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Running & Being: The Total Experience Hardcover – September 1, 1998


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"Dr. George Sheehan is perhaps our most important philosopher of sport."--"Sports Illustrated", 1978 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

By publishing this 20th-anniversary edition of his signature work, the Sheehan family hopes to make George Sheehan's work available to all athletes. We encourage you to read his words, and we hope you find on its pages the inspiration to lead your own athletic journey that might help you become the person you were meant to be.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Second Wind II (NJ) (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966631803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966631807
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like philosophical books, but I wasn't expecting it in this book so I was put off.
Mike Janes
The best book I have ever read for runners and non-runners alike due to it's phsycological assessment of life itself!
Raymond Otto
Although running is obviously very much in the physical realm, Sheehan points us to its spiritual aspects.
Peter Harris

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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By gary.dotzler@intel.com on February 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
For the Sheehan neophyte, let me say this, this is NOT a book to learn how run better. It IS a book to become a better person. Dr. Sheehan is simply one of us; a runner who happens to write. The beauty of this book is that Sheehan doesn't candy coat his stories. He tells running as it is, as he is. You'll read this book and continually say, "My god, that's it, that's what I feel, that's how I am too." Soon, things you'd suspected about yourself, become clearer. Questions like, "Why do you run?", begin to have meaningful answers.
I have read tons about running and if I had to rank them, all Dr. Sheehan's books would be on the top of the list (But "R&B" is the best of his stuff, so start there). If you want the definitive book on all the technical details about running, get Glover's "Competetive Runner's Handbook" (make sure "Competetive" is in the title). If you want or need helping understanding life, read all of Sheehan's stuff. Heck those two books (Sheehan & Glover) are really all you need for years of PR's and spiritual growth.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By bdaniher@aol.com on October 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Sheehan forges new ground in discussing running. Any serious runner will readily identify with his emotional insights and his ability to relate running and life. Truly inspiring at points, Sheehan goes well beyond running to a philosophy of life that can apply to any athlete.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle S. Berryman on January 20, 2014
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These were by far the best and most interesting chapters for me. In fact, everything from chapter 9 onward was pretty good, but the first 8 were slow and kind of dragged on a bit.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Lubin on September 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Imagine - a book on running that doesn't delve into the minutia of split times, hydration, or shoe color...Dr George Sheehan's fine book just talks about the joy of running.

Quoting Greek and other philosophers (which include his beer-drinking buddies on the Jersey shore) Sheehan writes of the midlife crisis that got him back on the roads again, and how running helped make him a better human being.

It was years later that science charted the endomorphins that proved Sheehan's point; he already knew the effect running had on improving his life. It improved other lives also; Dr Sheehan was a regular speaker at our varsity XC banquets back in the late 60's; and he was as entertaining and motivating in person as he was 10 years later in print.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Albert Alvarez on June 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys philosophy and deep reflection on the meaning of life. I am not much of a reader but once I picked up this book I simply could not put it down. Sheehan has a way a putting together the pain and joy of sports and shows you how you cannot have one without the other. He reminds us that in order to gain the glory of sports, we must endure the pain which is sure to come every time we challenge ourselves. Every time I run, I am able to remember at least one line out of this very powerful book. This helps me to remember that I am not alone, at least not as a pain-enduring athlete.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Harris on April 10, 2013
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Written both for the casual and competitive runners, Running & Being chronicles the middle-aged return to running of George Sheehan, the sport's medical and spiritual guru. This 35th anniversary edition (it was also updated in 1998) includes a foreword by Sheehan's son Andrew and renowned writer, runner Kenny Moore. Andrew explains how his dad came to be the first 50-year-old to run a mile in under five minutes and how he used running to simplify and embrace life. In the intro, Olympian marathoner and journalist Kenny Moore praises Sheehan as a writer and philosopher and credits him with bringing runners everywhere back to the "Tao of running."

As the bestselling author of eight books, Dr. George Sheehan is an important voice on the practice and philosophy of running. Although running is obviously very much in the physical realm, Sheehan points us to its spiritual aspects. Running & Being strikes a balance between practical advice and Sheehan's insights and anecdotes on the emotions running evokes. This book stresses the importance of understanding the activities we practice--in that sense, any athlete would benefit from the nuggets of wisdom from the sagely Sheehan.
Other books likely of interest: The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei (which I recently received as a review copy) and Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Regina Wilson on May 2, 2013
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I love the way Sheehan talks about running as just more than a physical act, but he also writes about how running can become a spiritual act that can have positive effects on all other aspects of our lives. I love running and even though I will never be a world class runner, not at my age any way, for me running is more than just exercise or a weight-loss option. I related to Sheehan's view of distance runners as introverts who live in an extroverted world and how running gave him an opportunity to connect with the deepest part of himself to allow him to function fully in a world that makes demands on us. Running for me does the same. It connects, as Sheehan states my mind, body and spiritual aspects as a whole. That is why I have titled this review as "The Tao of Running"!
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