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The Long Run (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Mishka Shubaly
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After nearly twenty years of chasing oblivion, a fight in a bar reveals to a newly sober Mishka Shubaly that he is able to run long distances. Despite his best attempts to dodge enlightenment and personal growth, the irreverent young drunk and drug abuser learns to tame his self-destructive tendencies through ultrarunning. His outrageous sense of humor, however, rages unabated.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 157 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060ANFPG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I loved the honesty of this book, the clear description of feelings, and the hope that springs forth from a hopeless life.
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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Self Pity Eloquence Dec 1 2011
By Creighton Yost - Published on
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I hoped this book would be more about running through your problems, but 90% of it is the author working on how many ways that he can convince you that he was the hardest core druggie/alcoholic ever. He's good at it, and he's eloquent, but it's a book about self hate more than running as a metaphor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The long run June 18 2012
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The Long Run written by Mishka Shubaly is a shocking book that describes his addiction to alcohol and drugs and the inevitable tailspin he finds himself falling into. It initially describes some of the lows he eventually fell to, "One Sunday, we ran dry and made screwdrivers with rubbing alcohol." (Shubaly, 2011 pg. 8) but then what transpires as he realizes he needs to give that life up and start running is what makes the book interesting.
The book begins; describing his drinking troubles and various moves from Massachusetts to Colorado and eventually back to New York by way of Colorado again. Shubaly finally got his undergraduate degree. It wasn't easy for him though, as he describes "More than once, I woke in the middle of the night, crying uncontrollably.....I got straight A's." So even though he was barely functioning alcohol, he still did well at school. Later his plan was to either go to rehab or grad school. He moved back to Manhattan with $300. He applied to one school, saving his last $75 for the application, which ironically he had to use to pay for an open container ticket. He paid it and then borrowed the application fee and lo and behold was accepted to Columbia University. It is amazing that someone as screwed up as he is, was able to graduate with an undergraduate degree, let alone a Master's.
Shubaly's darkest period came about at this time. He moved onto songwriting and made a name for himself (sort of) and proceeded to up his addiction to various drugs - Oxycontin, Vicodin and Opana (a narcotic made famous by the movie "Drug store Cowboy's.) The downward spiral continued. His band played their last show; he was fired from a couple of jobs and lived with reckless abandon until he started hanging out with a bartender named Tracy, who was at one point a personal trainer. She vowed to get him into shape. In 2009, Shubaly made a vow. "I quit drinking, cold turkey." (Shubaly, 2011)
This is when the book took the turn from a darker side (although his fight with sobriety had its own dark elements...maybe more so than his days he spent high and drunk) He began to run. He met a girl named Izgi, who supported his quest to run, but more importantly didn't make any judgments against him for his actions in his former life. She supported him in his first run, a half marathon which he ended up finishing in 1:46:50 which really was quite good in his opinion. He began to enter numerous more races a 50k where he met Luis Ramirez who was later to become a very good friend. Shubaly did this run in a little over 5 hours. Interestingly, during all these runs he entered, he met so many people who were recovering alcoholics, or someone who was escaping some sort of bad period in their life.
It is interesting to note that his addiction to Alcohol and drugs was now replaced with his addiction to run. His goal was to run further, harder and with more abandon.
People have said they get a "runner's high" when they run. This was the only thing keeping him from turning back to the bottle. He visits a counselor, which he claims helps him. He describes exercise as the "Worst addiction ever." (Shubaly, 2011) but he can't seem to stop doing it.
The book, after having read it, and then reading multiple reviews is quite misunderstood. Yes, the book is called "The Long Run". Is it about running? Somewhat, but I think the author's intent with the title is describing the long run through his life. His life was painful. It had many ups and downs, not unlike running. Also, helping and supporting his friend Luis make it at the end of an ultra marathon adds a little feel-good twist to the story. At one time, Shubaly was reliant on everyone around him, now someone was relying on him to help them.
Don't confuse the book as one solely about running, because you will be disappointed. This book is about life. It is about someone who makes it. The running part is just what got him through it. If you want to read about how bad someone's life is, and how they pull it off and succeed then this book is for you.
99 of 124 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More about being a drunk than a runner Oct. 31 2011
By TKKMFamily - Published on
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Maybe I was hoping for something different. I don't think I was expecting something as inspiring as Dean Karnazes' "Run," but I also wasn't expecting something as depressing as this book turned out to be. Percentage-wise, 80% of this book is about the author's adventures and exploits as an alcoholic and drug-addict, and about 20% of the book is about running. I do appreciate the author's honesty--he's every bit as nihilistic as he claims to be. I'm giving it two stars because the author can at times be humorous, and the ending story about helping Luis on his 100-miler was a great story to end with. Other than that, the book is somewhat choppy (there's really not a flow that the reader can easily piece together), and was over the top with profanity at times. The author has talent and potential as a writer, and I would encourage him to keep writing and honing his skill. I would consider buying his material again in the future, but would hope that he would title the book in accordance with the primary subject of the book. Just being honest; and as honest as Mishka seems, I'd think he would understand and appreciate my honesty. :)
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and depressing Jan. 23 2012
By Richman - Published on
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It sounds like a great story, but in reality, this authors memoir is extremely dark and depressing although it is very well written.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial Feb. 5 2012
By LL - Published on
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Most of the single is a description about the author's drug days. It's a well-written and easy read but nothing new or terribly interesting here if you're familiar with addiction at all... He's a smart guy who doesn't care, blah blah blah, uses drugs, blah blah, "Strong" enough to just quit drugs cold-turkey--no program, counseling not helpful, blah... Running ultra-long distances "saved" him.

In purchasing this single I was more interested in the running-redemption connection than anything else, as in how running made him feel or how it changed his perspective or how it helped him confront issues of his past. I didn't get any of that in this book. I saw no real growth in the author-- only the discovery that pushing himself to his utmost physical limit distracted him enough to allow him to be able to hold back his drug addiction. If he were to be injured again for a long period of time it seems there'd be a high potential for falling back on old behaviors.
It's not that I expected him to emerge at the end a totally cured, perfect human being, I just expected more of a delve into the personal and philosophical connection between running and recovering rather than a mere description of how he started running.
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