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

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When runners aren't running, they are talking about running, planning their next run, shopping for running. This audiobook contains 101 stories from runners, telling their stories to other runners about. Running - how it has changed their lives, their bodies, and their spirits. Runners will love these inspirational stories of fellow runners challenging themselves, recovering from injuries, and staying motivated. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners also includes amazing stories of marathons, camaraderie, and the ...

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Overview

When runners aren't running, they are talking about running, planning their next run, shopping for running. This audiobook contains 101 stories from runners, telling their stories to other runners about. Running - how it has changed their lives, their bodies, and their spirits. Runners will love these inspirational stories of fellow runners challenging themselves, recovering from injuries, and staying motivated. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners also includes amazing stories of marathons, camaraderie, and the natural high that comes from this popular sport. It holds plenty of stories for triathletes too, covering swimming and cycling.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455891306
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 6/4/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Amy Newmark is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Dean Karnazes is an internationally-known endurance athlete, speaker, and author.

Biography

While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told Shareguide.com. "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Introduction Dean Karnazes xi

1 Starting Out

1 The Circle Is the Only Geometry Matt Fitzgerald 1

2 How I Found My Running Partner Marie Duffoo 5

3 Real Runners Marjorie Woodall 9

4 The Side Effect of Fear Ron Kaiser, Jr. 11

5 Tale of a Former Slowpoke Claire Howlett 13

6 To Kingdom Come Carol McAdoo Rehme 17

7 Dark Morning Running Jill Barville 20

8 Taking a Leap of Faith Marianne Mousigian 23

9 The Jogging Mommy Beth Braccio Hering 25

10 Who Knew? Diane Stark 28

2 Running Therapy

11 The Sanctity of the Run Luci L. Creery 35

12 Alive Tammy Ruggles 38

13 The Secret Tina Bausinger 41

14 Moving Forward Amanda Southall 43

15 Changing Course Jennifer Freed 46

16 Running Meditation Cristina M. Cherry 48

17 The Marathon Miracle Allen R. Smith 51

18 Full Circle John P. Buentello 56

19 To Celebrate Carla O'Brien 59

20 How Motherhood Made Me a Better Runner and Vice Versa Lisa Levin Reichmann 63

21 I'd Only Just Begun Rita Lussier 67

3 Camaraderie

22 The Kindness of Runners Mark Remy 73

23 The Pre-Dawn People Dana Martin 77

24 I Am a Hasher Jeff Hoyt 81

25 That Should Have Been a Left Dena Harris 84

26 Cross Country Isn't for Wimps Bob Dickson 87

27 Running Blind Carolyn Magner Mason 90

28 Trail and Error Shelby Gonzalez 94

29 Who Is Robert DeVille? Lee Hammerschmidt 97

30 Running with Geezers Dena Harris 99

31 Give 'em the Knuckles Tim Brewster 103

4 Comebacks

32 The New York Marathon after 9/11 Lindsay Nielsen 109

33 Triumph Over Tragedy Scott Moloney 113

34 Racewalking Charles Boyle 118

35 The Warrior Woman Ron Kaiser, Jr. 121

36 Bumps in the Road Lori Hein 123

37 A Runner Kathleen Shoop 126

38 Why I Run Cindy Hanna 129

39 Dreams Dr. Tim Maggs 132

40 Through Grit Alone Scott Rigsby 136

41 Deena Kastor Greg Woodburn 140

5 Everyday Adventures

42 Miracle on the Run Josh Cox 147

43 Nowhere to Go J.M. Penfold 153

44 How Not to Jog Sharon Van Zandt 156

45 Morning Run Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller 160

46 The God of the iPod James S. Fell 162

47 Waterworks Christina Dymock 167

48 Keith's World Jenny R. George 170

49 The Truth about the Winter Runner Mark Spangler 173

50 Cleansing the Soul Machille Legoullon 176

