Chasing the Runner’s High


Chasing the Runner’s High is the story of how Ray Charbonneau pushed his addiction to running up to, and then past, his limits. There are plenty of hard miles, but there’s lots of fun along the way too as Ray shares what he learned, what he should have learned, and what he still has to learn from running.

It’s a great read for runners or for non-runners who want to better understand their running friends!

Chasing the Runner's High

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“Chasing the Runner’s High is a look at one man’s life and obsession with running and addictive behaviors. Humorous at times, but always looking toward the greater good, Ray shares life’s ups and downs and provides a hard look into the mind of a runner, offering advice that can only be had with experience and hard fought miles underfoot.”
Marshall Ulrich, 4 time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon (and author of “Running on Empty”)

“These are not stories for the weak; these are brutally honest tales, told with candor and frankness about strength, courage, obsession, desire and hard won understanding of self and sport….You’ll see yourself in here, sometimes not in the best light. You’ll revel in Ray’s successes, but fear the possible pain and disillusionment ahead. Following Ray on a quest to get better, go farther, get faster and conquer 50, then 100 mile ultramarathons can be grueling, but like the best stories, you hang on to find out how it will end.

The best news for Ray, and for runners and potential runners, is that the book concludes on a high note. Ray comes to a place of understanding and peace with running. That’s something I think all runners strive for, if even if they don’t realize it or address it formally.”

Adena Schutzberg, women’s winner of the 2006 Arkansas Marathon

“I believe without reservation that this is a book that deserves a far wider audience than it will probably get give the nature of modern of publishing and marketing and your (assuredly deliberate) failure to include formulae of the “Ten Steps to Your Best 5K in Only 8 weeks!” sort.

Your happily admitted OCD helps to make the book linear and logical and thereby fascinating, since your description of how you consider and go about things, and the results of it all, resonate as clearly as any first-person account I have ever read. You also capture, better than I have ever seen, an admixture of the reality, hard technical and physiological truths, and spirit of running at any level–this is a book to be enjoyed by the veteran and the first timer in equal measure.

I have read dozens if not scores of running books and this is easily the best non-technical book I have ever read. Plus, you are one funny bleeper, too!”

Dan Solomon, former president, Somerville Road Runners