Runner As Hero

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In Runner as Hero, Jay Kimiecik becomes an athlete again—in his case, a masters runner—as a way to revive his life. Kimiecik explores the world of aging, training, and performing through a self-experimental, self-reflective lens— merging science, mythology, and performance psychology. On his heroic journey, Kimiecik talks to aging experts, scientists, top-performing athletes, and the ghost of legendary Steve Prefontaine. Kimiecik's keen observations of everyday living and irreverent style take him on a journey to...

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Overview

In Runner as Hero, Jay Kimiecik becomes an athlete again—in his case, a masters runner—as a way to revive his life. Kimiecik explores the world of aging, training, and performing through a self-experimental, self-reflective lens— merging science, mythology, and performance psychology. On his heroic journey, Kimiecik talks to aging experts, scientists, top-performing athletes, and the ghost of legendary Steve Prefontaine. Kimiecik's keen observations of everyday living and irreverent style take him on a journey to find the hero within. The result is a fascinating, inspiring tale about how the life as an athlete can serve as a motivational metaphor for feeling alive and achieving nearly anything.

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Editorial Reviews

Ken Stone
A magical memoir of a masters athlete in search of his inner track star…expertly weaves in state-of-the-sport research.
Bob Roncker
Rules that pertain to running in Runner As Hero apply to other activities. This caulks an important void and makes it much more than a book about running.
Molly Barker
A comfortable and "likeable" exchange…put[s] emotional and spiritual meaning to the physical act of running; and…liberates our greatest and most authentic human potential.
Amby Burfoot
[A] marvelous "Everyman" book…readers get plenty of philosophy, mixed with daily running challenges, to tug us along.
Bernd Heinrich
The ultimate in passion is to try to be the best that you can be, and in running there is no better metaphor. And there is no better book I have read that delves as deeply into this relationship than Runner as Hero.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761847953
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay Kimiecik, PhD, is a professor at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and co-founder of the Well-Being Way. He is the author of The Intrinsic Exerciser: Discovering the Joy of Exercise and Y Personal Fitness Program (YPFP) for the YMCA, used in over 500 YMCAs in North America. Doug Newburg, PhD, is the co-founder of Powered by Feel. He has interviewed and worked with hundreds of world-class performers in sports, business, aeronautics, the military, and education. He is the author of The Most Important Lesson No One Ever Taught Me, A Pearl's Promise, and Powered By Feel. Newburg lives in Colorado and Florida, continuing to be active by bicycling and rollerblading.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Illustrations Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 Introduction Part 4 WARMUP Chapter 5 The Big Idea Chapter 6 The Adventure of Feeling Alive Begins Part 7 LAP 1: ENGAGING IN PREPARATION Chapter 8 1. The Little Voice of Feel Chapter 9 2. Why Athlete Chapter 10 3. The Weakest Link Chapter 11 4. Paying Attention in Preparation Chapter 12 5. Water World Chapter 13 6. Getting to the Core of the Matter Chapter 14 7. I am Lady Hear Me Roar Part 15 LAP 2: EMBRACING PAIN AND DISCOMFORT Chapter 16 8. The Summer of Pain Chapter 17 9. The Feel Chapter 18 10. Easy Speed Chapter 19 11. The Feel Wakes Up After Forty Years Chapter 20 12. Breakthrough at the Brewery Chapter 21 13. I am Superman and I Can Do Anything Part 22 LAP 3: SLAYING DRAGONS Chapter 23 14. Testing, Testing Chapter 24 15. The Muscles at the Heart of It All Chapter 25 16. Then and Now Chapter 26 17. Back in the Rehab Saddle Again Chapter 27 18. Desire Greater Than Fear Chapter 28 19. My Longaberger Mile Chapter 29 20. Waiting for Spring Chapter 30 21. Living on the Side of the Mountain Part 31 BELL LAP: TRANSFORMING TO MYSELF Chapter 32 22. Shock the System Chapter 33 23. The Joy of Deliberate Practice Chapter 34 24. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to, During, and After the Race Chapter 35 25. Wanted Dead or Alive Chapter 36 26. Aligning Goals with a Dream Chapter 37 27. Training Tracks Chapter 38 28. Track Town USA Chapter 39 Acknowledgements Chapter 40 References Chapter 41 About the Authors

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