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

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You’ll be motivated by these 101 inspirational running stories from a wide collection of authors, from elite Olympians to casual joggers, including co-author Dean Karnazes. Dean says Chicken Soup for the Soul helped him reinvigorate his passion for running... and life!

Read ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes’s inspiring story about leaving the business world to follow his dream
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Chicken Soup for the Soul
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Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
A bunch of stories from runners of all abilities. Newbies to elites. Some of the stories were really good but others were just ok. I'll admit this book seemed to drag on, pretty obvious since it took me two months to finish it. I could only read a few stories at a time without getting too bored.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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... :)
Sue Jackson
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
It is always difficult to rate a Chicken Soup for the Soul book because there are so many authors. I picked this up because I was hoping to get back into my slow-paced running routine again. My hope was that these stories would provide inspiration.

I must admit that some of the stories did make me want to get out and move. Some of the stories were about runners far more advanced than I or running in events that I have no desire to try. In the same way, some stories were very touching, some were
Julia Doherty
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not yet at the stage where I "love" running, but this book certainly made me want to continue my challenge. From a 70 year old lady that completed a triathlon just after finishing chemotherapy to motivational stories of people completing a 5k, 10K and marathons. I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down.
Leanne Haynes
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would highly recommend this book to a runner, or anyone who wants inspiration to become a runner! Lots of great stories - some that make you cry, some that make you laugh. Readers who enjoyed the three books written by ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, will appreciate his introduction in this book and his personal story as well.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this. Very motivational when training for a half marathon
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sorry about my attitude. This book proved me wrong. You can find my full review here.
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lenore Webb
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing

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
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nastassja Ocasio
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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'!
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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!
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Beth Bloomquest
Inspirational, as all Chicken Soup books are. Stories of all types of runners, from weekend joggers to Ultramarathoners and Ironman triathletes.
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: running
So many amazing stories! A must read for runners!
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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!
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Rhonda Coale
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Good Chicken Soup book, lots of inspirational stories. Nice, easy summer read.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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!
Amber Freeland
Jan 09, 2011 marked it as to-read
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.
Tori Miller
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
I love reading about running, but I couldn't get into this one.
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Tammy Ikram
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great collection of running stories. I hope they come out with a second volume.
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Some inspiring, some trivial. I suppose it takes all sorts but some of these people's stories are a bit too gushy.
Myra Marangi
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Stories that inspired me to finish my marathon!
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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
“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.” 7 likes
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