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Running & Being: The Total Experience [Roughcut]

George Sheehan , Kenny Moore
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April 9 2013

A New York Times bestseller for 14 weeks in 1978, Running and Being became known as the philosophical bible for runners around the world. More than thirty years after its initial publication, it remains every bit as relevant today.

Written by the late, beloved Dr. George Sheehan, Running and Being tells of the author’s midlife return to the world of exercise, play and competition, in which he found “a world beyond sweat” that proved to be a source of great revelation and personal growth. But Running and Being focuses more on life than it does, specifically, on running. It provides an outline for a lifetime program of fitness and joy, showing how the body helps determine our mental and spiritual energies.

Drawing from the words and actions of the great athletes and thinkers throughout history, Sheehan ties it all together with his own philosophy on the importance of fitness and sport, as well as his knowledge of training, injury prevention, and race competition. Above all, Sheehan describes what it means to experience the oneness of body and mind, of self and the universe. In this, Sheehan argues, we have the power to discover “the truth that makes men free.”


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"Dr. George Sheehan is perhaps our most important philosopher of sport."—Sports Illustrated, 1978

From the Publisher

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5.0 out of 5 stars The only book in my library I reread!! 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Wasted Opportunity Nov. 10 2001
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the thinking athlete June 1 2000
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Runner-Philosopher May 25 2000
By mark861
Format:Hardcover
All runners are philosophers. It's just that George Sheehan is every athlete's philosopher. If you have ever wondered why you swing a racquet, shag fly balls or spend hours on a bicycle, read this book and you'll say to yourself "that's it, that's why!" It's not just the runners who'll say it. This book should be a prerequisite for pursuing any sport at any level.
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