The Incomplete Book Of Running

The Incomplete Book Of Running


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).


  • 001 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Open
    Duration: 36s
  • 002 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Dedication
    Duration: 07s
  • 003 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Epigraphs
    Duration: 20s
  • 004 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Preface
    Duration: 19min
  • 005 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Chapter1
    Duration: 38min
  • 006 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Chapter2
    Duration: 47min
  • 007 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Chapter3
    Duration: 22min
  • 008 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Chapter4
    Duration: 29min
  • 009 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Chapter5
    Duration: 24min
  • 010 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Chapter6
    Duration: 28min
  • 011 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Chapter7
    Duration: 08min
  • 012 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Chapter8
    Duration: 16min
  • 013 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Chapter9
    Duration: 27min
  • 014 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Chapter10
    Duration: 45min
  • 015 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Postscript
    Duration: 16min
  • 016 TheIncompleteBookOfRunning Close
    Duration: 54s