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Running & Being: The Total Experience [Hardcover]

George A. Sheehan
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Sep 1998
Written by the late, beloved Dr. George Sheehan, Running & 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 & 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, Dr. 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, he describes what it means to experience the oneness of body and mind, of self and the universe. In this, he argues, we have the power to discover "the truth that makes men free.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Second Wind II (NJ) (Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966631803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966631807
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.4 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,159,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. George Sheehan is perhaps our most important philosopher of sport."--"Sports Illustrated", 1978 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Dr. George Sheehan was a legend of running and running literature. The bestselling author of eight books on the benefits of exercise and the former medical editor of "Runner's World, "he died in 1993. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The must read book on Running 11 May 2003
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Running and Being is the most important book written on running and a pretty good introduction to complexities of Being. Sheehan is the most inspired of the sports poets crafting the central axion of man returning to his body as the antidote for the poorly lived life. Having read it four times, it continues to inspire. Running and Being reads as it is; a series of occasional magazine vignettes, and consequently can be dipped into for inspiration rather than require a serial read.
The journal format provides rich material for the philosophical athelete or anyone who has "discovered their own play".
Sheehan, first writing in the seventies, is the first of the running writers and with no legacy, pulls his thoughts from an eclectic mix of medicine, philosophy, theology and sports journalism. Running for Sheehan is both the most natural activity of the body and a mystical experience where the individual athelete has to face his/her frailties with complete candour.
The reader will likely engage with Sheenhan and want to follow up the threads he develops. To this end the republished "Running and Being" still lacks from not including directed follow up reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only book in my library I reread!! 8 Feb 1999
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The runners bible 5 Jan 2014
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Great read as everyone has,said about to reread again loved it will enlighten delight inspire and drive you to experience
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than running 16 May 2013
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If you are looking for a book about how to train and with a program to follow this is not it.
This book is much more than, this is about the why of running, and the why of life too.

I purchased the kindle version of this book, and I have highlighted more passages and quotes in this than any other book. It is a book I will return to. Although this book is over 30 years old, it says more or less everything about the philosophy of running.

The kindle book is well formatted as well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected... 10 Sep 2013
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I was expecting philosophy but not religion - too many references to scripture and god for my liking. Didn't bother to finish the book and was really looking forward to reading it initially. I'm not a religious person just a runner with an interest in philosophy. Should have been called, 'Running, Being & God' - and then I would have been able to avoid it. Very disappointing.
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