People Who Kick Buts: George Sheehan
It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside of you that wants you to quit.
- Born on November 5, 1918 in Brooklyn New York and passed away on November 1, 1993.
- He is best known for his books and writings about the sport of running. His book, “Running & Being: The Total Experience,” became a New York Times best seller.
- He was a track star in college, and later became a cardiologist like his father. He served as a doctor in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II on the destroyer USS Daily.
- George A. Sheehan was the oldest of 14 children. He was a track star at Manhattan College, but did not renew his interest in running until age 45 while living in Rumson, New Jersey.
- He began running in his back yard (26 loops to a mile) and then started running along the river road during his lunch break wearing long-johns and a ski mask. Five years later, he ran a 4:47 mile, which was the world’s first sub-five-minute time by a 50-year-old.
- Many years were served as the medical editor for Runner’s World magazine. He wrote eight books and lectured around the world.
- In 1986, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He continued to run until his legs could no longer carry him. During this period he continued to write about his experiences. This time it wasn’t about running, it was about dying. “Going the Distance” was his last book. It was published shortly after his death in 1993.