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George Sheehan on Running to Win: How to Achieve the Physical, Mental and Spiritual Victories of Running Paperback – April 15, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (April 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875962173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875962177
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book's subtitle describes it best. While exploring the interconnectedness of running with the mind, body, and spirit, Sheehan, a well-known doctor, runner, and author of many books on running such as Personal Best (Rodale Pr., 1989), also provides sound, practical advice on training and racing. This book will appeal to "middle of the pack" runners who are more interested in the quality of their running and training, rather than the quantity. Older runners, and those who simply want to smell the flowers along the way instead of putting in 100-mile weeks, will also be interested. Sheehan's emphasis is on running by the clock (time) instead of concentrating on running megamiles. Sheehan advocates listening to the body, mind, and spirit to determine how far and how fast to run. For large sports collections.
- Susan L. Patton, Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ann Sheybani on April 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
In grade school, I was one of those kids. The kind no one picked for their team. Instead, I lurked on the sidelines with Arlene, a fragile girl who made osteoporosis look sturdy. And Joanne, a chubby thing with an attitude problem. The trouble with me was that I refused to run. Instead, I galloped. Like a horse.

In my teens, I sniffed at sports. I skied a little, skated some, rode a bike around town until I got my license. I swam during college to keep the weight off. Took a few aerobics classes when Jane Fonda was all the rage. I once went "running" with an inspiring girlfriend. But that lasted a mile, at which point I threw up.

Billie Jean King was clearly someone I was not.

It wasn't until I moved to Iran that I missed all the activities I'd ignored in the States. Suddenly, there were a million and one things I could no longer do.

Where I was living, an athletic woman was considered tawdry. Iranians had nothing against an active woman, per se. Moving and sweating, after all, were part of their way.It's that an athlete exposes her body in public. Which spits in the face of Islamic modesty.

I found it gross that an Iranian girl could ride her bike until nine. But, at ten years old-- when she could legally marry-- she was scandalous for doing the very same thing. I found it unfair that women-- in an all female gym--had to exercise in long sleeves and a scarf. In case some random man wandered in. And there was that friend of a friend, who ran on a walled-in track. Wearing a trench coat and scarf in 90-degree weather. You might as well throw on a parka before hitting the sauna.

The forbiden turned into that which I yearned for. I thought, while I de-stoned the rice for dinner, how nice it would be to bike across Iran.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donna Barnes on December 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This narrative by George Sheehan transcends running. Although it is 'sport-specific', Dr. Sheehan has shown us the 'Way', and he does it simplistically. This book should be read by all atheletes, regardless of their particular sport. He is telling us something here...
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm relatively new to running and haven't read anything else written by Dr. Sheehan...but I certainly plan to.
The man can write. The book is broken into little one or two page essays (maybe former RW columns?) which are, if nothing else, good bathroom reading fodder.
If you're looking for a book which will help you set a new PR, you should probably look elsewhere, but if you're a true running afficianado(sp?), pick up a copy of this book and you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith L. Young on November 29, 2013
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Loved the book when I was running seriously in the 80's. Sheehan makes running a lifestyle, not a sport. Had the pleasure of running with him. Bought it for my daughter who has started running.
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