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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Richard Dubin is a talented distance runner at a major southern university. Pain is the story of Richard's senior year as he proceeds with varying success through the year, from cross country through the Olympic Trials, all the while trying to manage a seesawing relationship with a beautiful and fascinatingly unpredictable woman, 10 years his senior. Richard's university i ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Authorhouse (first published September 1st 1998)
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Francis Cusick
Hmm, I actually enjoyed this book a lot up until the last few chapters (see below). It’s about a competitive distance runner at a major Southern University, so the comparisons to Once a Runner are pretty much inevitable. However, the two books differ in that OAR is a far more uplifting and motivational book. Pain gets very dark, but at the same time I feel like it’s a good take on a particular type of person who seems to be drawn to distance running.

I wouldn't really recommend this book per se,
Scott Stewart
I thought this book way pretty good. It reminded me of Once a Runner a lot. As a avid runner I am always searching for books about the life of runners, and fiction stories are more motivational to me than non-fiction. This is a genre that is hard to find, so I appreciate any and all efforts made to write books like this.
Sarah Gagnon
Aug 03, 2009 Sarah Gagnon rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: competitive runners
Recommended to Sarah by: Runner World
This was heralded as a motivational book from Runner's World; a runners magazine I trust. However, even as an avid runner, I didn't find it inspirational, more philosophical and even depressing. It was very good - I got through it in only a few days which will vouch for how interesting the story was. However, at this point in my life, where I am injured an unable to run Id didn't see the motivational factor they mentioned. Overall, just a good story that runners can relate to.
Matthew Mccall
Wanted to do 3.5 stars here, was kinda surprised by the book, really thought it was a rip off of "once a runner" initially but the last few chapters really took it in a very different direction and gave a different insight into the pressure of elite distance running
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