51 Initially I Was Alone Gil D. Hannon 178

52 Race Day Amy Stockwell Mercer 180

6 Family Ties

53 The Best Race of My Life Dean Karnazes 187

54 Running Home Melissa Blanco 190

55 My Running Partner Bettie Wailes 193

56 Recovered Memories Mike Sackett 196

57 T-Shirt Tales Samantha Ducloux Waltz 200

58 Cosmic Engineering R. Mike Bennett 204

59 Extreme Corps Marathon and Stars Connie K. Pombo 207

60 Saints at the Races Diane Shaw 212

61 Marathon Mom Bonnie West 216

62 Sharing More Than a Jog Erin Liddell 219

7 A Step at a Time

63 Finding Inspiration in Each Other Roy Pirrung 225

64 Running with the Wolf Pack Roberta Beach Jacobson 229

65 The Lion's Prey Ginger Herring 231

66 Running for My Life Chris Salstrom 234

67 From Smoking to Hot Erika Tremper 237

68 Inspired to Run Jennifer Lee Johnson 240

69 The Most Dedicated Ben Mueller 242

70 The Shelf Curse Sherrie Page Najarian 245

71 First Step Fallon Kane 248

8 Fortitude

72 Listen to Yourself Lisa Smith-Batchen 255

73 My Love for Ultrarunning Michelle Barton 258

74 40 on 40 Melissa Butler 261

75 A Lesson in Running P.R. O'Leary 264

76 Changing My Story Amy Moritz 267

77 Running with Joy William Sanchez 270

78 Running through Denial Julie Bradford Brand 273

79 When Life Hands You a Lemon Bobbie Jensen Lippman 276

80 Heat Stroke Ron Kaiser, Jr. 280

81 To Finish the Race Nancy Liedel 284

82 Mile 24 Christine A. Brooks 287

9 Interesting Places

83 Push Katie Visco 293

84 Women Can Run Too Rachel Jones 295

85 A New Road Marian Tascio Friedrichs 300

86 You Can Go Home Again Janine Fleury 303

87 You Can Run, But You Can't Hide Courtney Gilman 306

88 The Granddaddy Samantha Ducloux Waltz 311

89 Footprints around God's World Kathryn Schneeman 314

90 Each Step an Offering Eli Shostak 318

91 The Broken Toe Michael Brennan 323

10 Moving on to Triathlons

92 Ironman Lindsay Nielsen 331

93 The Terror of Tri Melissa Dymock 336

94 Racing with Heart Carrie Monroe 339

95 In It to Finish Chuck Matsoff 342

96 Saying Boo to Cancer Molly Hensien 346

97 Tweny Years to Reach a Pipe Dream Karen Gray-Keeler 349

98 The Heart of an Ironman Tricia Downing 352

99 Racing Back Elena Aitken 357

100 Competing Voices Christina Kapp 360

101 Triathlete Grandma Bonnie Schey McClurg 364

Meet Our Contributors 367

Meet Our Authors 382

Thank You! 384

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

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    Inspiration for Anyone who Runs or Wants to Run

    As most runners will know, sometimes the tank gets empty and you question why you run. Burn out happens! Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners will help you rediscover why you love to run. Whether it's for health reasons, or to connect with friends over a shared interest, or even just because you feel the need to get out and run, the variety of stories in this book will keep you interested and eagerly turning the pages.

    A wide range of people are featured--from beginning runners, to competitive runners, to people who used to run, stopped, and have begun to run again. Each has personal reasons and many of the stories are very touching. Most of all, they are inspiring and remind you that there are others out there experiencing just what you do when you run. Enjoy this one--I think of these stories when I'm running, and it keeps me going.

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    Need advice

    I am sooooo slow at running any tip to get a bit faster just put to slow girl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Running inspiration

    Great book!

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    Posted September 5, 2012

    PLEASE READ

    Im Josie-Anna. Im Dani's cousin. She had to give her NOOK to me.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    Couldn't put it down

    A book like this is meant to pick up once in a while when you need a pick me up. Not. Even saw an author from my home town who was a contributing writer.

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