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Zen and the Art of Running: The Path to Making Peace with Your Pace [Kindle Edition]

Larry Shapiro
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

All that I am, I am because of my mind. --Paavo Nurmi, Olympic runner with nine gold medals in track & field

All runners strive to get in the "zone," but here they'll learn to enter the ZEN "zone"! By adopting Buddha's mindful approach, you will discover you can run longer, faster, and harder. This book shows how to align body and mind for success on - and off - the track! Iron Man triathlete and philosophy professor Larry Shapiro coaches you to:

  • Walk the talk: Get out and run
  • Practice mindfulness: Train harder
  • Visualize success: Race the Zen way
  • Accept and let go: Cope peacefully with injuries and aging
Complete with case studies, testimonials, and training techniques, this guide inspires seasoned runners and first timers alike to pound the path to enlightenment—one stride at a time!

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About the Author

Larry Shapiro, Ph.D. (Madison, WI) has run six marathons and, most recently, competed in an Iron Man triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run). When not in training, he'll run between twenty and twenty-five miles per week. When training, this number can balloon to about forty miles per week. He has his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a philosophy professor at the University of Wisconsin.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 273 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1598699601
  • Publisher: Adams Media; Original edition (18 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047DWNKQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,446 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great insight to Zen theory and application. 4 Jan. 2013
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I've read a few books on Buddhism and have found it quite baffling. This book, however, has made some of the concepts much clearer to me by applying them directly to something I enjoy. Some chapters weren't relevant to me but, generally, the book was of great interest and full of practical ideas. I will definitely be running Zen style from now on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over analysis 1 May 2014
By Mr. Simon Paddon VINE VOICE
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I love running, and I am deeply interested in Buddhism. However, by combining them, this book takes the fun out of both by over- analysing everything (and I mean everything and anything). Seriously- its message is essentially you can get your self to do anything by over analysing it. Cant help but feel the author was not at school on the day they said it's Ok to have a break now and then and do what you love.

So... nice sentiment, but over cooked.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zen and the art of running 22 Dec. 2009
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Great resource. having read many books regarding different training schedules etc it was a breath of fresh air i.e. not another schedule but more ideas which could be used in any schedule and indeed alone. Training for the mind!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not like it at all 18 July 2013
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I thought for me the book did not really flow it really did not encourage me at all sorry :-(
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I really like the idea of combining running and spirituality. I had great hopes for this book. However this book is very dull. The spirituality that I read about before I gave up seemed to be very basic CBT. In no way inspiring.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. 25 Jun. 2013
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I incorrectly believed there was not much one could write about running and attitude towards it. Certainly not enough to fill a book. However this was an a good read & what the author mentions seems to make sense. It's improved my running. Enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get your mojo back x 16 Feb. 2014
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Great, concise, easy read. Entertaining and relates to any sport or any aspect of life ! Written from the heart ,
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