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"Running in the dark paradoxically heightens the senses and even pathways to the soul. The essays in Night Running explore this previously ignored phenomenon in many unexpected and revealing ways."
-Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon and for years the Editor-in-Chief of Runner's World

"A book for anyone who has used solitude and exertion to explore a new crevice of their own mind. Fear, exhilaration, anger, accomplishment, despair, euphoria&mdashevery one of these emotions is distilled in Night Running.
-David Epstein, The Sports Gene

"Night Running captures in a myriad of ways the essence of running: solitude, self-discovery and the exhilaration of a momentary escape from the banal."
-Sandy Alderson, general manager, New York Mets, 2:53 marathoner

"A fascinating and eclectic collection! In Night Running, eleven essayists express, with bracing honesty, how a simple act of will—running in the dark—can free body and mind from fear, and restore the spirit."
-Novelist Mary Volmer, author of Crown of Dust and Reliance, Illinois

"Good writing, like a good run, should feel effortless even when ambitious. This collection of essays finds its stride early as it illuminates, entertains and often dazzles."
-Daniel Brown, author of The Big 50: San Francisco Giants: The Men and Moments That Made the San Francisco Giants

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Emily Mitchell, author of the novel The Last Summer of the World and, most recently, Viral: Stories, teaches at the University of Maryland and lives in Washington, D.C.

Joy Russo-Schoenfield, a former writer and editor at the Palm Beach Post, Newsday and CBS Sportsline.com, oversees Olympics and international sports coverage for ESPN digital and print media. She lives in Burlington, Connecticut.

Anne Milligan, an employment lawyer in Portland, Oregon, has represented clients in eight federal districts and before the Bureau of Labor and Industries. She is a former writer and content manager for Run Oregon.

Pete Danko reports on renewable energy and local business in Portland, Oregon, and is a wine-industry marketing and public relations consultant. His work has appeared in publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times.

The nomadic Vanessa Runs, who roams the land in an RV, is a self-described “author, trail nerd, elevation junkie and mountain-loving dirtbag.” Her books include Daughters of Distance and The Summit Seeker.

Steve Kettmann, a former columnist for the Berliner Zeitung, is the author most recently of Baseball Maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets. He lives in Soquel, California.

Dahlia Scheindlin, an international public opinion researcher and political strategist, has consulted on campaigns in more than a dozen countries. She was raised in New York City and currently resides in Israel.

Heather Semb, a former resident intern at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods writers’ retreat center in Northern California, is preparing to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. This is her first published essay.

T.J. Quinn, a former Chicago White Sox and New York Mets beat writer, is an investigative reporter for ESPN. He lives in New Jersey.

Former Wellstone Books intern Kelsey Eiland, a recent graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, works at the UCSC Arboretum and hopes to pursue a career in teaching.

Bonnie D. Ford, a former sports features writer for the Chicago Tribune and Cleveland Plain Dealer, is an enterprise and investigative reporter for ESPN.com. She splits her time between suburban Philadelphia and rural Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wellstone Books (June 14, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985419075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985419073
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think it's been since high school that I've read a book of short stories. But this wonderful new collection, Night Running, has opened my eyes again to this lovely genre. The book begins with the best of the bunch, a wonderful essay by Pete Danko, about his first time entering a 50K race. My favorite part of this story, besides Pete's ease of language, was that the reader never learned how the actual race turned out. The narrative wasn't just about the nuts and bolts of the race, but rather the challenges he overcame just to get through the opening 10K, held in darkness on an unfamiliar course. That was the best part of the race, so why clutter up the story with the running blahblahblah?

Okay, I'm a swimmer. But race reports of people feeling stronger as they go, pushing through the pain, doing it to overcome something lost, or generally babbling about the mysticism in their solitary pursuit of mileage are not for me.

All of the other essays have tastes of the above, but all are so wonderfully written and edited as to let me enjoy their rides as well. Fun to read! In fact, I sat at the kitchen table, with the sun on my hair, and read the entire book the day it arrived in the mail. For someone who can't even get through the newspaper without nodding off into a plate of lunch, that was saying something. Buy the book!
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What can be said about running at night? Turns out a whole helluva lot. This book take readers into the minds, bodies and souls of several talented writer/runners, exploring their journeys when running after the sun sets. Each of these gifted authors brings something unique and fresh to the topic, from wanting to run with wild animals and conquer mountains in Alaska to half-drukenly sprinting in Thailand's fetid and humid air to escape onself. I cannot wait for the sequel!
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A book of essays about running at night - who knew such a thing existed? Thank you Kindle Lending Library! And not only that the blurb at the end of this short book promises a second volume (and solicits submissions). If you are a runner, especially if you are a middle-aged, introspective runner, you might enjoy this quick read.
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These stories have a vicarious satisfaction to them, all different in content and tone. There's exotic locations and danger, serenity and nature, but it's the essayists/runners themselves who pull you into each story.

The feeling of being in the runner's shoes stuck with me throughout the book.

Each essay read like a short run with it's author through pivotal points in his or her life -- and sometimes how a particular experience may have changed them forever. Heavy.

Aside from that, it was just fun to read. Every voice is clear and conversational. It's for anyone who likes to run, write, read, travel, or have existential breakthroughs.

I went running after I finished reading it. I went running at night, even. It was almost as good as reading about it.
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Layered and nuanced are expected when great writers collaborate on a book. However the essays in Night Running don't just expose the writer to various voices on the subject it connects life experiences in a way that I have never seen before. The journeys of each contributor provide something that is undeniably inherent to each person that reads the book, a glimpse into someones personal human experience. Glimpses that are identifiable to anyone, and that means most of us who have encountered adversity, doubt and whatever else life throws our way. Night Running speaks to you and with you because the content is based on the human experience. Great and inspirational read!
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Intriguing and easy to read, Night Running takes a closer look at an activity that most of us either dread or take for granted. Carefully prefaced with the book's goal, to inspire readers to find creative inspiration though the authors' experiences, and concluded in a way that ties all five essays together, Night Running takes readers on a tortuous journey through themselves. The remarkable cast of writers, ranging from NY Times Bestselling author Steve Kettmann to well-known ESPN reporter TJ Quinn, provides a variety of thought-provoking perspectives that are sure to capture the reader's attention. While on the surface the book seems to focus on lessons learned from running into the darkness, it sheds light on the impact that a typically overlooked activity can make on our lives. These writers found solitude in their running, a place where they could distance themselves from the rest of the world and discover new, previously hidden aspects of themselves. With a book like Night Running, every reader will be sure to come away with a unique, novel interpretation that will inspire a surge of passion, whether it be in the dark or under the sun, in a marathon or on the couch. Runners might put down this book eager to reconsider the motivation behind their sacred pastime, whereas the book may lead those who detest that kind of strenuous physical activity to pursue their passions elsewhere. For me, at least, Night Running was fascinating and sent me trekking up the hills, through the valleys, and into the darkness that lies somewhere deep within me. I highly recommend this riveting collection of inspiring anecdotes and insightful commentary, as Night Running is a must-read for runners, writers, and just about anyone looking for another source of inspiration.
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