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Running & Being: The Total Experience Hardcover – September, 1998
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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.
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.
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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I have no knowledge of this guy other than this book. I suspect many of the glowing reviews may be based more on his other works. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Mr. Cliche Shekels
I had never read any of Sheehan’s books before and wish I had. Way before anyone knew the scientific benefits of exercise he felt it and wrote out it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Classic. I bought it to replace the original version that I bought in the late 70's. Must have for your library of running books.Published 1 month ago by Gerard F Doyle
This book, like running, is not for everyone. But if you recognize yourself in the above description, or think you might, this book will hit you extremely close.Published 1 month ago by maxgentle
Written like a combination of narrative and a series of blog posts. Great insights into what motivates someone to run and what you get out of it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael J. McGinniss
Easy to read was recommended by a friend and is exactly as was described, full of every day information.Published 9 months ago by Carol A. Rayfield
I first discovered this book over 30 years ago when I first became a runner. George was my guru, and I read him everyday. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ray Zink