Books The Lure of Long Distances Why We Run by Robin Harvie Hardcover, 273 pages, Perseus Books Group, List Price: $24.99 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Lure of Long DistancesSubtitleWhy We RunAuthorRobin Harvie Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary An ultra-marathoner discusses his obsession with long-distance running, which culminated in his participation in the oldest and toughest footrace in history—a nonstop 152-mile race from Athens to Sparta. Genres: Sports Nonfiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Lure of Long Distances iStockphoto.com Three Books... Jogging Through Time: 3 Heart-Pumping Memoirs May 19, 2011 Running, that most punishing and solitary of sports — seems to have one of the most devoted followings. Author Liz Colville recommends three new books that are joining the canon of long-distance running tomes, each with a unique perspective on what all those miles can do to for an athlete.