Running & Being

The Total Experience
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Written by the late, beloved Dr. George Sheehan, Running and 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 and 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, Dr. 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, he describes what it means to experience the oneness of body and mind, of self and the universe. In this, he argues, we have the power to discover "the truth that makes men free".

©1978 The George Sheehan Trust; foreword copyright 2013 by Andrew Sheehan; introduction copyright 2013 by Kenny Moore (P)2017 Tantor

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Great book of introspection

Great view on life and body and the importance of play. I would disagree with absolutism he grants somatisism, but spot on in all other areas.

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timeless wisdom.

start to finish lessons the whole way. a must read for everyone. not just athletes!!!Mahalo for a new teacher.

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Profound writing. Pedantic performance.

Great book. Terrific content. Many interesting insights. The vocal performance had a tone that sounded slightly condescending. (probably unintentional) I believe the author originally offered this work with more humility and introspection intended. I believe the reading versus audible experience of this work would be very different.

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Strange book but many good insights

Not well organized. Sheehan is all over the place. Preachy in tone. Feels more like a homily at mass than a book about running. All that said, lots of great insights from one of the most preeminent minds in sports. So the nuggets are worth the drudgery of the listen even though it would be silly to give this five stars. Like a bad run, I was glad when it was over but feel better off for the experience anyway:)

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Way overrated

Not much about running. It’s mainly philosophy, with a weird theory about body type, and it’s all for men.

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