The Ultimate Runner: Stories and Advice to Keep You Moving


Do You Run to Live . . . or Live to Run?

Whether you are a casual weekend warrior in running shoes, a seasoned ultra marathoner, or something in between, you recognize the heart and passion of runners who are just like you. Serious, competitive athletes and those who just want to shed a few pounds will find common ground in The Ultimate Runner, a celebration of every type of runner in heartfelt narratives, spectacular photos, and expert advice....

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Do You Run to Live . . . or Live to Run?

Whether you are a casual weekend warrior in running shoes, a seasoned ultra marathoner, or something in between, you recognize the heart and passion of runners who are just like you. Serious, competitive athletes and those who just want to shed a few pounds will find common ground in The Ultimate Runner, a celebration of every type of runner in heartfelt narratives, spectacular photos, and expert advice.

The magic of a run is shared in these chronicles of fitness breakthroughs, gritty races, and golden friendships forged in predawn sojourns. Great moments in running take place every day, and The Ultimate Runner is filled with more than thirty stunning photos that give voice to those extraordinary experiences shared by ordinary runners. Experts in the fields of nutrition, exercise physiology, and training weigh in with advice that will ramp up any running program.

Some run for the fitness value, some for a charitable cause, and some just to enjoy nature in a different way, but every runner is changed by the experience. Share some of those transformative moments with others who love the feel of the road beneath their feet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757314391
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/3/2010
  • Series: Ultimate Series
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 933,902
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Green has been running competitively and leisurely for thirty-six years and is the cocreator of, the Online Community for Runners--a forum dedicated to sharing ideas, information, and advice on running and racing. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

Amy Hunold-Van Gundy discovered running when she was well into adulthood and has run more than seventy-five races of various distances in just the last few years. In 2007, she and her running partner Tom Green launched to connect runners and provide running resources. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

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The Ultimate Runner

Stories and Advice to Keep You Moving
By Tom Green


Copyright © 2010 Tom Green
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780757314391


Great moments in running happen every day! 

That's our mantra and our deep belief because it has been our actual experience over decades of running. We believe that behind every runner is a story—getting started, a comeback from an injury, a race triumph, or new and rekindled relationships forged through running. Stories about fitness breakthroughs, gritty runs and races, and golden friendships are the fabric of our sport, and we are delighted that so many runners have shared their stories in The Ultimate Runner.

We're not talking just about stories of elite runners, Olympians, or even the talented, local champions who win races in our communities each weekend. We're talking about great moments in running among our favorite people, the worldwide community we affectionately call ordinary runners. We believe that as ordinary runners we experience great runs, have personal triumphs in races, and achieve life-changing outcomes. Over the years, we have met and talked with countless of ordinary runners who have an extraordinary story to tell.

Our favorite stories are more than 'race reports.' We find wonder and awe in stories about beginning runners in ordinary neighborhoods, including why and how runners got started, how they keep motivated, and how running has changed their lives. We also love stories about running successes and accomplishments. The story may be a training run or a momentous race, returning from a setback, making a lifestyle change, or going faster or farther—or both. We smile at stories about what runners achieve, tingle at what drives them to run, and are in awe of what they've overcome to get there.

We are committed to spreading enthusiasm for running with every runner we meet. We joke, 'If you want to lose an hour of your life you'll never get back, just get us talking about running.' It's true. We love to hear about others running, what they've accomplished, and what in running they're focusing on at the moment. We know runners run well when they are supported in mind, spirit, and body, and the best support comes from other runners. The collection of stories in The

Ultimate Runner is our attempt to share some of the best stories and tips as a small way to support runners in our communities.
With the rise of running's popularity, we are also touched to hear stories about charity, community, and support for running and runners. Runners 'get it' and are sharing what others in their community are doing for running and the clubs, events, and lives they are touching. In every community there are runners, coaches, businesses, race directors, club leaders, and volunteers who are working tirelessly in ways that impact all of us. 

The other joy of working on this book was the privilege of connecting with our experts. While the contributing experts are renowned coaches, accomplished athletes, and leaders in their professions, they have been very approachable, helpful, and interested in sharing sound information with other runners. It's a rare opportunity for ordinary runners like us to work closely with Olympians, national champions, and experts whose work guides and transforms ordinary and elite runners. We believe you will benefit from the expertise they share.

