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Running & Being: The Total Experience Hardcover – Sep 1998


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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: 2.5 x 16.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,375,813 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jan jan on 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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