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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners: 101 Inspirational Stories of Energy, Endurance, and Endorphins

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Runners will love these inspirational stories about their sport -- the camaraderie, the self-discipline, the energy and endorphins they enjoy, the self-discovery. Includes stories on swimming and cycling for triathletes too.

When runners aren't running, they are talking about running, planning their next run, shopping for running... This book contains 101 stories from every
ebook, 400 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Chicken Soup for the Soul (first published July 13th 2010)
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Being in the beginning stages of half marathon training after being a "casual runner" over the last year, I found myself putting off going to the gym. The distances were hard, I felt like I wasn't improving, I was always sore. But I knew I had to start training after I signed up for my first half marathon. I didn't have a choice anymore. Well, I did, but the race sure wouldn't be pretty. I was looking for a new book to read and this one happened to catch my eye. I've always been a fan of the Chi ...more
I never thought I would enjoy a chicken soup book, I didn't see them as very masculine. But I am so glad I took my wife's advice and read this one. Now when I'm out checking off the miles the stories from this book go through my head to make time go by faster. Very very good book. It's on my wishlist... :)
Lenore Webb

People can get motivated to do all kinds of things for all sorts of reasons. Some give up a few hours' sleep in favor of healthy exercise. Some give up jobs to pursue a dream. Some go out on a limb to turn
strangers into friends. All these stories and many more are shared in a new book in the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners features 101 stories from amateur and expert athletes, beginners and old hands, weekend joggers and Olympic marathoners. There are
I liked listening to these inspirational stories on my commute. My only complaint is that I can't mark passages that I want to remember - although one did stick with me: "The miracle isn't that I finished; rather it is that I had the courage to start." That quote sums up my running experience. I started running at the age of 53, when I was nearly 50 pounds overweight, and a friend asked me join her and do Nashville's Country Music Half Marathon. In what could only have been a moment of temporary ...more
These are my favorites.

"I could be a runner anytime I wanted, at any pace I wanted, if only that's what I believed. It didn't matter how fast I was going, or if I was walking, or where I placed in my age group. It didn't matter how fast or slow anybody else ran. The comparison and the final time are just for our amusement--a game to keep us interested." p.269

"In the world of athletics I'm the tortoise, not the hare. Even so, I find great rewards in pushing myself to my limits. It's me finding ou
Nastassja Ocasio
I've been a runner since I was 13 years old. After overcoming crucial scoliosis surgery at the age of 12, I thought I was never going to be able to be active or as motivated as I had always been. I joined the track team and became known as the "track star" of my high school. After competing in all seasons (indoor, outdoor and cross country track) for 4 years, I won over 100 medals, was captain for 2 years and was indeed a much stronger and confident athlete. Running has always been my life and t ...more
So... On Wed I woke up thinking... this traing is getting pretty hard for this old girl... maybe I am in over my head. Maybe I will just not train like this... maybe I will take today off ....
I went to school and Tanya Newman said "may I see you for minute"? We went down to her room and she said "I saw this and thought of you. I thought it would inspire you and your workouts..." She gave me the book Chickn Soup for the Soul Runners. Amazing how things happen and people make such a difference in

Such a great book! I listened to this while I was running. Many times the stories would make me bust out laughing and other times I would cry. Running is something that is so personal but many runners have similar experiences. I found myself being flooded with my own running memories of the good the bad and the ugly. I was that first time marathoner that thought a 15 mile run would get me through...and it did, however when the older generation passed me it was humbling. My favorite story was th
Series of quick, inspiring, and motivating stories. Something in here for all runners that will make you want to lace up and get out there!
Travis Smith
Fantastic memoirs, very motivating.
Great gift idea for runners.
Rhonda Coale
Good Chicken Soup book, lots of inspirational stories. Nice, easy summer read.
An inspiring read for runners or those thinking about it. It's hard to find excuses reading what many of these people have overcome in their lives.
Sometimes I just like reading short stories! I would like to say this book inspired me to head out for a run EVERY day but it didn't! It was a great collection of running stories and I enjoyed reading them and if I wasn't so lazy I probably would have been inspired :-) I recommend this for anyone who has ever laced up their sneakers and gone 'running'!
Cristina Garcia
I'm training to run my first 5K in October and before every session I would read a story or three. This anthology was great! It made me feel like I could do it too. I loved each story and even cried after a few. This truly is chicken soup for the soul.
Overall, I liked this book. It's really refreshing to read a running book focused more on experiences and triumphs than advice and training plans. I just hope it helps me with the mental wall I'm trying to push through!
A lovely collection of stories to keep you inspired. In my humble opinion, Chicken Soup for the Soul books are much better in audio. The stories come to life & motivate that much more.
Linda Te
I loved reading this book. It was very interesting, I understood a lot more about running than I did before reading this book. I understand the training that running requires.
This had only a few stories that bored me. I was pretty inspired and frankly it was hard to sit and read this book...made me want to go out and run!
Beth Bloomquest
Inspirational, as all Chicken Soup books are. Stories of all types of runners, from weekend joggers to Ultramarathoners and Ironman triathletes.
Amber Freeland
So far it is a wonderful pick-me-up when I'm feeling down about my running. I grab it when I need a little inspiration.
Some inspiring, some trivial. I suppose it takes all sorts but some of these people's stories are a bit too gushy.
I love reading about running, but I couldn't get into this one.
Myra Marangi
Stories that inspired me to finish my marathon!
some lovely inspiring stories from runners -
Craig Walker
There were some good ones in here.
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Jack Canfield is an American motivational speaker and author. He is best known as the co-creator of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series, which currently has over 124 titles and 100 million copies in print in over 47 languages. According to USA Today, Canfield and his writing partner, Mark Victor Hansen, were the top-selling authors in the United States in 1997.

Canfield received a BA in Chi
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“My runs always remind me of what life is: always putting one foot in front of the other, even when I’m exhausted. It’s about running up the hill, however daunting, and congratulating myself for not stopping. Life, like running, is about getting up and pushing on ahead, even if I’ve tripped on a pothole. It’s about keeping the rhythm and setting a pace. It’s about minding my injuries and allowing myself time to heal, but not letting injuries get the best of me. Running is like life; it is a glorious, albeit sometimes painful, act of always moving forward.” 5 likes
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