The Incomplete Book of Running

The Incomplete Book of Running

Book - 2018 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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Peter Sagal, the host of NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! and a popular columnist for Runner's World, shares lessons, stories, advice, and warnings gleaned from running the equivalent of once around the earth. At the verge of turning forty, Peter Sagal--brainiac Harvard grad, short bald Jew with a disposition towards heft, and a sedentary star of public radio--started running seriously. And much to his own surprise, he kept going, faster and further, running fourteen marathons and logging tens of thousands of miles on roads, sidewalks, paths, and trails all over the United States and the world, including the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he crossed the finish line moments before the bombings. In this new book, Sagal reflects on the trails, tracks, and routes he's traveled, from the humorous absurdity of running charity races in his underwear--in St. Louis, in February--or attempting to "quiet his colon" on runs around his neighborhood--to the experience of running as a guide to visually impaired runners, and the triumphant post-bombing running of the Boston Marathon in 2014. With humor and humanity, Sagal also writes about the emotional experience of running, body image, the similarities between endurance sports and sadomasochism, the legacy of running as passed down from parent to child, and the odd but extraordinary bonds created between strangers and friends. The result is a funny, wise, and powerful meditation about running and life that will appeal to readers everywhere.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781451696240 (hardcover)
1451696248 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 796.42092 SAG
Characteristics: xix, 185 pages ; 23 cm


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If the Complete Book of Running is running's iconic "how to" manual, then this book might prove to be its iconic memoir. Written by the comedy quiz show host of Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me, it is at once funny, perceptive, and honest.

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Jul 08, 2019

As a sometimes runner from a very long time ago, I enjoyed Peter Sagal's description of his running habit. His honesty about his personal demons resonated with me, too, and kept me turning the pages because I wanted to know how this surprising train wreck of a life would turn out. I was expecting laugh-out-loud moments on every page, kind of the written version of a "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" episode. Instead, Sagal really opened up about his myriad insecurities and personal failures, dating all the way to his childhood. The result is much more poignant, powerful, honest and inspiring. It might even make me start running again, 25 years after I was last halfway serious about it.

multcolib_karene Nov 13, 2018

Here are a few things that I'm obsessive about: listening to Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me every Sunday and running at least four times a week so I was really looking forward to reading Peter Sagal's book. And he did not disappoint - this is a story about one person's journey through life with the highs and lows that I totally connected with. And as a bonus, Peter Sagal is wonderfully witty!


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