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"Reads as if someone was walking around a runner's brain and explaining how it works, functions, thinks and survives.... Ray does a really great job of laying out the details in all of his stories. It's as if they just happened and he is telling you how last weekend went over a beer. Except last weekend was a 50 miler through mud and mountains in Vermont, you know, a typical day for a runner." - PavementRunner

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"Charbonneau is the Camus of athletic suffering." - Dan Solomon
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453845631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453845639
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,747,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed the book. What Ray does best is his description of his races. That's where he excels. His running advice is good too but his personal experiences make this a good read.Too few real runners, weekend warriors, write books about their experiences. So Ray fills in the gap. For most runners there is little recognition or prizes so they run for the pure love of it. Ray's book is a tribute to that sort of runner. It captures the every day experience of just going out and doing it.
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If there's one thing Ray Charbonneau understands, it is runners. In Chasing the Runner's High he may claim that he isn't sure what a typical runner is, but if the proof is in the pudding, not only is Charbonneau a true blue, died in the wool, run in the sun, rain or snow runner, but he talks the runner's language. And it sounds like heaven.

At least it does until you remember how hard it is to get yourself out the door after bout of laziness during the holidays.

I picked up Charbonneau's "Chasing the Runner's High" sometime before the weather turned from an autumn cool--perfect for running outside--to a chill winter freeze, with temperatures hovering around 25 degrees. Suddenly, as I flipped the pages, I found myself noticing runners who were braving the weather to keep the habit up. I found phrases and anecdotes from "Chasing the Runner's High" drifting through my mind as I took a shortcut to work through a quiet neighborhood and found myself
alongside a trail through the woods. Charbonneau had hit on all the right notes, resonating with me, and reminding me of why I loved, and still love, to run. (Unlike Charbonneau, I'm not quite gutsy enough to run through injuries, which I'm working through right now).

Even in recognizing the solo nature of the sport, Charbonneau is also cognizant of the community and bond between runners, not to mention the struggles and discipline that must come with a consistent running schedule. Yes, it's an addition, but running is still hard work. Finding that community of runners lends itself to beating the odds and pushing yourself out the door even on those days when running really doesn't seem all that easy.

That's when it struck me--running really is a drug.
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By Waldo on September 13, 2011
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This was a decent read, and at times, it was like it was describing my same experience with running. I'm definitely in the "racer" category as described in the book. And it definitely gives a glimpse of the runner addict's mind and some of the things that we do to rationalize our own running.
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If there's one thing Ray Charbonneau understands, it is runners. In Chasing the Runner's High he may claim that he isn't sure what a typical runner is, but if the proof is in the pudding, not only is Charbonneau a true blue, died in the wool, run in the sun, rain or snow runner, but he talks the runner's language. And it sounds like heaven.

At least it does until you remember how hard it is to get yourself out the door after bout of laziness during the holidays.

I picked up Charbonneau's "Chasing the Runner's High" sometime before the weather turned from an autumn cool--perfect for running outside--to a chill winter freeze, with temperatures hovering around 25 degrees. Suddenly, as I flipped the pages, I found myself noticing runners who were braving the weather to keep the habit up. I found phrases and anecdotes from "Chasing the Runner's High" drifting through my mind as I took a shortcut to work through a quiet neighborhood and found myself alongside a trail through the woods. Charbonneau had hit on all the right notes, resonating with me, and reminding me of why I loved, and still love, to run. (Unlike Charbonneau, I'm not quite gutsy enough to run through injuries, which I'm working through right now).

Even in recognizing the solo nature of the sport, Charbonneau is also cognizant of the community and bond between runners, not to mention the struggles and discipline that must come with a consistent running schedule. Yes, it's an addition, but running is still hard work. Finding that community of runners lends itself to beating the odds and pushing yourself out the door even on those days when running really doesn't seem all that easy.

That's when it struck me--running really is a drug.
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I am not a runner but share some of Ray's compulsive characteristics. I found the book very well organized and although I intended to read it a chapter at a time over several days the lively prose proved to be too fascinating for me to put the book down longer than it took to get the next cup of coffee. I liked the organization with each chapter discussing in depth a particular facet of his addiction to running.

I liked his description of his reasons for his choices. I think that his discussions would be very helpful if I were starting out as a runner. Since he gave his reasons for why he made his choices this book could be used as a starting point for a beginner to make some initial gear, logging, and training choices, recognize whether or not they were working,and figure out what aspect of running gives the beginning runner the most joy. I expect there are more definitive works to get a runner started but this book is a fun read instead of a dry read.

I very much enjoyed Ray's writing style and eagerly await his next effort.
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