I Run, Therefore I am - Nuts Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Aug 2001
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"""Every true runner will get a laugh out of this book. Schwartz does a good job pointing out the wonderful absurdities of our sport."""
Five-time world-record holder
"""In this book, Bob Schwartz captures a unique spirit that every runner experiences regardless of fitness level. His perspective on running--a sport that can cause extreme moments of both glory and pain--is sharp, real, and very funny. Schwartz covers all the basics with a witty voice and a runner's hard-earned experience."""
Editor of Fitness Runner magazine
"""What a delightful book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I could relate to it through my own experiences. The reading is light and humorous, and it takes a completely different approach to running. Very refreshing."""
Colleen De Reuck
"""There is wisdom behind the laughter! Bob Schwartz makes you smile as he reminds you that behind the science of running, there is a lot of laughs and luck! He encourages the runners with wit and revelations that years of running experience (and inexperience!) provide. I Run, Therefore I Am Nuts will reinforce every runner's love of the sport, and pride in their accomplishments. It's a fun read that I recommend to runners of all abilities."""
Executive Director, The American Running Association
"""Most runners take their sport seriously--sometimes too seriously. Bob Schwartz provides a refreshingly irreverent slant on a variety of topics to help keep a more balanced perspective. Take a run on the lighter side!"""
1972 Olympian, 10,000m
Author of Galloway's Book on Running
About the Author
Bob Schwartz is a longtime freelance writer who specializes in running humor. He is well known to the mainstream running media. In addition to his weekly syndicated newspaper column, he has had hundreds of humorous essays published in national and regional publications, including Runner s World, FootNotes, Fitness Runner, Michigan Runner, New York Runner, Washington Running Report, Tail Winds, Run Ohio, Oklahoma Runner, Inside Texas Running, and Arkansas Runner. Schwartz has been an avid and slightly over-the-top runner for more than 20 years. He has completed countless marathons (but laments that excessive glycogen depletion at the finish prevents him from fully remembering each one) as well as all race distances from the 200 Meter Kids Snowman Shuffle (where he finished second after edging out a four-year-old at the finish line) to an ultramarathon of 50 miles (a feat he has no intention of repeating). ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR Once a creative consultant for Walt Disney Feature Animation, B.K. Taylor is now a well-known illustrator and writer. He has contributed comic strips to many publications including National Lampoon, Hot Dog, and Dynamite magazines; scholastic publications; and various joke books. He has also illustrated Sesame Street books and magazine. Taylor s work has been recognized with the Inkpot Award, the Gold Brick, seven Caddies, the Funny Bone Award, and the Ace Award.
Top customer reviews
Starting off slowly with a rigid style, the pace of the book picks up, and along with it the humour and comedy improve, highlighting the lighter side of the sport. For all runners who ever thought that they were eccentric or very particular about certain things need to read this guy's eccentricities before they judge their own. And believe me, this guy is very very eccentric, and above all else, this is what makes this book a good read.
So it IS worth a look. But if you're looking for a more light-hearted self-deprecating comedy on running, you need to check out Russell Taylor's installment instead.
Have you ever laughed out loudly at a stand up comic? Later, have you wondered why you found it so funny? Then the penny drops and you realise that you have been laughing at yourself; that little scene was about your behaviour, exaggerated to make a point, but about you nevertheless.
Schwartz's book did that for me. Through humour, I learnt more about myself and how I may be seen by others. I laughed aloud and got some strange looks from my wife and colleagues at work, (often when I mouthed "madness"), but knowing in my heart of hearts that the book was about me.
The writer has credibility. He must be quite an accomplished runner; Schwartz is not a "one pace fits every race runner", but a committed athlete who thinks deeply about his sport and is prepared to spend time and money on his running. Schwartz lived in Boulder, Colorado, one of the world's leading cities for runners, although it is not clear whether he moved there because of his running or for some other reason.
The book is full of anecdotes which are funny, challenging, honest and painful. My favourites were the section on injuries and the masochistic need to run through pain; the fact that training advice changes as frequently as the weather in Colorado, (and I used to work in Denver, so I should know); and the story about training with a group of runners who wanted an easy run, with the pace increasing so that the last few kilometres were like the last laps of the Olympic 10,000 metres' final. By showing the reader that he has been there, (and often got the t-shirt), I could relate to Schwartz's writing and so have an insight into my issues which may be holding me back from improving as a runner.
This is a humorous, well written book which will appeal to runners at all levels. Schwartz is so successful in holding up a mirror to you and your running colleagues' habits and beliefs. The mirror may not make us into a better runner, but it can reflect an image of us of which we might be unaware before reading the book. That self-awareness, an awareness of our strengths, weaknesses and foibles, gives us an opportunity to be better runners - just like the stand up comic who gives us a picture of ourselves and so the chance to be a better person.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
There are some "running" specific terms and lingo in here, that even I had to look up. I gave this as a gift, and my friend didn't quite enjoy it as much as I. Had to look up too many things or ask me and so wasn't an easy read for him.
Funny. Very motivating, and even some good running tips are included. Unlike another book I have reviewed, this one is very much aimed at runners, and offers very little cross over to other sports.
Not a con, just is the case.
I have enjoyed this book, and have picked it up again and again since my first full reading. Good price, and worthwhile.
I originally recieved as a gift while training for my first marathon. However, you don't need to be a marathoner to enjoy. You will enjoy if you like to run 5K's.
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