To Be a Runner: How Racing Up Mountains, Running with the Bulls, or Just Taking On a 5-K Makes You a Better Person (and the World a Better Place)

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With an exuberant mix of passion, insight, instruction, and humor, best-selling author—and lifelong runner—Martin Dugard takes a journey through the world of running to illustrate how the sport helps us fulfill that universal desire to be the best possible version of ourselves each and every time we lace up our shoes.

To Be a Runner represents a new way to write about running by bridging the chasm between the two categories of running books: how-to and personal narrative. ...

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Overview

With an exuberant mix of passion, insight, instruction, and humor, best-selling author—and lifelong runner—Martin Dugard takes a journey through the world of running to illustrate how the sport helps us fulfill that universal desire to be the best possible version of ourselves each and every time we lace up our shoes.

To Be a Runner represents a new way to write about running by bridging the chasm between the two categories of running books: how-to and personal narrative. Spinning colorful yarns of his running and racing adventures on six continents—from competing in the infamous Raid Gauloises to coaching his son’s high school cross-country team—Dugard considers what it means to truly integrate the activity into one’s life. For example, how the simple act of buying a new pair of running shoes can be a source of meaning and hope. As entertaining as it is provocative, To Be a Runner is about far more than running: It is about life, and how we should live it.

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Editorial Reviews

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Best-selling author Dugard (Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone) recalls the impact running cross-country has had on him in his latest book. A runner from an early age, he recounts the lessons learned after returning to the sport in his twenties and while coaching a high school cross-country team. With vivid imagery, he tells of his trials at the various events in which he has participated, including: the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain; the Tough Guy in Great Britain; and the Saipan XTERRA off-road triathlon in the Marianas Islands. Even as blood ran down his legs during a Disneyland marathon or as he plunged into icy water during the Tough Guy, his sense of humor shines through. In addition, he provides readers with various training tips: how to choose the proper running shoes, the proper technique for hill climbing, how to stretch, and when to rest. This book will inspire non-athletes, while former runners may find themselves lacing up their running shoes after reading just a few chapters. (May)
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"Great summer beach read for the thinking runner...engrossing...if you're looking for the ideal running-related summer read, look no further than To Be a Runner. It is characterized by a rare combination of lightness and substance that makes it a pleasure to read." —Matt Fitzgerald, Competitor.com 

“Attention all runners. If running is your life, your lifeline, your escape, or even if you’re hopelessly caught up in the What Makes Sammy Run rat race – this is your book.”  New York Times best-selling author James Patterson

 

"Anyone who has run has a story to tell as a result and usually behind that story is an important life lesson if we have open eyes to see it.  To Be A Runner shares lessons that have been learned through the rocky, hard, sweat-filled miles as well as those miles that float by effortlessly, with extreme joy, and elation.  Running is the ultimate school master.  I learn something about myself, others, and life every time I lace up my shoes and head out the door.  Whether you are a seasoned runner that can relate to the lessons shared in To Be A Runner or are just a beginner looking to avoid some of those painful lessons that those who have gone before can attest to you will be sure to find some gold nuggets to take with you for your next run around the block."  —Ryan Hall, Olympian and American record holder in the half-marathon and cofounder of a The Steps Foundation, a growing community of radical runners stepping together to end global poverty

"Martin Dugard on running is like reading Anne LaMott on faith, John Grisham on law, or William S. Burroughs on drugs. He is entertaining, enlightening and inspiring. Read this book, but keep your running shoes close by. Because when you put it down, you're gonna want to go find a trail."  —Austin Murphy, Sports Illustrated Senior Writer

 

Martin Dugard has filled every role a runner can—athlete, teammate, coach, adventurer, wanderer—and, as such, writes with a perspective any runner can appreciate. Whether you’re a beginner or an ultra-runner, you’ll see yourself in this book, which is a testament to the important places that running takes you. —Dimity McDowell, co-author, Run Like A Mother: How to Get Moving and Not Lose Your Family, Job or Sanity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609611088
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 243,626
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTIN DUGARD has been a leading authority and writer on running and endurance sports for more than 20 years. His work has appeared extensively in Runner’s World, Outside, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and GQ. His books include the New York Times bestsellers The Last Voyage of Columbus and Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone. This is his seventh book.

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Table of Contents

Prologue Reason to Believe xi

First Steps

First Steps 3

Base Miles 9

Excuses, Excuses 17

A Time for Stretching 23

Just Once … 29

Easing into It

Slow Going 39

New Shoes 43

Smooth 49

Keep It Up 55

Wild Things

Fore! 63

The Wild Place 71

Hills 79

Perseverance

Ice Baths 89

Thunder Thighs 95

Run Dates 101

Deep Thoughts 107

Middle Distance

Pamplona (Part I) 115

Pamplona (Part II) 123

House of Pain (Part I) 131

Digging Deep

House of Pain (Part II) 139

Pamplona (Part III) 143

The Good Fight 149

Saipan 155

Bell Lap

Weather or Not 165

Tough Guy 171

A Breather 181

Homestretch

Bruised and Battered 191

Time and Again 197

The Mecca 203

Endorphin Rush

The Price You Pay 213

The Beer Truck 219

Superheroes 225

Epilogue: Time to Race 231

Acknowledgments 237

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Great for a niche audience

    If you're a runner, endurance athlete, cross country coach or want to be any of the above, you'll enjoy this book - its more a series of essays than anything else. Good quick read and pretty motivational.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Falcons wing

    Walks to the pile of fresh kill and grabs hawk to share with somecats

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    Posted August 25, 2013

    Swirls the glowing angel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Hiss of Spitting Cobra

    You may join

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    Posted August 25, 2013

    Snow and Sun

    Snow licked her belly. Sun padded in with a hare.

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    Posted August 25, 2013

    Sparkle of Shining Moon and Mist of Mountain's Peak

    Sat down next to each other. <br> ^Sparkle of Shining Moon^ <br> &#28949 Mist of Mountain's Peak &#28949

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    AA

    Arrow and Atlantis sat watching

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Bird that Sings at Dawn

    Squeaked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Light that shines through darkest night

    Anyone here?

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    Posted August 24, 2013

    Ice

    Nodded her thanks to eagle. (Did you ever say if i could be lead hunter? I didnt see.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Bat that Flies through Rocky Cave

    "Thanks."

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    Posted August 24, 2013

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    Posted August 24, 2013

    Owl

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    I love the book. So relevant to life today. Very helpful and mot

    I love the book. So relevant to life today. Very helpful and motivating!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Really great book for novice and above.

    Motivating and educational as well. Like his conversational writing style. Will go back to this book again for practical advice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Good read

    This book is very entertaining but also a great way to see what running really can add to a life. I was looking for a more motivational book to get me back into running, and although I didn't get that from this book, I did enjoy the full circle moment of M. Dugard on how running has changed his life. Very funny at times, but probably only to those who actually run quite a bit and can relate to those situations! Worth the read!

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