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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; Original edition (November 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598699601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598699609
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Larry Shapiro, PhD (Madison, WI), has run six marathons and, most recently, competed in an Iron Man triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run). He has souvenir shirts from at least a dozen 10k races and six 20 mile races. When not in training, he’ll run between 20 and 25 miles per week. When training, this number can balloon to about 40 miles per week. He has his MA and PhD in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a philosophy professor at the University of Wisconsin. He is widely published in philosophy and has an international reputation. His area of specialization is philosophy of mind, which deals with questions concerning the nature of mind and its relation to the body.

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The examples are practical and easy to follow.
Peter Daly
The author's discussion of mindfulness is one of the clearest explanations I've ever seen in any yoga or philosophy book I've encountered.
Miss Darcy
This book is easy to read and interesting and I think everyone should read it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Celine Derudder on August 27, 2012
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First, if you are looking for a how-to guide and programme, this might not be your best choice.
It's more of a "companion book" to your typical running book - although it does include very sensible advice about the different kinds of trainings and lists the most usual injuries.

The true originality and added value of this book is to encourage you to take a step back towards your running habits, put small annoying things into perspective, like rain or cold (or bigger things, like injuries, set backs etc.)

The idea is to "let go" and to have a more peaceful approach to running, not so results-focused but process-focused (it's the journey...")
There is a small part on meditation, but nothing hardcore or that would put you off if that's not your thing or if you want to skip that bit. I did. By the way, meditation sounds a lot tougher than running does.

I liked that the author gave some personal examples here and there, about his being a family man and university professor: the tips were less abstract that way. Likewise there were pretty cool quotes, including buddhist ones (ex : "We become what we think").

I just read some great reviews for a book in the same spirit called "Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind". If you haven't read either, it's probably worth checking out a sample of both to see which one you'd like best!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne B on April 23, 2012
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I found this book a very easy read ...both informative and entertaining. I have run both half marathons and a marathon in the past but was looking for help with my training as I age gracefully! I have applied many of the principals both to my running and my day to day life ...particularly the principals of "right effort" and "the middle way" A "must read" for runners of all ages and abilities.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By cyswatter on January 19, 2012
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Love the title but was unmoved by the content. May have application for others. I did not find the advice particularly useful or mindful. Guess anything that helps people get out to run on days they don't feel motivated or are finding excuses could be a good thing. I just didn't find the advice helpful or particularly zen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Carlisle on February 6, 2013
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Mindful, yet educational. Was able to logically separate the urgent from the real. The excuses we make not to do something are all the more reason to run.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chretien P. Schatorie on November 27, 2012
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good writing, but pretty obvious. expected something else. still, some nice tips for runners and running lovers, but again, the title suggested something more deep
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By blue_sky_book_sales on April 3, 2012
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This book is just great. Aside from its benefit for runners, it's an extremely practical book for anyone trying to understand meditation and eastern thinking. The book provides practical, every day examples for using meditation to help overcome obstacles, so I loved it for that. And it goes further to explain in detail how to overcome the plethora of issues associated with running. This book is easy to read and interesting and I think everyone should read it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By loves purses on January 22, 2013
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I really liked this book for the first chapter or 2, but then it quickly became boring. It probably should have been a free book that was about 30 pages long. After the first it's just repetitive and states the obvious.
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This book isn't going to make you into the buddha instantly. But if you listen to its tenets, you can practice a more relaxed form of running that will bring you a lot more peace than running with intensity.
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