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Long May You Run: all. things. running. Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 19, 2010

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Although I have competed in races from the mile to the Boston Marathon, run in foreign countries, on beautiful beaches, through National Parks, and across the Golden Gate Bridge, my running life was lacking something: a good book. Sure, there are many good running books already out there, but I wanted a book that would keep me turning the pages to learn things about running I never knew. One that would help me fill the gaps in my running career, challenge me, and also make me chuckle once in a while. A book that would keep me coming back to it whenever I needed the inspiration of a swift kick in the butt.

That is why I wrote this one—with a little help from nineteen world-class runners and authors. Inside you will discover a whimsical and enlightening collection of nearly 200 topics ranging from training advice and statistics to resolutions and achievable running goals, plus other types of good-to-know information for enhancing the experiences and enjoyment of runners of all ages and abilities. Among other things, you will learn the one road race everybody needs to run; how you can win a race even when finishing last; the “destination” runs every runner needs to experience; where to find a luxury ocean cruise just for runners; what to do with your old running shoes and race T-shirts; how listening to the right song and using visualization can improve your performance; and how you can “give back” and be a vital part of the running community. You will also find uplifting anecdotes on runners who have overcome personal challenges and detailed information on races from the popular to the obscure and from the fun to the formidable.

Adding to the uniqueness of this book are recommendations and tips that have been contributed exclusively by the elite group of runners and authors listed on the following page, for the purpose of enhancing your lifelong experience as a runner. All of us hope this extraordinary book will help keep your running fresh and inspire you to continue following the passion you have for the sport as long as you live.

© 2010 Chris Cooper


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439193878
  • ASIN: B0057DAS1Q
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,185,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Running has been Chris Cooper's passion for over twenty years. Chris competes as a serious amateur in all race distances, having won two city-wide road races and a duathlon in his racing career, along with numerous trophies and awards. Chris is also a Boston Marathon finisher for which he qualified with a sub three-hour marathon. Consequently, his running and writing background have allowed him to render these experiences in an insightful and intelligent way as they pertain to this book.

Chris holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduation, Chris became involved in the field of opinion research as a member of his firm's polling unit. His responsibilities included analyzing and reporting results of the ABC News/Washington Post exit polls during primary and general elections. Since then, Chris has acquired considerable experience writing qualitative and quantitative reports and executive summaries for clients in the pharmaceutical industry as a member of a marketing consulting firm. Among his additional responsibilities are conducting in-depth, personal interviews and group discussions with consumers, patients, and physicians.

Chris is also a freelance Contributing Writer for an informational website, and a member of the respected Brandywine Valley Writers Group in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He also hosts his own Weblog called Writing on the Run, as well as his own Web site.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donna G. on October 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As an avid runner I have read a LOT of books on the subject but this one still taught me stuff I didn't know. There's great training advice, words of inspiration and recommendations from running super stars, races that I've added to my "to do before the knees give out" list, and mini homages to some of the greats of the sport. Anywhere you open the book there's something cool - and having a place to log races done in every state makes this one a keeper, even after it's well mulled.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Quincy on February 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I assumed that this book was a general reference work for running. It is not. Instead, it is a nicely designed series of anecdotes. Essentially, the book presents little tidbits about running in sections of 1-3 pages. We get fairly banal advice like "Join a Running Club," or "Keep a Running Journal." As the book moves along, we are told to "Run Backward," "Run on Thanksgiving Morning," "Wear Your Shades," "Watch Chariots of Fire," and we are given the "Best Race Names."

I am rather surprised all the positive reviews. Perhaps it can "inspire" people, as another reviewer has mentioned. However, the book lacks depth and reads like a power point presentation. I don't need a book that spits out cute trivia and anecdotes, I want useful information regarding the sport of running.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Living in the California Sierras we love with a passion the out of doors. Be it skiing in winter, kayaking in summer, bike riding, hikes, backpacking and running. And being subscribers to running magazines over the years I have to admit this is the BEST book I now own on the subject.

What makes it the BEST is the simple fact its wise, funny and actually useful no matter if you are a beginner or novice. Love how the author incorporates information as varied as how to buy shoes, but whom to donate your old shoes to. Or movies, books, songs with running themes.

Chariots of Fire is my favorite and comes out as #1 with the author as well. Foods, sleep, water and other topics are also discussed. Heck, he even notes Biblical passages related to running which interested me simply because I am also a bibliophile and have read often that Paul in the New Testament was in Greece during one Olympics and used running themes to show his views about life and 'run the good fight' etc.

And the photos/illustrations in the book are so helpful. And I so appreciate the quality binding and cover construction which isn't cheap or shoddy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By subcapt on November 17, 2010
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This is a very interesting, enjoyable book. It is collection of short topics on running; some factual, some philosophical, and some quirky. If you are a runner, wish you were a runner or know a runner you should check this out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather Rankin on March 12, 2011
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I bought this the day I heard the author on NPR discussing his book. He was so funny and insightful, and just by a couple of comments he made I knew he had the love/hate addiction and relationship with running that many of us share. If you aren't a runner, this would be a great gift because it's different than a lot of typical running books out there. This is one of my favorite lines...he said " you know you're a runner if you've ever driven past someone out on a run and felt a pang of jealousy." Hope you enjoy it, I did!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maclady on October 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for serious runners and non-runners alike. It's a collection of over 100 brief yet succinct essays on ALL THINGS RUNNING that can tempt even a couch potato like me to think out loud: "yes, I can try this." It's full of interesting tidbits and helpful information that will motivate one to start or continue to run. But best of all, the tone of the book is light and fun, making it an easy read. This Christmas I'm going to give this book to everyone on my list who might be remotely interested in this topic.
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