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Running the Edge: Discovering the Secrets to Better Running and a Better Life Paperback – September 10, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Llc; Revised 1st ed. edition (September 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615428851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615428857
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Terzah Becker on December 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I live in Boulder, domain of runners but also of Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle and other New Age-y, self-help-y, laughing-all-the-way-to-the-bank-at-our-neuroses types. I'm not a fan of this stuff, or of the self-help, self-love and self-improvement movements or pop psychology in general. The ideas of "because I deserve it" and other Oprah-esque cloakings of hedonism are big turn-offs. I (and I'd wager many middle- and upper-class Americans) actually do plenty for ourselves. It's other people we should be focusing on.

That said, I do believe that while perfection isn't possible and happiness isn't reached via a check-list or a particular spiritual practice or a set of goals, improving one's character IS a worthy process to embrace. That's where Running the Edge: Discover the Secrets to Better Running and a Better Life comes in.

Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano were teammates on the University of Colorado cross-country team made famous (among runners anyway) by the book Running With the Buffaloes. Goucher went on to become a professional runner and an Olympian, while Catalano coached runners and taught. In the introduction to this book, they say they wrote it because "both of us realized that as good as our lives were, we could do better."

Though non-runners won't relate to a lot of the material here, becoming a better runner is really only a sub-point. The point is becoming a better person--in your family life, your education and other facets--by examining yourself in what Goucher and Catalano called the "six mirrors," among them initiative and personability. There are exercises at the ends of the "working" section of the book to help you do this.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Cassatt on December 27, 2011
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I couldn't get past the first 75 pages of this self help book disguised as a running book. I love running and really respect the authors as runners. If this book were just a motivational book about running I think I could have stomached it. But the authors spend most of their time lecturing the reader about how to life your life and how to be exceptional in all aspects of it. I'm sorry, but outside of running, what have the authors done to convince us that they know anything more about life than anyone else. Basically this book finds a hundred ways to repeat the mantra "Carpe Diem". Enough already, I get it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Longboat on December 8, 2012
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The book's best parts deal with why running is so important to runners, why we run, and the common bonds between all runners. Some very good stories from Adam and Tim are highly entertaining. Some inspiring portions work very well.
The primary focus is a basic self-improvement theme for running and life. Definitely not a short-cut approach. Certainly it's good to be reminded of what we could and should do, and I took some of those reminders away from the book.
However, the approach is pretty simple, and appears to be aimed at high school runners. I'd certainly recommend it for HS XC & track runners. For an adult... not so much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia C.C. on January 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm not sure who the audience for this book is supposed to be. The authors spend a considerable percentage of the book talking about how cool, crazy, freaky, and fantastic runners are. Better than everyone else. But the authors also indicate that no non-runner could ever understand what it's like to be a runner, saying that explaining a runner to a non-runner is like explaining the color blue to someone who can see only black and white. Okay. So the descriptions of runners aren't for the benefit of non-runners (because they couldn't possibly understand), but those descriptions aren't at all necessary for a runner, because they already understand. So, in essence, all of those endless, aren't-we-super-cool descriptions of runners appear to be nothing more than pointless ego boosts. We get it. You think you're awesome. And not once, ever, do the authors indicate that in every profession, pursuit, hobby, etc., can be found people who are just as dedicated in what they do as runners are in what they do. This is, of course, a book about running, but the clear implication throughout the book is that only runners exhibit true, single-minded dedication.

The self-help portions of the book are not in the least useful. They are far too general. This is how each such portion typically goes: think of all your good qualities, think of all your bad qualities, reflect on them; great, now you're one step closer to being a distance maven. ??? Each self-help section simply asks you to spend time being introspective. That's all well and good. Introspection is a great first step to self-improvement. But, first, recommending introspection is hardly a new or unique idea, and, second, introspection in and of itself doesn't cause a person to change. The book never really goes any further.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DGJ on November 7, 2012
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How to take your passions and drive for running and apply to the rest of your life. The book takes you through some psychology on self-examination of your different "life stories" including running, career, education, family, and passions and teaches you to view yourself honestly. If you do the exercizes in the book, you get a good picture of yourself in each of these areas and the authors show that you can apply the same disciplines you have in your running to the rest of your life.

The authors are very open and honest I felt like I got to know them personally in a way. There were some lessons and humor all through the book.
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