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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
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are relative serious runner, you probably have at least glanced at a copy of one of the top top running magazines, "Runner's World" and "Running Times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by WDX2BB
A lot of love/hate reviews for this book. I agree there is a lot of fluff, but I also found a lot of inspiration in this book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tony Markey
Very disappointed in this book. Basic information. No details. More of a source that sites where to find information about running.... ie top books, top athletes, top races etc. Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by Christie K
I only have one word to describe this book: romantic. I have never read a better or more endearing and honest take on running--both for beginners and advanced runners. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Fit Bottomed Girls
Written for a four year old. It is hard to imagine a book with more worthless and trivial information spelled out in such simple and mind numbing fashion. Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by Spacemiller