The Incomplete Book of Running

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 10, 2019 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
Peter Sagal, the host of NPR’s Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and a popular columnist for Runner’s World, shares “commentary and reflection about running with a deeply felt personal story, this book is winning, smart, honest, and affecting. Whether you are a runner or not, it will move you” (Susan Orlean).

On 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 The Incomplete Book of Running, 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 brilliant book about running…What Peter runs toward is strength, understanding, endurance, acceptance, faith, hope, and charity” (P.J. O’Rourke).
 

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Peter Sagal’s The Incomplete Book of Running is the radio host’s memoir of his running career, which essentially started in middle age as his marriage was falling apart. He relates various segments of ... Read full review

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I'm not a runner (yet?) but still loved this book. Heartwarming, personal, intimate, inspiring. A close-up look at the life of a midlife runner. Made me want to grab my sneakers. I listened to this ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
19
Section 3
23
Section 4
48
Section 5
49
Section 6
63
Section 7
81
Section 8
95
Section 11
119
Section 12
129
Section 13
145
Section 14
172
Section 15
173
Section 16
183
Section 17
187
Section 18
192

Section 9
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Section 10
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About the author (2019)

Peter Sagal is the host of the Peabody Award-winning NPR news quiz Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, one of the most popular shows on public radio, heard over four million listeners each week. He is also a playwright, a screenwriter, the host of Constitution USA with Peter Sagal on PBS, a one-time extra in a Michael Jackson music video, a contributor to publications from Opera News to The Magazine of the AARP and a featured columnist in Runner’s World. He’s run fourteen marathons across the United States. Sagal lives near Chicago with his wife Mara.

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