To Be a Runner: How Racing Up Mountains, Running with the Bulls, or Just Taking On a 5-K Makes You a Better Person (and the World a Better Place)

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9781609611088: To Be a Runner: How Racing Up Mountains, Running with the Bulls, or Just Taking On a 5-K Makes You a Better Person (and the World a Better Place)

With an exuberant mix of passion, insight, instruction, and humor, best-selling author--and lifelong runner--Martin Dugard takes a journey through the world of running to illustrate how the sport helps us fulfill that universal desire to be the best possible version of ourselves each and every time we lace up our shoes. To Be a Runner represents a new way to write about running by bridging the chasm between the two categories of running books: how-to and personal narrative. Spinning colorful yarns of his running and racing adventures on six continents--from competing in the infamous Raid Gauloises to coaching his son's high school cross-country team--Dugard considers what it means to truly integrate the activity into one's life. As entertaining as it is provocative, To Be a Runner is about far more than running: It is about life, and how we should live it.

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New York Times bestselling author and lifelong runner Martin Dugard has written about running and endurance sports for more than twenty years, and run on six continents. His books include Chasing Lance and Into Africa. His writing has appeared in Runner's World, Sports Illustrated, Esquire and many other magazines. He lives in Orange County, California. 

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The wisest of this bunch, as well as the funniest, is Martin Dugard, a coach with competitive experience and bylines in many familiar sports magazines. Coaching has likely helped Dugard achieve such a pleasant outlook.  --NPR.ORG

Dugard's sense of self confidence is evident throughout the book, but so is his ability to take motivation and inspiration from the challenges he faces. He does so with page-turning flare. --The Baltimore Sun

Martin Dugard is an amazing writer, no matter what the topic. But the fact that his latest book, To Be A Runner, is about the one subject that he lives and breathes for makes this his best book ever. 

--Bob Babbitt, Competitor Magazine

"Dugard's... sense of humor shines through. This book will inspire non-athletes, while former runners may find themselves lacing up their running shoes after reading just a few chapters." - Publisher's Weekly

"Dugard's style, a mix of instruction, introspection and experience, reads like both a narrative and a how-to. His essays are thought provoking, inspiring and often humorous...Highly recommended" -Kirkus Reviews 

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