Running the Edge: Discovering the Secrets to Better Running and a Better life

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Motivation to get off the couch and pursue personal improvement. Authors Goucher and Catalano share their unique running philosophy, demonstrating how the transformative power of the distance run can inspire readers to push their limits as runners and as human beings. Borrowing philosophical insights from distance mavens, humanistic psychologists, Buddhist monks, adrenaline junkies, and even “World of Warcraft” online gamers, Running the Edge takes readers on a pilgrimage of self-discovery as the authors ...
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Motivation to get off the couch and pursue personal improvement. Authors Goucher and Catalano share their unique running philosophy, demonstrating how the transformative power of the distance run can inspire readers to push their limits as runners and as human beings. Borrowing philosophical insights from distance mavens, humanistic psychologists, Buddhist monks, adrenaline junkies, and even “World of Warcraft” online gamers, Running the Edge takes readers on a pilgrimage of self-discovery as the authors relentlessly pursue excellence in everything.

Interlaced with rich storytelling and personal insights from elite runners. Running the Edge reads at a brisk pace worthy of its subject matter, offering stories and philosophies that even non-runners will find enlightening and uplifting. The authors’ perspective is rounded out by contributions from some of the best-known runners in the world, including record holders and Olympians like Alan Webb, Amy Yoder Begley, Chris Solinsky, and Dathan Ritzenhein.

Insight born of experience and enthusiasm.
Adam Goucher, a professional runner, and Tim Catalano, a psychology instructor and running coach, are two highly visible members of the long-distance running community. They were teammates for a year while running for the University of Colorado Buffaloes, but they developed a friendship and shared a passion for running that never faded. Their “Run the Edge” blog site features entries that capture the spirit of running to achieve physical, emotional, and mental fitness.

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Editorial Reviews

Matt Fitzgerald Author of Racing Weight and 16 other running books

“Running the Edge is the most original, thought-provoking, and infectiously readable book on running I’ve come across in a long time.” - Matt Fitzgerald  Author of Racing Weight and 16 other running books
Jake Krong Wassach and Beyond

“This is not a book on training, but it will change the way you approach running. Its not written as a motivational piece, but every page inspires.”  -Jake Krong Wassach and Beyond
Hal Lifson Desert Pal Patch

“Running The Edge, (is) the best running book to come along since "The Complete Book of Running" by running guru Jim Fixx in the 1970's, which at the time helped launch the running boom in America.” -Hal Lifson Desert Pal Patch
Billy Mills

“Few books can teach you in a brief, inspiring read, the wisdom many search a lifetime to learn. Running the Edge is one of those rare gifts. It will take you on a journey to the center of your soul.”  -Billy Mills, Olympic 10K Gold Medalist
John Lofranco Montreal Endurance

“This is the running book I have always wanted to write.”  - John Lofranco Montreal Endurance
Cindi Matt

“There were so many times while I was reading Running The Edge that I felt like they had put in words exactly what running does for me.”  -Cindi Matt
Jake Krong

“The fire has to burn within, In that sense Running the Edge is more important than any other running or motivational book out there.”  -Jake Krong
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985233204
  • Publisher: Maven Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Adam Goucher signed with the University of Colorado as the nation’s number-one recruit and quickly made a name for himself by placing second at the NCAA cross-country championships in Arkansas. During his collegiate career, he was an eleven-time All American and captured four individual NCAA titles. After college, Adam signed a contract with a shoe company to run professionally. Adam went on to win eight individual U.S. championships and qualified for the finals in the world championships in track and cross-country seven times. In 2000, Adam represented the United States in the Sydney Olympic Games. Adam continues to run and battle through injury, but he also has an eye toward giving back to a sport that has given him so much. Author Hometown: Portland, OR

Tim Catalano ran varsity track and cross-country for the storied University of Colorado athletic program, a transformative experience that sparked a lifelong interest in running. During his twelve-year teaching career, Tim worked at high schools in three countries, and he served as a head track and cross-country coach for ten years. With a lifetime of involvement and interest in human behavior and the transformative influence of running and other activities, Tim has developed a passion to combine the teachings of psychology and the sport of running.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Part 1 Transformative Experiences

1 The Gauntlet 15

The Summer of Challenges 15

What Is Life? 18

In Progress 19

The First Steps of the Distance Maven 21

2 The Runner and the Maven 27

I Only Run When Chased 28

Why Do You Run? 29

Once a Runner 32

The Maven 35

3 The Distance Maven: A Search for Courage 37

War, Bungee Jumpers, Streakers, and Thieves 38

Cliff Jumping, Enlightenment, and Running the Edge 39

Self-Actualization and Peak Experiences 42

The Self-Actualized Distance Maven 46

4 Because It's Hard 51

Someday Is Today 52

The Night I Died 56

5 The Curse of Normal and the Chains of Average 63

Carpe Diem! Carpe Viam! Dead Poets and Runners 64

No Time to Kill 65

Weirdos, Freaks, and Breaking the Mold 67

Something's Fishy 68

The Five Life Stories 70

The Boiling Frog 73

Part 2 The Six Mirrors

6 Get off the Couch: Initiative 85

Two Years in a Life 86

Bear Peak 89

7 There Is No One Else: Responsibility 99

The Line Between Tough and Stupid 100

Way of the Reactor 103

Responsibility Is No Joke 105

8 Then Comes the Hill: Determination 111

Rock Bottom 114

What Would a Reactor Do? 117

The Staring Contest 119

9 When to Bend: Adaptability 125

How to Ruin Everything 126

Changing of the Guard 128

Walking the Line 130

Naked Death Quest 131

10 Get Real: Integrity 139

The Great Myth 139

Be Great at Something Else 142

More Than a Runner 146

11 Kindred Spirits: Person-ability 151

"My Daughter Is Crazy" 152

Don't Be a Jerk! 156

Emotional Deposits and Positive Regard 159

Part 3 Elusive Happiness

12 Mosaic Me 171

"This Is Good! But You Know What Would Make It Better?" 172

Real Versus Ideal 175

Have-Do-Be Versus Be-Do-Have 179

13 Closing the Gap 185

Something Special 185

The Long Run 191

14 Alcoholics Anonymous, World of Warcraft, and the Mavens Guild 199

The Power of Group Support 200

Forging a Mavens Guild 201

Saying It Out Loud 205

Common Ground 208

15 Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After 211

Once Upon a Time: The Ben Davis Story 211

Happily Ever After 215

16 In Progress 221

Acknowledgments 225

About the Authors 227

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