In 1986 Dr. George Sheehan, the spiritual mentor of runners across America, learned that he had inoperable prostate cancer. During his last years he wrote this book and with great courage, candor, and wisdom, Sheehan describes "what dying means to a person undergoing it." He makes every moment count by elevating his interest in the tang and savor of everyday life. He monitors the changes in his body and reflects on the importance of movement, play, and exercise in his experiences as a runner in 60 marathons. As a student of life, Sheehan draws inspiration from others who have faced debilitating diseases. Sheehan's dialogue with death is illuminating and inspiring. "Going the Distance" is a fitting tribute to Dr. George Sheehan's zest for life and his enthusiastic search for meaning.