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Peter Sagal, the host of NPR’s beloved show Wait Wait..Don’t Tell Me and a popular columnist for Runner’s World, shares his insightful and entertaining look at life and running that explores the transformative power of the sport.


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Peter Sagal, the host of NPR’s beloved show Wait Wait..Don’t Tell Me and a popular columnist for Runner’s World, shares his insightful and entertaining look at life and running that explores the transformative power of the sport.

30 review for The Incomplete Book of Running

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ron S

    A mid-life memoir you needn't be a runner to enjoy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Vulnerable and made me want to run marathons. Should prob have a trigger warning about dieting.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Van Reese

    As a long time runner, I was very pleased to win this book in a give away (thank you Simon & Shuster). The only negative, I felt, was that he talks about his divorce; a lot. It was painful, so O.K. We will let it go. Most of the book was, surprise, actually about running. I felt that I could relate well with his running experiences, and found we had much in common. My dad also ran and kind of influenced me getting started running (though I never made fun of him); I also asked for real runnin As a long time runner, I was very pleased to win this book in a give away (thank you Simon & Shuster). The only negative, I felt, was that he talks about his divorce; a lot. It was painful, so O.K. We will let it go. Most of the book was, surprise, actually about running. I felt that I could relate well with his running experiences, and found we had much in common. My dad also ran and kind of influenced me getting started running (though I never made fun of him); I also asked for real running shoes (and got them); I also ran marathons (though not as many as Pete, and not Boston...yet). One of my favorite parts was at the end when he talks about the difference between running as a lifestyle and "jogging" for exercise. I quote part of it, "Joggers wait to finish; we runners expect to get somewhere." People will sometimes ask me, "Are you still jogging?" (Jogging? As if!) Like maybe I have finally put that phase behind me. I usually just say, "Yes, I still run almost every day. The other thing is how they are amazed that I run in the winter. Actually, there might be some legitimate craziness there, but yes, I still run even when it is dark and single digits; because I am a runner.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jan Van Bruaene

    I didn't know what to expect about this book. I only know about Peter Sagal from NPR Wait Wait Don't Tell me Show. And I heard he co-wrote the less than stellar movie Dirty Dancing Havana Nights. He wrote a book about running? What does Peter Sagal know about running? It turns out he knows quite a bit about it, and has a great number high paced races to show for it. I expected a funny and witty book. It is not. It is an honest and often raw story about the running part of his life. I could not p I didn't know what to expect about this book. I only know about Peter Sagal from NPR Wait Wait Don't Tell me Show. And I heard he co-wrote the less than stellar movie Dirty Dancing Havana Nights. He wrote a book about running? What does Peter Sagal know about running? It turns out he knows quite a bit about it, and has a great number high paced races to show for it. I expected a funny and witty book. It is not. It is an honest and often raw story about the running part of his life. I could not put this book down. And once I finished it, the only natural thing to do was to end it with in true radio tradition of Paul Harvey: "And now you know the rest of the story".

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    If you need anymore convincing that exercise almost always helps with emotions, listen to this. Peter Sagal has a great radio voice (of course) and he's a comedian so he applies those things to this discussion of how running has helped him weather his family falling apart and a difficult divorce as well as doing his best to keep his weight off. The book is a wee bit repetitive - there are a couple of times where he urges the listener to take out their earbuds to run (I like to run with mine if I If you need anymore convincing that exercise almost always helps with emotions, listen to this. Peter Sagal has a great radio voice (of course) and he's a comedian so he applies those things to this discussion of how running has helped him weather his family falling apart and a difficult divorce as well as doing his best to keep his weight off. The book is a wee bit repetitive - there are a couple of times where he urges the listener to take out their earbuds to run (I like to run with mine if I'm running alone but, like Sagal, I prefer to run with other people) and I thought briefly that my audiobook was repeating itself. But it's a minor quibble. He maintains humour throughout even when discussing depression but without minimizing the pain. His stories about guiding runners with vision challenges are fascinating and you have to be very glad that the person he was guiding in 2013 gutted out the last mile of the Boston marathon finishing just a very few minutes before the bombs went off. (The interview with NPR makes him rightfully cringe but hindsight is 20/20.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from the publisher. Love listening to Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me on car rides to visit family, and I’ve always enjoyed Peter’s sense of humor. The book was great - not just about Peter’s experience and time spent running but about others’ experiences and time spent running as well. And about the Boston bombings. And life. And challenges. And failures. And on running being a solo and group sport. It didn’t tell any one specific story in detail, but it tells t I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from the publisher. Love listening to Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me on car rides to visit family, and I’ve always enjoyed Peter’s sense of humor. The book was great - not just about Peter’s experience and time spent running but about others’ experiences and time spent running as well. And about the Boston bombings. And life. And challenges. And failures. And on running being a solo and group sport. It didn’t tell any one specific story in detail, but it tells the story of running and how it has helped and motivated countless people very well. This is just what I needed for motivation to put my running shoes back on and get back out there. Though, probably for a half marathon at the most. Or at the least some chill feet-to-pavement time of casual running. I’d recommend this book to anyone who has ever had at least one good run. Or wants to have at least one good run. Or anyone enjoys retelling of not so perfect but very much inspiring stories.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    If you enjoy Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me on NPR (which I do), Peter Sagal's humour (which I do), and you run (which I do), pick up this book. Despite being a Wait Wait fan, I never knew Peter ran (and ran fast!) until I heard about the release of this book. I listened to it on the plane to New York to run the 2018 NYC Marathon on 4 November. It was a poignant, funny, and I highly recommend the audiobook!

  8. 4 out of 5

    John

    I loved this audiobook - it was funny, was about running, and was interspersed with Peter's observations and reflections about some of his personal life events. He has the courage to open up about his failed first marriage, which can't be easy, but sometimes it sounds like he's playing the victim card a little heavy and looking for sympathy. Nonetheless, I loved the book and look forward to reading his other books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Got to hear Sagal give a book talk at Sixth and I about this book and it was lovely. This is a nice, short book about how running has changed his life for the better. Also nice shout out to my buddy Bobby Gill who started Cupid’s Undie Run! I think I introduced the two on twitter when I saw Sagal tweet that he was running the race!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mike Dennisuk

    This is an interesting book written by Peter Sagal ( host of NPRs “Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me”). The book is about his running life with particular focus on the year of his divorce. The book varies between being funny, thoughtful, sad, insightful. It is an easy read ... part memoir, part running book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debra Hennessey

    Funny, inspiring and poignant.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Wilhelm

    Peter Sagal AND Running!! What's not to love.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dan Chilton

    Motivating and, surprisingly, poignant

  14. 4 out of 5

    The Green Girl

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the self-narrated audible version of this book on my runs. It was an easy read and Peter kept me engaged with his stories and introspections.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    He got divorced...lol

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angie Boyter

    3+ but not quite 4, mainly because of the disorganization. See my Amazon review to hear about the good stuff! https://www.amazon.com/review/R11M4D2...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Allen

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ignatz

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ian Marlier

  22. 5 out of 5

    Russ

  23. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Underthrill

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amiee Maxwell

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jt

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

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