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Running & Being: The Total Experience Hardcover – September, 1998
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I have read tons about running and if I had to rank them, all Dr. Sheehan's books would be on the top of the list (But "R&B" is the best of his stuff, so start there). If you want the definitive book on all the technical details about running, get Glover's "Competetive Runner's Handbook" (make sure "Competetive" is in the title). If you want or need helping understanding life, read all of Sheehan's stuff. Heck those two books (Sheehan & Glover) are really all you need for years of PR's and spiritual growth.
Quoting Greek and other philosophers (which include his beer-drinking buddies on the Jersey shore) Sheehan writes of the midlife crisis that got him back on the roads again, and how running helped make him a better human being.
It was years later that science charted the endomorphins that proved Sheehan's point; he already knew the effect running had on improving his life. It improved other lives also; Dr Sheehan was a regular speaker at our varsity XC banquets back in the late 60's; and he was as entertaining and motivating in person as he was 10 years later in print.
Then several years later,a friend, no one from an athletic background or skiing mention this book,Running and Being. I thought, I'll give it a try. At the time, I was a 2-3 mile jogger.This was max.After reading George's book and how to approach running, then applying these practices togethe.,I was astonished how to run was completely different effort than I had known. This changed my life I became a half marathoner, at least twice a week and ran at least 5 miles on my off days. Like growing wings in every aspect of my life.
Essentially, the concept or achievement in jogging had been first mapping out a route by personal preference and distance. We come up with a distance we want to run. Without much knowledge of our condition to achieve this goal. Many people were suffering from injuries and sometimes fatal consequences. It wasn't till I put Georges concepts to practice, did I learn a much safer and more enjoyable jogging experience. The sky had parted at this moment. Goerge stressed the importance of dropping the goal of trying to achieve distance and use time as a format instead. Especially it the earliest stages of starting to jog or beginning a new season. Run for awhile and if it becomes to stressful walk but the point is keep moving forward regardless for the time being and within this time period. However you do for the time if fine. Then extend your running periods more and more.Read more ›
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dr. George Sheehan expressed himself so wholly - and while there are some references of mechanics that I don't agree with, his wit and ability to... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book the first time in 79 or 80.
The best book ever for long distance running.
Ran my first marthaon in 1981 using Sheehan's
basic tenets for running. Read more
This book has become one of my all time favorite books of all time. What Dr. Sheeran writes here is exactly how i feel as a runner and as a human being in this world i live in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Diego Arechar
I was really excited to read this book and be motivated by it but just could not get into it. Sorry, not recommended. Couldn't finish it and I am an avid reader and runner.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have no knowledge of this guy other than this book. I suspect many of the glowing reviews may be based more on his other works. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. Cliche Shekels
I had never read any of Sheehan’s books before and wish I had. Way before anyone knew the scientific benefits of exercise he felt it and wrote out it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Classic. I bought it to replace the original version that I bought in the late 70's. Must have for your library of running books.Published 7 months ago by Gerard F Doyle