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Peter Sagal, the host of NPR’s Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and a popular columnist for Runner’s World, shares lessons, stories, advice, and warnings gleaned from running the equivalent of once around the Earth.

At the verge of turning 40, Peter Sagal - brainiac Harvard grad, short, bald Jew with a disposition toward heft, and a sedentary star of public radio - started running seriously. And much to his own surprise, he kept going, faster and further, running 14 marathons and logging tens of thousands of miles on roads, sidewalks, paths, and trails all over the US and the world, including the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he crossed the finish line moments before the bombings.

In this new audiobook, 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 funny, wise, and powerful meditation about running and life that will appeal to listeners everywhere. 

©2018 Peter Sagal (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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  • Ricky
  • 22-02-2019

Absolutely excellent.

I am not a runner, I am not athletic and I had honestly somehow never heard of Peter Sagal. How I stumbled across this book doesn't even really make sense. Fate perhaps.

This was the best audio book I have heard to date. Sagal takes us through his childhood, his relationships and his experience with the Boston marathon bombings; all through the lens of his time spent running.

It's a beautiful read that will make you laugh, then cry, and then laugh some more.

I can not recommend this enough.

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  • ben Mansur
  • 31-10-2018

First running book I actually enjoyed!

Great stories from a non elite athlete. Any runner will relate and non runners will be inspired. And it’s read by Peter Sagal.

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  • David A Serrano
  • 12-02-2019

Loved it.

This book taught me a thing or two about life and running, and it was funny. I didnt know what to expect before I started the book, but I really enjoyed it.

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  • Timothy Phelan
  • 18-01-2019

Fabulous

One of the best things you can listen to on Audible. If you are a runner, the book is doubly fabulous. Highly recommended!

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  • Brian30
  • 09-11-2018

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Runner or not this is a great book and best as audio as Peter Sagal has a bit of experience behind the microphone. It puts running into perspective from the joys to stomach trouble. I was hooked within the first story of Boston and breezes through the remainder. I was saddened that it had to end, just like a runner might feel when the training is over and the race has ended. I wait for the next book Peter!

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  • The reading runner
  • 02-07-2020

Generally a good story with a few marathons

Book was a nice listen/read. You can tell Peter is a wonderful writer.

Near the middle, the book feels a little inconsiderate in its voice. For example, he a comment about being stupid if one believes in intelligent design, which seemed thrown in there as a general aside and unrelated to the general story.

Overall an interesting story and worth the listen.

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  • J. Bergman
  • 15-09-2021

Honest, deep, serious, and amusing

I thought I loved Peter Sagal from Wait, Wait, but I live him a lot more now. Running unites his stories and reflections on relationships in this book, and I’m inspired as a runner myself, but so much more is going on. So much kindness and thoughtfulness…

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  • Shanley bellve
  • 24-07-2021

Entertainment and honesty

Really appreciated the brutal honesty of the Author. Having upset and downs in his running life makes him very human. highly recommend reading or as I enjoyed Audible version by the Author himself.

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  • Donald Bullard
  • 20-07-2021

Wait wait do tell me.

A gem of narrator, who translates an alien experience in human way. I know it's worth resisting to just for little gems like "to cook for someone is to love them"

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  • D. Mathis
  • 16-05-2021

Raw pain

Peter explains his depression in real, raw terms. Going through my worst patch in awhile right now and it’s inspiring to hear tales of recovery.

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