The Long Run (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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The book begins; describing his drinking troubles and various moves from Massachusetts to Colorado and eventually back to New York by way of Colorado again. Shubaly finally got his undergraduate degree. It wasn't easy for him though, as he describes "More than once, I woke in the middle of the night, crying uncontrollably.....I got straight A's." So even though he was barely functioning alcohol, he still did well at school. Later his plan was to either go to rehab or grad school. He moved back to Manhattan with $300. He applied to one school, saving his last $75 for the application, which ironically he had to use to pay for an open container ticket. He paid it and then borrowed the application fee and lo and behold was accepted to Columbia University. It is amazing that someone as screwed up as he is, was able to graduate with an undergraduate degree, let alone a Master's.
Shubaly's darkest period came about at this time. He moved onto songwriting and made a name for himself (sort of) and proceeded to up his addiction to various drugs - Oxycontin, Vicodin and Opana (a narcotic made famous by the movie "Drug store Cowboy's.) The downward spiral continued.Read more ›
In purchasing this single I was more interested in the running-redemption connection than anything else, as in how running made him feel or how it changed his perspective or how it helped him confront issues of his past. I didn't get any of that in this book. I saw no real growth in the author-- only the discovery that pushing himself to his utmost physical limit distracted him enough to allow him to be able to hold back his drug addiction. If he were to be injured again for a long period of time it seems there'd be a high potential for falling back on old behaviors.
It's not that I expected him to emerge at the end a totally cured, perfect human being, I just expected more of a delve into the personal and philosophical connection between running and recovering rather than a mere description of how he started running.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Liked this book a lot. It showed how change is a process. One step at a time. Overall, great read.Published 6 days ago by PhillyFan
The authors mixture of struggles, despair and self destruction are written with wit and humor (dark humor). Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
Great read from some one who has been through these bad times and am trying out this running lark, well worth a readPublished 10 days ago
Inspiring story of life's great redemption. I'm so impressed with the raw truth and honesty of his story. Makes me want to run.Published 25 days ago by Bryce Boddie
I love all this guy's writing and this is one of the best, in my opinionPublished 28 days ago by Libbymae
Quick read about a junkie who found running. Towards the end the story transformed from a braggart's tale of "close calls" to a story about redemptionPublished 1 month ago by san
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