mountaineer must read!

Must read for anyone interested in endurance sports or human capacity.
Research and studies, anecdotes, historical events about endurance and human exploits covering from mental to fueling for performance.
So much good information and debunking about lots of aspects of sports.
Lots of data to absorb! I'm heading back to review a couple chapters right away.

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great book on endurance

great book for any endurance athlete. I love Alex Hutchinson's stories. Only complaint was the person narrating the audiobook butchered every Kenyan runner's name.

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Game changer

Would recommend to any athlete
Also just fascinating
You'll like breeze through the book like I did
Definitely one of the best athletic books I've "read"

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great listening if you want to know physical limit

struggled a little to finish, but glad I did. Learned that I have more inside me than I thought I had

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  • Riverside Fan
  • 2018-03-01

Loved the content; narration frustrated me

The content is wonderful, and I learned a ton. Slade doesn’t seem to have a running background. Names and places are mispronounced and at one point he makes reference to a 2 minute and 5 second marathon, which I’m imagining was written as 2:05 in the original text. Maybe I’m picky, but these things bugged me. These little things aren’t a dealbreaker; it’s still certainly worth your time.

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  • slowLoris
  • 2018-03-21

finishing this was an act of endurance

This would have earned at least 4 stars if it had been edited down by 30%. Illustrative stories and anecdotes should augment, not frustrate the reader.

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  • Jonathan Waldron
  • 2018-04-01

Excellent book, but the performance contains egregious pronunciation errors

Alex Hutchinson is an outstanding writer, one of a very few who write well about science and sport. “Endure” is a deep exploration of the science of human endurance, told in a style that moves easily from compelling story to scientific story.

Unfortunately the narrator makes a number of unforgivable pronunciation mistakes with names and places. He badly mispronounces “Kipchoge” dozens of times, each instance like fingernails on a blackboard. In other places, he reads “2:08 Marathon” as “two-minute eight-second Marathon. It’s really annoying.

I’m going to buy the book and read it, rather than listen. I recommend others do the same.

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  • Kevin
  • 2018-02-22

Great overview of endurance science

The strength of this book over those such as Matt Fitzgerald’s How Bad Do You Want It is Hutchinson’s decision to contrast and compare similar, but subtly different theories in sports psychology and sports medicine. Instead of getting behind a single view, he emphasizes the similarities among them while acknowledging the mostly academic differences that make them unique. I’m pretty sure Hutchinson could also beat Fitzgerald in a race :-P The reading could have been much better. Several words and names were consistently mispronounced or Canadianized.

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  • Christian Messerschmidt
  • 2018-02-19

I finally got the big picture!

Great job by Alex Hutchinson explaining all currently trending theories by the likes of Marcora, Noakes, Jeukendrup et al in a very cohesive manner.
I had previously read most of the individual contributor's works but put together in this fascinating book it all makes sense.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-03-07

The mind is the most powerful fuel

Alex Hutchinson does a great job intertwining science and story in this book. This book will be a great listen for those that are interested in the science behind great endurance athletes but also the unique stories of some of the greatest testaments of endurance.

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  • Rebecca
  • 2018-08-09

Interesting . . . but pretty dry

Broadly speaking, the main premise of this book is that we can do far more than we think we can. While I like the concept, the material offered by the book to support this notion is very dry. It is case study, upon case study, upon case study of athletes that were able to push past their perceived limits - and then more studies of why/how they were able to do so. The book does have some interesting stories and points to make, but I found the constant scientific information and study analysis to be too dry to hold my attention - particularly as an audio book. Perhaps it is because I am a beginner runner and just trying to find some motivation to keep at it. This book may have been more enjoyable/helpful for me if I were at the point of working on pace or distance. But for now, it just wasn't very helpful.

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  • Townsend
  • 2018-12-09

Good, if you like this kind of thing......

Face it, not everybody is interested in the technical minutiae of how the mind and body work. I happen to be one of those who find it fascinating. Though I’m not a runner and not interested in becoming one, I found this book interesting. While the focus is on running and cycling, there is useful data for any physical training - or for the merely curious. What I liked most: the wide variety of factors examined. What can we do to tap into undiscovered reserves of endurance and/or strength? Does a low carb high fat diet enhance performance? How does your body regulate its temperature and what factors contribute to heat stoke? How does your body tell you when you need to give up and should you listen to it? Can brain exercises give you an edge? Can a distraught mother pick up a Camaro to free a child pinned beneath it? And why are all the best runners Kenyans?

I didn’t have any problems with the narrator. The pacing is slow but I find that preferable for data-dense material in an unfamiliar subject. Some reviewers have criticized some pronunciations. I get that this could be a distraction for those who know how names should be pronounced but, honestly, I listened to a Kenyan pronounce “Kipchoge” several times and I still can’t say it right. The narrator comes Pretty close.

So, like I said: if you like this kind of thing you’ll like this book. If you find research about training methods, diets, body types, biochemistry, neuropsychology, etc., boring, you’ll want to spend your credits somewhere else.

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  • Brian Corbin
  • 2018-02-15

The Best!

I absolutely loved this book. He takes a look at endurance from many different perspectives and makes it easy to see where we may have room to grow as endurance sheets.

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  • MarkJ
  • 2018-03-15

excellent circumspect thesis on endurance

This is a great review and synthesis of the scientific literature around the limits of human performance. Alex beings his A game to this book with his insightful and non-biased views of the science and the scientists doing this research. loved it!

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  • Dupuy Philippe
  • 2023-01-23

Excellent Book about human performance!

Alexander Hutchinson explain with simple words and Amazing stories what the limits of human physiology are and how records Can still be broken !

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  • Leon Lopez Cuervo
  • 2023-01-02

Dense and full of technicalities - much better to read than listen

Full of knoledge and interesting information, but the content and delivery is better suited, in my opinion, for a traditional read than an audio experience.

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