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Running with the Pack

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Review by Ben Peel

In this highly original book philosopher and amateur runner Mark Rowlands explores the reasons why he runs.

Interspersed with his ruminations on significant runs is a dialectical investigation into how the theories of various philosophers can be applied to running. Rowlands cogently argues that running returns us to something we have lost, as we are caught up in seeking the ‘goals’ of work and materialism. We intuitively understand the importance of play for its own sake during childhood and running was once an activity that was essential to survival. During ‘the beating heart of the run’ we are returned to what we once were and have forgotten. To run is to understand the intrinsic value in life, which for Rowlands is the meaning of running.

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