Ray Charbonneau lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with his wife, Ruth Sespaniak, and their two cats, Felix and Phoebe. Ruth and Ray can often be found running on the streets of Arlington, but Felix and Phoebe stay inside.
Ray is the author of a number of books on running. That number is currently 4. He is also the editor of “The 27th Mile”, an anthology of articles, stories, and poems on running whose proceeds go to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. His articles on running have appeared in the Boston Globe, Ultrarunning, Marathon & Beyond, Level Renner, Cool Running and other publications. Find out more at y42k.com.
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TILTing in 2010: Things I Love Thursday
With all the negativity in the world, it’s easy to lose track of the good stuff at times. Actively focusing on the positive in life is always good to do. That's why Ruth Sespaniak began her weekly practice of reflecting on the things that bring extra joy and happiness into her life. Reading Ruth's TILT's will help you start thinking about the things you love!
Idle Feet Do the Devil's Work
Ray tells the real truth about running in an entertaining mix of facts, fiction, and opinions, all written with his unique blend of curmudgeonly candor and humor. It's a wide-ranging look at why so many people risk sore knees and smelly shoes in order to cross one more finish line, maybe, if they’re lucky, just a little faster than they ever have before.
Overthinking the Marathon
Overthinking the Marathon is an intimate look at one man's preparation for his 21st marathon, covering the details that make running interesting and fun, even – no, especially – when it hurts.
"Ray's loaning himself out as a thoughtful, veteran, and funny training partner. You couldn't find a better one as you get ready for your next 26.2-miler."
-Amby Burfoot, 1968 Boston Marathon winner
R is for Running
F is for Fun in this lighthearted lexicon that spells out what it means to be a runner. It's 26 smiles of running enjoyment!
An inexpensive gift for the road warrior, trail trotter, or weekend jogger!
Chasing the Runner's High
In "Chasing the Runner's High", Ray Charbonneau tells the story how he pushed his addiction to running up to, and then past, his limits. It's a memoir that shares what he learned, what he should have learned, and what he still has to learn from running.
Marshall Ulrich, 4 time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon calls Chasing the Runner's High "a hard look at the mind of a runner".
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