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Strides : running through history with an unlikely athlete

Author: Benjamin Cheever
Publisher: New York, NY : Rodale, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the role of running in human history from Pheidippides, who ran the first marathon in 490 B.C. (bringing news to Athens of the Greek victory on the plains of Marathon), to our own soldiers in Iraq today, interspersed with recollections of Cheever's own decades-long devotion to the sport, and an exploration of the impulse to run, described by Cheever as "the desire, the need, to escape into ecstasy."
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Named Person: Benjamin Cheever
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Cheever
ISBN: 9781594862281 1594862281
OCLC Number: 154678101
Description: xi, 244 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Chapter 1 The Fat Man in Green Pajamas 1 --
Chapter 2 First Marathon 5 --
Chapter 3 Running in Prehistory, Long-Distance Intuitions 11 --
Chapter 4 Welcome to the Club 16 --
Chapter 5 Are We Designed for It? 19 --
Chapter 6 Running in Ancient History 24 --
Chapter 7 You Don't Need a Coach 33 --
Chapter 8 My Varsity Football Career on an 11-Man Team: A Short Chapter 41 --
Chapter 9 Running in the Middle Ages 43 --
Chapter 10 All Runners Are Created Equal. Some Runners Are More Equal Than Others 46 --
Chapter 11 Messengers and the Great Age of Pedestrianism 60 --
Chapter 12 Jeremy Morris and the Dawn of a New Age 69 --
Chapter 13 Running Is Transformative-Even for Nonrunners 74 --
Chapter 14 American Running 82 --
Chapter 15 Le Marathon le Plus Long du Monde 92 --
Chapter 16 The Rebirth of the Olympics 103 --
Chapter 17 Let's Keep in Touch 108 --
Chapter 18 The Problem of Kenya: Why Do They Insist on Winning All Our Races? 119 --
Chapter 19 Going to Kenya 130 --
Chapter 20 Not an Army of One, but an Army of Run 147 --
Chapter 21 But Will It Kill Me, Doc? 166 --
Chapter 22 Too Much of a Good Thing 178 --
Chapter 23 Who Are We? 186 --
Chapter 24 The Runner's Agony-I Mean the Runner's High 195 --
Chapter 25 Boston 199 --
Chapter 26 The Finish 210 --
After the Finish: 26.2 Great Books on Running 223.
Responsibility: Benjamin Cheever.
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Explores the role of running in human history from Pheidippides, who ran the first marathon in 490 B.C. (bringing news to Athens of the Greek victory on the plains of Marathon), to our own soldiers in Iraq today, interspersed with recollections of Cheever's own decades-long devotion to the sport, and an exploration of the impulse to run, described by Cheever as "the desire, the need, to escape into ecstasy."

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