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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605295337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605295336
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

RUNNER’S WORLD is the worldwide authority on running information. It aims to help runners of all ages and abilities achieve their health, fitness, and performance goals and to inspire them with vivid, memorable storytelling.

Customer Reviews

Inspirational stories abound in this 390 page book.
jeff knapp
There were also several others that were worth reading but, unfortunately, there were many others that I just did not find interesting.
Mike Mertens
A very easy quick inspirational, motivational, and fun read.
JRH

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By jeff knapp on June 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
My girlfriend received a free copy of this book at the Big Sur booth at the Boston Marathon Expo. A free copy was given out to competitors that were signed up to take on the inaugural "Boston 2 Big Sur" challenge. Runners were invited to run Boston then run Big Sur on the opposite coast 6 days later.

This book, is manna in the wilderness. There is something here for everyone. Inspirational stories abound in this 390 page book. My favorite is Charles Butler's story on New York City's own Matt Long. Matt, a career fireman, was crushed by a 20-ton bus while trying to get to work on his bike in 28 degrees during an illegal strike by the Transport Worker's Union. The bus, hired by brokerage firm Bear Sterns to get its employees to work, made an illegal turn and Matt paid the price. The police arrived to find what was left of Long under the bus with his handle bar through his intestines.

The story goes on to tell of the epic struggle of this man to regain his will to live and then train to take on the New York City Marathon!

Readers are also treated to two stories from John Cheever's son Benjamin H. Cheever. I will never refer to Benjamin H. Cheever as John Cheever's son again. The son moves out from beyond his father's shadow and is easily the finest writer in this collection.

This book is a must for any running enthusiast. I got a lot of pleasure out of devouring the 30 stories. I'd buy it at twice the price.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By reformer2004 on July 22, 2010
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I'd like to thank the Runners' World crew for putting this book together. Great, great read about a set of truly inspirational runners. It's a very quick read (and I'm a slow reader) and the stories are as interesting as they are motivational. Highly, highly recommend this book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Maguire on June 2, 2010
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These stories are all from "Runner's World" Magazine from the previous 7 years... and they're all exceptional in their own way.

The stories are told well and they come in comfortable bite-sized chapters.

They inspire, entertain, motivate, enlighten and hit all the low and high points of your emotions throughout the book's journey.

I'm surprised by the quality of this book! I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Reynolds on September 3, 2010
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The chapters are a collection of informative and inspirational stories that have been printed in Runner's World in the past. All were worth reading again (even if you read them all the first time around) !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LM on February 18, 2013
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This book didn't provide what I was looking for with regards to a running novel. There were a couple of interesting stories, but it is just a compilation of other books...I think I would have rather read the whole other books rather than just a little segment of others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Staci126 on November 14, 2010
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I wish I had not waited so long to buy this book. A few of the stories I have read before in the magazine, but I'm enjoying them again. I can't wait to get home from work, or from running, to read more of this book. I am so glad to own it so I can read it again and again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marianna Batie on November 16, 2010
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This collection of short stories is perfect for a busy runner. Most of us are already "squeezing in" our runs between work, dinner, childcare, etc., so it's gratifying to be able to read a whole story in a few minutes. The Table of Contents gives you a hint as to subject/content of each of the stories; thus, you can choose what you need to inspire you at the moment. I am thoroughly enjoying this book.
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A really good to read on the run. It has short stories that can be read in a short time and start a new story when the time presents itself.
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