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Going the Distance [Hardcover]

George Sheehan

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27 Feb 1997
In his posthumous memoir, one of the world's great master runners tells the honest and moving story of his battle against cancer and the final race of his life. A book for anyone touched by major illness or death, Going the Distance is an inspiring book by a man who wrote eloquently about the experience of living, of pushing to the limit as an athlete, and arriving at the finish line a changed person.

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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; Stated First Edition edition (27 Feb 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679448438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679448433
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 897,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going The Distance : All Sold Out 18 Dec 1999
By Greg Ford - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book when it first came out in 1996. I have now just gotten around tor reading it (1999). I am bad about putting off things I suspect are going to be very good (Delayed gratification).
One of the great pioneers of not just running, but healthy living via serious play, George Sheehan, wrote a book that is the final work of his life. Subtitled, One Man's Journey To The End Of His Life," Sheehan has his eyes wide open, avoiding clinging to pure emotionalism and the could-of-should-of-would-of mentality, looking deep into his own felings and observations.
This book is not for everyone. It is for those that choose to face life and death with their eyes open -- willing to face themselves and what makes them tick.
Just as you cannot put a bandaid on cancer, George Sheehan doesn't try to cover up his humaness. He fully embraces what he was, what he is now, and acknowledges the similarity between the very young and the very old.
Unfortunately, this book will hard to find if you have an interest . . . Long overdue for a reprint.
G.R. Ford
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Best Live Life 7 Jan 2004
By David F. Daniels - Published on Amazon.com
I would give this book 10 stars if I could. First, I should mention this is *not* a book about running any more than Moby-Dick is a book about whales. Rather, it is a discourse on how best to live one's life, written by someone near the end of his. I read this every year, and every year I'm amazed at how wise Dr. Sheehan was. Like Shakespeare or the Bible, it opens up to me the more I read it, and every time I learn something new, if only because I've changed and understand it better through experience. It helps me measure my own growth. I can't express what an influence it has been.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learned a lot from this book 7 Jun 2013
By W. Chu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Some athletes have a kind of spiritual drive to hone themselves and perform well in their chosen sport. Other athletes are just naturally gifted in their chosen sport (success based on genetics, timing, opportunities, etc). Some athletes do not hone themselves spiritually.

In 2002, I read G. Sheehan's "Going the Distance", and till this day I still recall gems from Sheehan's reflections. While George Sheehan is not a perfect man, from his writings, one can see that at least he is focused on improving -- not only on improving the quality of his performance as a runner, but also trying to be conscious about life, and to find a path that leads him to do what is right. He sets an example by noticing his own areas that need improvement, and somehow, he touches the reader, and inspire the reader to do the same.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic look inside a man's final years. 2 Jan 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
While George Sheehan is best known for his expertise in running,
he may be more accurately described as a philosopher than a runner.
Going the Distance is a wonderful journey through a dying man's
thoughts and reflections on dealing with the end of his life. Diagnosed
with prostate cancer, Sheehan embarks upon a journey to battle the disease, and then come to terms with his own
mortality when the battle is lost. As per his usual work, there is the
obvious emphasis on running, but even the non-runner will enjoy this book. Not
merely a book for "jocks", Sheehan once again displays his artful writing style
and philisophical nature. A must read for the runner, walker and couch potato alike!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book will touch every runners heart 1 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This was the first running book I ever read, I am trying to read all of his books. But some are hard to come across. A touching story of a man and such a stong devotion of the meaning "life," god bless him.
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