An Accidental Athlete: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Middle Age

August 1, 2011|
An Accidental Athlete: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Middle Age by John "the Penguin" Bingham
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A funny thing happened on my way to middle age. I became an athlete. And not just any athlete, but a runner--all without taking a running step until I was 43 years old.

Known by fans as "The Penguin" for his back-of-the-pack speed, John Bingham is the unlikely hero of the modern running boom. In this warm, witty memoir, the best-selling author and columnist recalls his childhood dreams of athletic glory, sedentary years of unhealthy excess, and a life-changing transformation from couch potato to "adult-onset athlete."

Overweight, uninspired, and saddled with a pack-and-a-half-a-day smoking habit, Bingham found himself firmly wedged into a middle-age slump. Then two scary trips to the emergency room and a conversation with a happy piano tuner led him to discover running--and changed his life forever.

In turns inspiring, poignant, hilarious, and heartbreaking,An Accidental Athleteis the story of the unexpected joys of running--the pride of the finisher''s medal, a bureau-busting t-shirt collection, intense back-of-the-pack strategizing. And one man''s discovery that middle age was not the finish line after all, but only the beginning.




Since his column,The Penguin Chronicles, started inRunner''s Worldmagazine in 1996, John “The Penguin Bingham has become one of the running community''s most popular and recognized personalities. Now, as a featured columnist forCompetitorMagazine, national spokesperson for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society''s Team in Training a...
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Title:An Accidental Athlete: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Middle Age
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:216 pages, 7.9 X 4.9 X 0.8 in
Shipping dimensions:216 pages, 7.9 X 4.9 X 0.8 in
Published:August 1, 2011
Publisher:VeloPress
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781934030738

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