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Depression Hates a Moving Target

How Running With My Dog Brought Me Back From the Brink
Written by: Nita Sweeney
Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins

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Publisher's Summary

It's never too late to chase your dreams: Before she discovered running, Nita Sweeney was 49-years-old, chronically depressed, occasionally manic, and unable to jog for more than 60 seconds at a time. Using exercise, Nita discovered an inner strength she didn't know she possessed, and with the help of her canine companion, she found herself on the way to completing her first marathon. In her memoir, Sweeney shares how she overcame emotional and physical challenges to finish the race and come back from the brink.

There's hope and help on the track: Anyone who has struggled with depression knows the ways the mind can defeat you. However, it is possible to transform yourself with the power of running. You may learn that you can endure more than you think, and that there's no other therapy quite like pavement beneath your feet.

Depression Hates a Moving Target is a witty and poignant story of rediscovery. Whether you're born to run or just looking for rebirth, you will:

  • Be inspired by the powerful story of one woman-and her dog.
  • Cheer on Nita as she endures the challenges of a marathon and a mind in turmoil.
  • And discover the power of running to overcome obstacles.
©2019 Nita Sweeney (P)2019 Tantor
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  • Daniela Rodriguez
  • 06-01-20

10000 stars! If the title sounds right go for it!

Loved this book! No nonsense true story. I enjoyed every second and related to her experience although I am starting the running journey. This book has been a great inspiration. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❣️

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  • Branana
  • 26-12-19

Good Listen, Especially If you Relate

If you aren't a runner but want to be, suffer from mental illness and frequently injuries, then you'll like this book. I fit all of the above and enjoyed it. :)

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  • James
  • 03-12-19

Sweet inspiration

This is one of those great books to listen to when you are at that point of indecision. A brave, true account of being older and a bit crazy (both the good kind and the medical)

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  • amanda l dawkins
  • 10-06-20

Not what I expected

I thought this book would discuss more about mental illness and how running helped. The book mostly talks about running.

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  • RunGirl
  • 03-06-20

Good story...bad narration

The content of the book is very good and even interesting; however, i recommend you read the book rather than listen to this audible version. The narrater is mechanical has a nasal pitch that I found incredibly difficult to get past.
I made it up to the last hour or so and gave up. For me personally, the story and all it’s funny lines and author’s self-discoveries are lost in the narration. I hope you have a better experience.

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  • Keli
  • 20-05-20

Funny and inspiring

Nice to hear many struggles being talked about from beginning to end and the achievements awarded.

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  • Jason
  • 21-02-20

Inspirational book

I found myself relating to so many of the thoughts and feelings of the author. Living in Columbus for 3 years now I have run on these same trails and courses. In the middle of listening to chapter 25, I was driving down High Street smiling because I could picture the race. Such an honest perspective on the games a runner’s mind plays in this sport.

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  • Ali F.
  • 16-02-20

Running is so much more than just running!

This a fabulous story of a woman who figured out the undeniable truth about running- it is life saving. It's well written and is enjoyable to listen to her adventure from a 60 second-kitchen- timered "run" to completing a full marathon. It's a refreshing story for those of us who truly "run to burn off the crazy"

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  • Book Lover
  • 09-02-20

Too Many Unnecessary Details

I listened to chapter 24 and just couldn’t take anymore. The endless details that add words, not meaning, became difficult to listen to. Her stream of thought on paper - EVERY thought that ran through her mind - and her dreams -ugh! No thanks.

I kept waiting for the title to become evident but it doesn’t. Even after accomplishing a half marathon, her fear, anxiety and depression remained. If depression hates a moving target, it’s not proven here.

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  • Emily
  • 05-02-20

great book for anyone who struggles w/ depression

this book was great it made me cry it made me laugh and most of all it got me back running- which really does help my depression! her story telling is wonderful and very relatable!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-20

Good content good honesty

its good to read something so honest about their struggle with depression and body confidence