Chasing the Runner's High: My Sixty Million-Step Program

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In "Chasing the Runner's High," Ray Charbonneau tells the story how he pushed his addiction to running up to, and then past, his limits. There are plenty of hard miles, but there's lots of fun along the way too as Ray shares what he learned, what he should have learned, and what he still has to learn from running. Marshall Ulrich, 4-time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon and author of "Running on Empty," calls Chasing the Runner's High "a look at one man's life and obsession with running and addictive behaviors. Humorous at times, but always looking toward the greater good, Ray shares life's ups and downs and provides a hard look into the mind of a runner, offering advice that can only be had with experience and hard fought miles underfoot. Adena Schulzberg, winner of the 2006 Arkansas Marathon, writes, "these are brutally honest tales, told with candor and frankness about strength, courage, obsession, desire and hard won understanding of self and sport." It's a great read for runners or for non-runners who want to understand their running friends. www.y42k.com/books/chasingtherunnershigh.html
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About the author

Ray Charbonneau lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with his wife Ruth and their two cats, Felix and Phoebe. Ray and Ruth can often be found running on the streets and trails of Arlington and the surrounding towns, but Felix and Phoebe stay inside. Ray's work has appeared in both national dead-tree publications and landfill-saving electronic formats. His articles on running have appeared in the Boston Globe, Ultrarunning, Marathon & Beyond, Level Renner, Cool Running and other publications. Find out more at y42k.com.
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Publisher
Y42K Publishing
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Published on
Oct 12, 2010
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Pages
262
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ISBN
9781453845639
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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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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
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