Overthinking the Marathon

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Overthinking the Marathon is an intimate look at one man's preparation for his 21st marathon.Reading Overthinking the Marathon is like having Ray as your partner for a season of training, 17 weeks that culminate in the 2012 Cape Cod Marathon. Some days Ray talks about the nitty-gritty details, other days, it's about the things that make running interesting and fun, even - no, especially - when it hurts. Training for his marathon is important to Ray, but he leavens his obsessiveness with a dry humor that acknowledges that one mid-packer's race isn't going to change the world."Ray Charbonneau insists he hasn't written a marathon guide, and he's right. Instead, he's loaning himself out as a thoughtful, veteran, and funny training partner. You couldn't find a better one as you get ready for your next 26.2-miler."-Amby Burfoot, 1968 Boston Marathon winner and Editor-At-Large, Runner's World"Marathon running is the easy part. It's the thinking that's the challenging part for the long-distance runner. Ray shares his internal dialogue with us as he readies himself for one more attempt at 26.2."-Dave Goodrich, the "Marathon Maine-iac" (Marathon Maniac #238)"Ray is the opposite of me: he's speedy, understands math, and cares about the weather. I have instructed his cat to keep him awake until he agrees to pace me."-Vanessa Rodriguez, author of The Summit Seeker: Memoirs of a Trail Running Nomad
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Y42K Publishing
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Published on
Dec 31, 2013
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Pages
264
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Language
English
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"There are two tools that I use almost everyday to seek out balance and some semblance of sanity: poetry and running. Usually, the only place these two indulgences intersect is in my head while I’m on a run, sifting through an idea for a poem. With Simple Rhythms, Charbonneau has found that sweet spot where the two can coexist in a lighthearted, easy reading sort of way."-Jason Fisk, author of Sadly Beautiful
Anything you do regularly takes on layers of meaning. Running regularly certainly gives you time to think, and to find meaning in simple things and perhaps in things not so simple. In Simple Rhythms, Ray Charbonneau finds poetry in motion, the simple and basic motion of running.
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"Simple Rhythms is a refreshing read even for non-runners. After all, as the author well knows, poetry itself is made up of running feet. From free verse to haikus to limericks to a Poe-inspired lament, this collection celebrates the confluence of poetry and running throughout. As with Charbonneau's prose, Simple Rhythms offers insight, commiseration, and humor that any reader is sure to enjoy."-Laura Cherry, author of Haunts and Two White Beds
"Ray calls this a book of poetry for runners. He is correct on every count."-Mark Remy, DumbRunner.com
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