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  • Roughcut: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 35th edition (April 9 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609619307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609619305
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gary.dotzler@intel.com on Feb. 8 1999
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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By A Customer on Nov. 10 2001
Format: Hardcover
Sheehan seems alternately liberated and embittered as he leaps from one esoteric paragraph to the next. I completely agreed with all of his well-put ideas about self-actualization through sport (particularly running, which is an activity whose essence involves a literal dead-ahead focus and cognitive surrender). On the other hand, I was really turned off by his stereotypical write-offs of educators, intellectuals, non-sports fans and other "types" he seemed to view with such disdain as enemies of sport, play and self-direction. Bah!
This book, while unlike any other I have encountered on the the subject of running and its relationship to the sense of self, wasted a tremendous opportunity to graciously share insights without carmudgeonly commentary. The title suggests a tone that is easily weakened by Sheehan's crankiness.
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Format: Hardcover
Men have been runners for thousands of years 'till the XX century, when we start to ride cars. Now I see women and men running every where, big cities' streets and small towns the same, Dr. Sheehan made a very lovely books about what we feel. I have readed twice and maybe will do it many more times.
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Format: Hardcover
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys philosophy and deep reflection on the meaning of life. I am not much of a reader but once I picked up this book I simply could not put it down. Sheehan has a way a putting together the pain and joy of sports and shows you how you cannot have one without the other. He reminds us that in order to gain the glory of sports, we must endure the pain which is sure to come every time we challenge ourselves. Every time I run, I am able to remember at least one line out of this very powerful book. This helps me to remember that I am not alone, at least not as a pain-enduring athlete.
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