INSPIRING PEOPLE: Matthew Long, New York Firefighter & Endurance Athlete

I have now listened to the audio version of Matthew Long’s “The Long Run” for the third time.

Matt’s book (and life story) is so interesting on so many different levels and the audio version gives it a real bite of ‘New York’ realism.

I don’t want to give away the entire story, but if you are a fan of real-life inspirational stories (as I am), then this will be one of the most compelling you’ll ever read or listen to.

WARNING – For those of you who would like to learn more about Matt, his story and his Foundation, then read on (there is also a Video that is well worth watching)… if not, then don’t scroll beyond this image!

Matt’s Story:

“On the morning of December 22, 2005, Matt Long was cycling to work in the early morning when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn.

The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of his life. Miraculously, after more than 40 operations and five months in the hospital, Matt was able to start his recovery.

In spite of the severity of his injuries, Matt found the psychological consequences of the accident nearly as hard to process. He would no longer be able to compete at the highest level.

In the 18 months before the accident, he had competed in more than 20 events including several triathlons and marathons and had qualified for running’s most prestigious race, the Boston Marathon.

After the accident, his doctor told him he’d be lucky if he could even walk without a cane.

“The Long Run” is an emotional and incredibly honest story about Matt’s determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had.

The book chronicles Matt’s road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon – a gimpy seven-and-a-half hour journey through the five boroughs.

‘Running saved my life’, Matt says, and his embrace of the running community and insistence on competing in the marathon has inspired many, turning him into a symbol of hope and recovery for untold numbers of others.”

Here is a TED talk featuring Matt:

And, just so you know who I am…. I’m Kevin Matthews, Producer of the Maximise Potential Podcast, and from time to time I try and put my own perspective on situations I’ve faced over the years and share the lessons that I’ve learnt.

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Hi, I'm Tom Burkinshaw, I co-produce the Maximise Your Potential Podcast and Website and my goal is to help as many people as possible be successful in life, careers and business, by offering free coaching and mentoring through a series of unique interviews from inspiring people who all display exceptional self-belief, mental toughness and desire to achieve. Thank you for taking the time to visit Maximise Your Potential!