Outrunning the Demons

Outrunning the Demons : Lives Transformed through Running

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Hope through running...

Running can take us to fantastic places. Just as importantly, it can also bring us back from terrible ones. For people in times of crisis, trauma and physical or mental illness - when normality collapses - running can put things back together again.

After bestselling author Phil Hewitt was viciously mugged, stabbed and left for dead in 2016, he found himself suffering the acute symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Unable to make sense of the horrific experience that had happened to him, Phil found that dedicating himself to running was slowly but surely helping him heal. Outrunning the Demons is an enriching and celebratory exploration of the transformative power of running - and how it can be the key to unlocking resilience we never knew we had.

Told through 34 deeply affecting real-life stories and covering such diverse themes as trauma, bereavement, addiction, depression and anxiety, this compelling book is an exposition of just why running can so often be the answer to everything when we find ourselves in extremis.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 22.86mm | 414g
  • Bloomsbury Sport
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472956516
  • 9781472956514
  • 219,802

Review quote

... an inspiring collection of stories about runners who have run through unimaginable adversity to find perspective, resolution and ultimately peace, within themselves and with the universe. -- Dean Karnazes, ultramarathoner and New York Times bestselling author Uplifting and important... This is a book about courage, about kindness, about grief and fortitude, about healing after trauma, about running as a way of finding oneself, about witnessing the best in humankind having experienced the worst * Kate Mosse, author of 'The Burning Chambers' and 'Labyrinth' * [a] remarkable collection of intensely personal stories connects the reader to the restorative power of running. With the assured touch of an experienced journalist and editor... his absorbing accounts allow voices from around the world to remind us that despite the suffering humanity inflicts and endures, through the exhilarating discipline of running the indomitability of the human spirit can prevail. * Hugh Bonneville * Exhilarating, compelling and beautifully written; this extraordinary book, both humbling and uplifting, is a hymn to the triumph of the human spirit and the human heart. * Peter James, international bestselling writer * I defy anyone not to be inspired, moved and excited by the stories of these brave runners, beautifully narrated by Phil Hewitt, who understands their challenges because he is still outrunning his own demons. This book may be a life-changer - or a life-saver. * Peter Lovesey, crime writer and historian * A really good book ... with fascinating stories * BBC Radio Four, Today Programme * Extremely readable... a sane, unsentimental commentary on why they keep on running * i * An enriching and celebratory exploration of the transformative power of running - and how it can be the key to unlocking resilience we never knew we had ... deeply affecting ... compelling. * Fit Pro *
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About Phil Hewitt

Phil Hewitt is, regrettably, well qualified to write this book, as he was viciously mugged in 2016 and effectively left for dead. Suffering the acute symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, Phil found that dedicating himself to running was the only route ahead. Phil is the author of ten books including Keep On Running: The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict, and In The Running: Tales of Extraordinary Runners from Around the World. @marathon_addict
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