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From the Back Cover

"Charbonneau is the Camus of athletic suffering." - Dan Solomon

About the Author

Ray Charbonneau lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with his wife Ruth and their two cats, Felix and Phoebe.  Ray and Ruth can often be found running on the streets and trails of Arlington and the surrounding towns, but Felix and Phoebe stay inside. 

Ray's work has appeared in both national dead-tree publications and landfill-saving electronic formats.  His articles on running have appeared in the Boston Globe, Ultrarunning, Marathon & Beyond, Level Renner, Cool Running and other publications.   Find out more at y42k.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453845631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453845639
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,653,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ray Charbonneau is the author of a number of books on running. That number is currently four. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, Ultrarunning, Marathon & Beyond, Level Renner, Cool Running, and other publications. He's also the editor of "The 27th Mile", a benefit anthology for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Ray has run more than thirty marathons and ultramarathons, including one and a half 100 mile races, without winning a single one. But there's always tomorrow. He lives in Arlington, MA with his wife and their two cats. Ray and Ruth are often out on the streets running, but Felix and Phoebe stay inside. Find out more at www.y42k.com.

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If there's one thing Ray Charbonneau understands, it is runners. In Chasing the Runner's High he may claim that he isn't sure what a typical runner is, but if the proof is in the pudding, not only is Charbonneau a true blue, died in the wool, run in the sun, rain or snow runner, but he talks the runner's language. And it sounds like heaven.

At least it does until you remember how hard it is to get yourself out the door after bout of laziness during the holidays.

I picked up Charbonneau's "Chasing the Runner's High" sometime before the weather turned from an autumn cool--perfect for running outside--to a chill winter freeze, with temperatures hovering around 25 degrees. Suddenly, as I flipped the pages, I found myself noticing runners who were braving the weather to keep the habit up. I found phrases and anecdotes from "Chasing the Runner's High" drifting through my mind as I took a shortcut to work through a quiet neighborhood and found myself
alongside a trail through the woods. Charbonneau had hit on all the right notes, resonating with me, and reminding me of why I loved, and still love, to run. (Unlike Charbonneau, I'm not quite gutsy enough to run through injuries, which I'm working through right now).

Even in recognizing the solo nature of the sport, Charbonneau is also cognizant of the community and bond between runners, not to mention the struggles and discipline that must come with a consistent running schedule. Yes, it's an addition, but running is still hard work. Finding that community of runners lends itself to beating the odds and pushing yourself out the door even on those days when running really doesn't seem all that easy.

That's when it struck me--running really is a drug.
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I enjoyed the book. What Ray does best is his description of his races. That's where he excels. His running advice is good too but his personal experiences make this a good read.Too few real runners, weekend warriors, write books about their experiences. So Ray fills in the gap. For most runners there is little recognition or prizes so they run for the pure love of it. Ray's book is a tribute to that sort of runner. It captures the every day experience of just going out and doing it.
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I just finished Ray's book, and I was thoroughly satisfied. I'm not a runner, but the book was recommended to me by a family member, so I decided to check it out.

It was an enjoyable book. I was interested in how his runner's "addiction" came over him, the highs and lows, and his reasons behind the choices he made in life. he really brought me out on the road with him, and I got insight into a world I never really spent much time in.

As I said, I probably would have given it a 5 if I was a runner myself. One section about clothing choices was a bit dry. If I needed to make those kinds of choices, though, I'm sure I would have found it informative.

All in all, I would recommend it for anyone who wants a humorous, insightful view into the human spirit,runner or no.
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Excellent read if you are a runner, which I am. I could identify with Ray while reading because I have had similar experiences.
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If there's one thing Ray Charbonneau understands, it is runners. In Chasing the Runner's High he may claim that he isn't sure what a typical runner is, but if the proof is in the pudding, not only is Charbonneau a true blue, died in the wool, run in the sun, rain or snow runner, but he talks the runner's language. And it sounds like heaven.

At least it does until you remember how hard it is to get yourself out the door after bout of laziness during the holidays.

I picked up Charbonneau's "Chasing the Runner's High" sometime before the weather turned from an autumn cool--perfect for running outside--to a chill winter freeze, with temperatures hovering around 25 degrees. Suddenly, as I flipped the pages, I found myself noticing runners who were braving the weather to keep the habit up. I found phrases and anecdotes from "Chasing the Runner's High" drifting through my mind as I took a shortcut to work through a quiet neighborhood and found myself alongside a trail through the woods. Charbonneau had hit on all the right notes, resonating with me, and reminding me of why I loved, and still love, to run. (Unlike Charbonneau, I'm not quite gutsy enough to run through injuries, which I'm working through right now).

Even in recognizing the solo nature of the sport, Charbonneau is also cognizant of the community and bond between runners, not to mention the struggles and discipline that must come with a consistent running schedule. Yes, it's an addition, but running is still hard work. Finding that community of runners lends itself to beating the odds and pushing yourself out the door even on those days when running really doesn't seem all that easy.

That's when it struck me--running really is a drug.
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