Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners: 101 Inspirational Stories of Energy, Endurance, and Endorphins
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

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

by
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  172 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Chicken Soup for the Soul (first published July 13th 2010)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 422)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Sara
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
Joshua
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...more
Cindy
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
David
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...more
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
Tracy
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...more
Jennifer


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...more
Thad
Great gift idea for runners.
Richard
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.
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.
Jenny
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!
Eden
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.
Katherine
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.
Feldspar
Some inspiring, some trivial. I suppose it takes all sorts but some of these people's stories are a bit too gushy.
Tori
I love reading about running, but I couldn't get into this one.
Myra Marangi
Stories that inspired me to finish my marathon!
Ram
some lovely inspiring stories from runners -
Craig Walker
There were some good ones in here.
Joy
Jan 26, 2011 Joy is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
excellent `feel good`type of book
Jen
Jen marked it as to-read
Jul 29, 2014
Ash
Ash marked it as to-read
Jul 29, 2014
Kimberly
Kimberly is currently reading it
Jul 27, 2014
Giannis
Giannis marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2014
Majd  Qari
Majd Qari marked it as to-read
Jul 23, 2014
Jabulani
Jabulani marked it as to-read
Jul 20, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 14 15 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss
  • An Accidental Athlete: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Middle Age
  • Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America
  • Going Long: Legends, Oddballs, Comebacks & Adventures
  • My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon
  • Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity
  • Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters with the Ultramarathon
  • To Be a Runner: How Racing Up Mountains, Running with the Bulls, or Just Taking On a 5-K Makes You a Better Person (and the World a Better Place)
  • Runner's World Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary FIRST Training Program
  • The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and On with Your Training
  • A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York
  • The Long Run: One Man's Attempt to Regain His Athletic Career-And His Life-by Running the New York City Marathon
  • Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running
  • Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of Oregon's Legendary Coach and Nike's Co-founder
  • Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run
  • The Beginning Runner's Handbook: The Proven 13-Week Walk/Run Program
  • Lore of Running
  • Run to Overcome: The Inspiring Story of an American Champion's Long-Distance Quest to Achieve a Big Dream
35476
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...more
More about Jack Canfield...
Chicken Soup for the Soul Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul The Success Principles(TM): How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Women (Chicken Soup for the Soul)

Share This Book

“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.” 2 likes
More quotes…