Jim Axelrod's Long Run

Friday, June 17, 2011

Jim Axelrod, a national correspondent for CBS News, talks about how his late father inspired him to run the New York Marathon in 2009. In the Long Run: A Father, a Son, and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness is an account of his effort to run the New York Marathon and beat his father’s time—at age 46, his father finished in 3:29:58. Along the way, he confronts his listing marriage, career upsets caused by the changing television news industry, shin splints, and a badly timed kidney stone.


Jim Axelrod

Comments [3]

Kathy from Raleigh

You have a way with words, Jim! Loved reading the book and how you were able to pull together all the parts of your life - inspiring. Plus your discussion of this evolution is very engaging. Encourages all of us to straighten our sails.

Jun. 18 2011 09:46 AM
wendy from NYC

I ran my first (of 2) marathon when I was 40 - I was never particularly athletic but did some running for years and bike riding. I felt that training for and running a marathon would teach me patience - not a strength of mine. You can't cram for a marathon. In addition to learning and accepting patience, gaining the sense of endurance and accomplishment can change your life. Bravo Jim.

Jun. 17 2011 01:21 PM

Very honest thoughtful book. His wife deserves a medal.

Jun. 17 2011 09:04 AM

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