The Courage To Start: A Guide To Running for Your Life [NOOK Book]

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"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
Take your first step toward fitness and a happier, healthier life.

Has the idea of running crossed your mind, but you haven't acted on it because you don't think you have the body of a runner? Have you thought about running but quit before you started because you knew that you would be breathless at the end of your driveway? Well, put aside those fears because ...
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The Courage To Start: A Guide To Running for Your Life

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Overview

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
Take your first step toward fitness and a happier, healthier life.

Has the idea of running crossed your mind, but you haven't acted on it because you don't think you have the body of a runner? Have you thought about running but quit before you started because you knew that you would be breathless at the end of your driveway? Well, put aside those fears because you can do it. John Bingham, author of the popular Runner's World column "The Penguin Chronicles," transformed himself from an overweight couch potato who smoked into a runner who has completed eleven marathons and hundreds of road races.
Forget about the image of a perfect body in skintight clothes, and don't worry about how fast or how far you go. Bingham shows how anyone can embrace running as a life-enhancing activity -- rather than as a competition you will never win. In an entertaining blend of his own success story and practical advice, Bingham provides reasonable guidelines for establishing a program of achievable goals; offers tips on clothing, running shoes, and other equipment; and explains how anyone can prepare for and run distances ranging from a few miles to marathons.
After all, in running and in life, the difference between success and failure sometimes comes down to a single step. Waddle on, friends.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439147931
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 96,046
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

John Bingham writes "The Penguin Chronicles," a monthly column in Runner's World, maintains a popular Web site, and trains other "slow and steady" runners nationwide. He lives in Tennessee.
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Table of Contents

<P><FONT SIZE="+1"><B>CONTENTS</B></FONT><P><I>Introduction</I><P><I><B>Part One: The Courage to Start</B></I><P>CHAPTER 1<BR><B>The Courage to Start</B><P>CHAPTER 2<BR><B>Getting Off on the Right Foot</B><P>CHAPTER 3<BR><B>Body of Evidence</B><P>CHAPTER 4<BR><B>Great Expectations</B><P><I><B>Part Two: The Next Step</B></I><P>CHAPTER 5<BR><B>Becoming an Athlete</B><P>CHAPTER 6<BR><B>Runner's High</B><P>CHAPTER 7<BR><B>The Next Step</B><P>CHAPTER 8<BR><B>Finding the Balance</B><P><I><B>Part Three: The Road to Victory</B></I><P>CHAPTER 9<BR><B>The Starting Line</B><P>CHAPTER 10<BR><B>Race Relations</B><P>CHAPTER 11<BR><B>The Finish Line</B><P>CHAPTER 12<BR><B>The Time of Your Life</B><P><I><B>Part Four: Running for Your Life</B></I><P>CHAPTER 13<BR><B>Sharing the Joy</B><P>CHAPTER 14<BR><B>The Warrior Penguin</B><P>CHAPTER 15<BR><B>Failing to Fail</B><P>CHAPTER 16<BR><B>Running for Your Life</B><P><I>Index</I>
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2006

    Adult Onset Runners

    I started running after 40+ years of believing that I 'couldn't run.' John Bingham's book has been a tremendous encouragement - as I finish race after race at the back of the pack, I remember that I, too, had the 'courage to start.' Highly recommended as a motivational book, even if you don't plan on running.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2004

    Awesome!

    You would think a book on this topic would be very dry and boring, but this book is actually an excellent read. It is filled with great information from training to how to dress. I first borrowed it from the library and now feel it is a must have book for any runner. I know I will go back to it again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2003

    You can't pretend to be runner you actually have to run

    This was an awesome book. It got me started on the road to becoming a runner. When I first started I could only run for 2 minutes at a time. One year later I'm entering 5K runs and having a blast! This book motivated me and got me started!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    I cried, I laughed, but most of all I was encouraged

    I started reading this book over a month ago. It has been one that I read in the bath or after a good workout. One that I really enjoyed reading. I found myself crying and laughing, but most of all encouraged. Not just by the words on the page but the honesty and cold lessons John shared. I have only ran for a little over a month. I ran/walked/crawled my first marathon in Dallas this past year and I completely intend to run for the rest of my life. Not for my health or because my running partners want me to but because I never want to be older than I am now. THANK YOU JOHN

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