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Running & Being: The Total Experience Hardcover – September, 1998

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“Dr. George Sheehan is perhaps our most important philosopher of sport.” ―Sports Illustrated, 1978 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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By publishing this 20th-anniversary edition of his signature work, the Sheehan family hopes to make George Sheehan's work available to all athletes. We encourage you to read his words, and we hope you find on its pages the inspiration to lead your own athletic journey that might help you become the person you were meant to be.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Second Wind II (NJ) (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966631803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966631807
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
For the Sheehan neophyte, let me say this, this is NOT a book to learn how run better. It IS a book to become a better person. Dr. Sheehan is simply one of us; a runner who happens to write. The beauty of this book is that Sheehan doesn't candy coat his stories. He tells running as it is, as he is. You'll read this book and continually say, "My god, that's it, that's what I feel, that's how I am too." Soon, things you'd suspected about yourself, become clearer. Questions like, "Why do you run?", begin to have meaningful answers.
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.
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Imagine - a book on running that doesn't delve into the minutia of split times, hydration, or shoe color...Dr George Sheehan's fine book just talks about the joy of running.

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.
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These were by far the best and most interesting chapters for me. In fact, everything from chapter 9 onward was pretty good, but the first 8 were slow and kind of dragged on a bit.
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I really did love this guy and his books. There are very few chances I get to say something I did or saw or came across that literally changed my life. I was a skier back in the day and every spring summer and fall it was about conditioning our bodies year long, for the next winter season. Running is one that was ALWAYS in my face,but it was hard. What I heard from others about it was hard to digest.
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.
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George Sheehan was an original in the early days of the north American running explosion. A thoughtful man, he wrote and shared his theories and experiences. Not all of his 'science' is accepted any longer, and that is why I dropped a couple of stars. However, if you want a broad view of the subject from a great mind with a vast range of experience, you can't ignore Sheehan.
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I've starting running after 50...a marathon was on my bucket list. Now that I've done my first one I'm hooked and can't get enough material to learn how to run faster, and smarter than just hitting the road in my new sneakers. This and other books have been very helpful in learning the tricks of those who are seasoned marathoners.
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Format: Hardcover
Sheehan forges new ground in discussing running. Any serious runner will readily identify with his emotional insights and his ability to relate running and life. Truly inspiring at points, Sheehan goes well beyond running to a philosophy of life that can apply to any athlete.
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The author's narcissistic tone can become a bit wearying but the flashes of brilliance more than compensate for the ego-overdose. Occasionally there's a "preaching to the choir" aspect of wordiness in the prose, the repetition on a theme got a bit tedious, like listening to an old person ramble about himself. That said, it's a fine book and as a runner, I am glad I read it.
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