Idle Feet Do the Devil's Work

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Idle Feet Do the Devil’s Work is an entertaining mix of facts, fiction, and opinions, all written with Ray’s unique blend of curmudgeonly candor and humor.
Ray takes a wide-ranging look at why so many people risk sore knees and smelly shoes in order to cross one more finish line, maybe, if they’re lucky, just a little faster than they ever have before.
Inside these pages, Ray covers a dizzying array of topics, including guiding a blind runner at the Boston Marathon in 2013 and the triumphant return to Hopkinton in 2014 after the bombing, a runner who sells his ‘sole’ to the devil, what your race trophies are talking about when you’re not listening, marathon pacing tips and a marathon training secret you won’t get anywhere else, and much more.
See why Runner’s World called Ray a “New England running fixture” and why Mrs. Marble (Ray’s kindergarten teacher) said Ray “enjoys explaining his ideas at great length.”
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About the author

Ray Charbonneau is the author of a number of books on running. That number is currently four. He's also the editor of "The 27th Mile", a benefit anthology for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Ray has run more than thirty marathons and ultramarathons, including one and a half 100 mile races, without winning a single one. But there's always tomorrow.

Ray's work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, Ultrarunning, Marathon & Beyond, Level Renner, Cool Running and other publications. Find out more at www.y42k.com.

Ray lives in Arlington, MA with his wife and their two cats. You can often find Ray and Ruth out on the streets running, but Felix and Phoebe stay inside.

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Publisher
Y42K Publishing
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Published on
Oct 11, 2014
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Pages
322
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ISBN
9781502765550
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Language
English
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Genres
Sports & Recreation / Running & Jogging
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Content Protection
This content is DRM free.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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Ray Charbonneau
"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.
"Simple Rhythms is a work of love for an activity that a lot of people hate. There are some wonderful surprises inside, with poems, parodies, free verse, limericks, musings, and mantras. As someone who runs but struggles with motivation, I find much of myself in Charbonneau's work and find that familiarity a comfort. Poetry will always be the closest humans get to painting with emotion, and Charbonneau shares his love and struggles as clearly in this work as Bob Ross shares his happy little trees and affinity for painting with trowels."-Jesse Parent, author of The Noise That Is Not You and two-time Individual World Poetry Slam runner-up
"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
Ray Charbonneau
"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.
"Simple Rhythms is a work of love for an activity that a lot of people hate. There are some wonderful surprises inside, with poems, parodies, free verse, limericks, musings, and mantras. As someone who runs but struggles with motivation, I find much of myself in Charbonneau's work and find that familiarity a comfort. Poetry will always be the closest humans get to painting with emotion, and Charbonneau shares his love and struggles as clearly in this work as Bob Ross shares his happy little trees and affinity for painting with trowels."-Jesse Parent, author of The Noise That Is Not You and two-time Individual World Poetry Slam runner-up
"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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