Running & Being: The Total Experience [NOOK Book]

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A New York Times bestseller for 14 weeks in 1978, Running & Being became known as the philosophical bible for runners around the world. More than thirty years after its initial publication, it remains every bit as relevant today.

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 ...
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Overview

A New York Times bestseller for 14 weeks in 1978, Running & Being became known as the philosophical bible for runners around the world. More than thirty years after its initial publication, it remains every bit as relevant today.

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, 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, Sheehan describes what it means to experience the oneness of body and mind, of self and the universe. In this, Sheehan argues, we have the power to discover “the truth that makes men free.”
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If George Sheehan was born to be a runner, he didn't know it at first. A former college track star, he was forty-five before he resumed his daily romps, which at the beginning consisted of nothing more than leisurely loops around his backyard. Within five years though, he was setting mile records for his age and by 1975, he was writing books about his favorite outdoor activity. His 1978 Running & Being became a (pardon the pun) runaway bestseller, outlasting its year of publication and, alas, its author. This 35th anniversary edition introduces this authentic classic to a whole new generation of readers.

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"Dr. George Sheehan is perhaps our most important philosopher of sport."—Sports Illustrated, 1978
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609619312
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 64,194
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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, Sheehan died in 1993.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Highly Recommend!

    One of the best books ever written about life and running.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

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    Sagely Advice Written both for the casual and competitive runn

    Sagely Advice


    Written both for the casual and competitive runners, Running & Being chronicles the middle-aged return to running of George Sheehan, the sport's medical and spiritual guru. This 35th anniversary edition (it was also updated in 1998) includes a foreword by Sheehan's son Andrew and renowned writer, runner Kenny Moore. Andrew explains how his dad came to be the first 50-year-old to run a mile in under five minutes and how he used running to simplify and embrace life. In the intro, Olympian marathoner and journalist Kenny Moore praises Sheehan as a writer and philosopher and credits him with bringing runners everywhere back to the "Tao of running."

    As the bestselling author of eight books, Dr. George Sheehan is an important voice on the practice and philosophy of running. Although running is obviously very much in the physical realm, Sheehan points us to its spiritual aspects. Running & Being strikes a balance between practical advice and Sheehan's insights and anecdotes on the emotions running evokes. This book stresses the importance of understanding the activities we practice--in that sense, any athlete would benefit from the nuggets of wisdom from the sagely Sheehan. Another wonderful book on the zen philosophy of endurance running is John Stevens's Marathon Monk of Mount Hiei.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Good read about the truth and value of sport and the self

    A good read about the self and the value of sport.

    I highly reccomend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    Good Read.

    The book is written by an obviously experienced runner and athlete who values not just the sport of running for its health benefits but for the overall experience that it offers a person psychologically as well. The author also has a succinct and enjoyable way of engaging the reader with his exquisite prose. A great motivating read for someone wishing to explore the sport of running and physical fitness as a whole.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Painfully boring

    I had to put this down. I think it is about a loner who wants to bore the readers.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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