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To Be a Runner: How Racing Up Mountains, Running with the Bulls, or Just Taking On a 5-K Makes You a Better Person (and the World a Better Place) Hardcover – May 10, 2011
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Dugard's sense of self confidence is evident throughout the book, but so is his ability to take motivation and inspiration from the challenges he faces. He does so with page-turning flare. --The Baltimore Sun
Martin Dugard is an amazing writer, no matter what the topic. But the fact that his latest book, To Be A Runner, is about the one subject that he lives and breathes for makes this his best book ever.
--Bob Babbitt, Competitor Magazine
"Dugard's... sense of humor shines through. This book will inspire non-athletes, while former runners may find themselves lacing up their running shoes after reading just a few chapters." - Publisher's Weekly
“Great summer beach read for the thinking runner...engrossing...if you're looking for the ideal running-related summer read, look no further than To Be a Runner. It is characterized by a rare combination of lightness and substance that makes it a pleasure to read.” ―Matt Fitzgerald, Competitor.com
“Attention all runners. If running is your life, your lifeline, your escape, or even if you're hopelessly caught up in the What Makes Sammy Run rat race – this is your book.” ―New York Times best-selling author James Patterson
“Anyone who has run has a story to tell as a result and usually behind that story is an important life lesson if we have open eyes to see it. To Be A Runner shares lessons that have been learned through the rocky, hard, sweat-filled miles as well as those miles that float by effortlessly, with extreme joy, and elation. Running is the ultimate school master. I learn something about myself, others, and life every time I lace up my shoes and head out the door. Whether you are a seasoned runner that can relate to the lessons shared in To Be A Runner or are just a beginner looking to avoid some of those painful lessons that those who have gone before can attest to you will be sure to find some gold nuggets to take with you for your next run around the block.” ―Ryan Hall, Olympian and American record holder in the half-marathon and cofounder of a The Steps Foundation, a growing community of radical runners stepping together to end global poverty
“Martin Dugard on running is like reading Anne LaMott on faith, John Grisham on law, or William S. Burroughs on drugs. He is entertaining, enlightening and inspiring. Read this book, but keep your running shoes close by. Because when you put it down, you're gonna want to go find a trail.” ―Austin Murphy, Sports Illustrated Senior Writer
“Martin Dugard has filled every role a runner can--athlete, teammate, coach, adventurer, wanderer--and, as such, writes with a perspective any runner can appreciate. Whether you're a beginner or an ultra-runner, you'll see yourself in this book, which is a testament to the important places that running takes you.” ―Dimity McDowell, co-author, Run Like A Mother: How to Get Moving and Not Lose Your Family, Job or Sanity
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Top Customer Reviews
Whether it be running up mountains, running with the bulls, coaching a cross country team or ice bathing in a river, each relatable tale is a reminder to the reader that running need not be regimented, scheduled, limited or compliant with the expectations of others. It need only be endured and enjoyed. Will it make the world a better place as stated in his absurdly long sub-title? There are no utopian promises in his prose but the author does provide a fresh perspective built on his own dynamic understanding derived from a life lived charging into the wind.
I saw this book at my local library and picked it up on a whim. What a great whim as I found this to be the perfect book for me to end my summer on. It helped to guide me with appreciating my runs, where I run, my habit of running, and to begin to think about the events and habits I am forming because of running. It gave me some great quotes to add to my massive collection that I have created for both coaching and my classroom(well, when I have a classroom).
You don't necessarily have to be a runner to enjoy this book, but it would really help. What I liked about this book is that in a subtle way it reminds all of us to not settle for mediocrity. Do something with yourself. Don't let life just pass you by, but get out there and be involved whether it is running, another sport, another hobby, etc. Look around you or maybe yourself and observe how many people are not pushing their limits to see what they are capable of actually accomplishing. This book put me at ease after a long workout or long day. A great read and I hope to find a few more books like this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. It's not a "how to," run, it's more of a memoir of someone's running life. Many pearls of wisdom. Lots of great stories. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scott W. Kummer
Getting through endurance runner Martin Dugard's Book, To Be A Runner, was, for me, an endurance test in and of itself. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Naseem Rakha
Book was passionate on the topic of running. Anyone who has structured their life around a laser focus on running will appreciate the author's approach to life and running.Published on July 23, 2014 by komalley65
Unfortunately I don't have much time to read so it's taking me a long time to read it but it's very humorous and fun to read.Published on May 7, 2014 by Coleen Gracyk-wooten
Decent read. He covers a lot of personal running journeys etc. The insight on coaching and writing books is ok too.Published on April 4, 2014 by Ted Flickinger
To be a Runner is a nice read for anyone who has been running for a while or is new to running.Published on March 20, 2014 by Michael R. Dicello