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After nearly twenty years of chasing oblivion, a fight in a bar reveals to a newly sober Mishka Shubaly that he is able to run long distances. Despite his best attempts to dodge enlightenment and personal growth, the irreverent young drunk and drug abuser learns to tame his self-destructive tendencies through ultrarunning. His outrageous sense of humor, however, rages unabated.
©2011 Mishka Shubaly (P)2013 Mishka Shubaly
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5 out of 5 stars
By Platypire Bob on 07-24-17

I got the chills a couple of times!

So, I make a list of books that relate to each month's awareness/observance/etc. I came across this one while looking for books about addiction and bought the audible right away. I am so glad I did!

The story is raw and real, brutal in its honesty, and unapologetic. The lifelong addiction is sommething I understand all too well. While I did have the problem myself, I come from a family of alcoholics and have known several people with drug addictions. And it's hard. Most don't understand what goes through the minds of an addict, and Mr. Shubaly walks through his battles like a bull in a fine china shop; no tiptoeing, just laying it out like it was.

When he speaks about depression, I shook. I have always suffered from it, and had trouble explaining what I was going through. He put words to so many of the feelings that I just couldn't articulate, and I actually had tears at the relief that yeah, someone knew EXACTLY what was in my mind.

It's very well done, and he reads it himself, so you get a feel that it's more personal than if he had had someone else do it. I highly suggest this for anyone who might like a look inside the psyche of an addict and/or person with depression.

Bob says: 5 Platypires!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Frank Daugherty on 11-20-17

Story and inexpensive

This reads more like a long journal entry of a recovering alcoholic that is completely disinterested the achievement of recovery. As though he simply exchanged one vice for another, from drinking to running. The voice of disinterested young as a disinterested adult.

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By Robert on 05-07-17

My favorite piece of writing of all time

Read by the Author who does an excellent job, this is a brutally honest account of how the author found running and how it helped his journey toward sobriety and redemption.

Without doubt Misha is an very talented writer and this is my favorite of all his work.

whether you are a runner or in recovery or just enjoy good writing, you will enjoy this brutally honest account of someone doing their best to be a better person and how running can help us all to achieve a better life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Duncan TP on 01-15-17


Mishka Shubaly is a truly great story teller. I got this after reading I Swear I'll Make It Up to You. Although it covers similar ground it was definitely worth it. Like seeing Hendrix play Like a Rolling Stone at two different gigs, it's the same song but each performance had it's own flourishes.

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