Over the last few years, we have been amazed by how many people tell us, 'I'm not really a runner.' Some very steady, earnest runners are reluctant to lay claim to the label because running doesn't come easily to them. If they don't run a certain distance—'I just run for 15 to 20 minutes' or a certain frequency, 'just a couple times a week,' or haven't reached a milestone, 'I've only run a couple 5Ks,'—they don't feel entitled to call themselves runners. Nonsense! 

We are determined to squelch that mind-set and to outlaw the words I'm not a runner. We encourage every runner to see the importance and right to proclaim himself or herself a runner. We believe no matter what the distance, speed, or race acclaim, everyone who gets out there is a runner and a bona fide part of the running community. We believe every runner in some way advances our sport.

Inspiring stories about running deserve a special place where others can enjoy and be uplifted by them. The Ultimate Runner is that place. It is a treasury of stories and photos that expresses what running means and how it transforms lives. It is a collection that we hope will continue to motivate you and will inspire you to press toward your own running goals. Every runner has a story to share, including those stories that are not finished yet.

Running races, breaking records, and earning new PRs advance our sport. But more important, our amazing stories are formed when we take time out of our busy lives, get out the door in our ordinary neighborhoods, and reaffirm that great moments in running happen every day!

)2010. Tom Green, Amy J. Hunold-VanGundy. All rights reserved. Reprinted from The Ultimate Runner . No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442


Excerpted from The Ultimate Runner by Tom Green Copyright © 2010 by Tom Green. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Why We Run: Physical Transformation

I Run for My Life Harry Jacobs 2

Finally, I Can Ericka Umbarger 7

F#*k Cancer Heather Gannoe 11

How the Great Wall Changed My Life Brian Aldrich 14

Racing to Delay the Decay Miriam Hill 19

Never Give Up: My Journey to Become a Runner Bridgette L. Collins 21

From Sofa to Three Miles Katherine Locke 26

Emotional and Spiritual Insights

It All Becomes Clear Lana Matthews Sain 32

Breaking Your Own Tape Marcia Puryear 35

It's All in Your Head Dani Nichols 37

Hope or Die! Jonathon Prince 41

The Few and the Proud Tonya Woodworth 44

Going the Extra Mile(s) When You're Running on Empty Pat Williams 48

Running for Recovery Dana Barclay 51

The Other End of the Day: Ironman USA Megan Williams 54

Why Do I Run? Joanne Hirase-Stacey 627

The Social Side of the Sneakers

My Running Partners Samantha Ducloux Waltz 66

Love Is Stronger Than GU Felicia Schneiderhan 72

Those Who Can, Run, and Those Who Can't … Kim Dent Karrick 75

Four-Legged Running Partners Joanne Hirase-Stacey 77

Running with the Sisters Chryselle D'Silva Dias 80

Off the Beaten Path

Running on the Roof of the World Becky Green Aaronson 86

What More Do You Need? Mary Monaghan 93

Seven Minutes Larry Williams Lisa Finch 96

Moving Forward Amanda Krieger 99

Confessions of a Geriatric Jock Marcia Rudoff 103

Memorable Races

The Grand Bara Rachel E. Jones 108

Relentless Forward Motion on the White Line from Hell to Heaven Frank McKinney 112

My Medallion Mike Rush 119

A View from the Rear of the Miami Half Marathon Joseph F. Rottino 123

Change Time Jeff Pickett 132

Roamin' Holiday Becky Green Aaronson 136

Marathon Thoughts Perry Perkins 141

My Secret Weapon Sean Geary 145

Running for a Cause

Running for Two Carol M. Benthal-Bingley 156

To Dad, with Love Becky Green Aaronson 159

Back on My Feet Christopher Wink 165

My Joints Are in Motion Christy Whiteman 171

Hope for the Journey Connie K. Pombo 176

Must-Know Info

Stretching: A Secret Weapon for Runners Brian Dorfman l82

The Components of Training for Distance Runners Jason R. Karp 192

Your Body Is Talking—Are You Listening? Clint Verran 199

Nutrition for Training, Competition, and Recovery Lisa Dorfman 206

Tips to Marathon Training and Racing Success Janet Hamilton 217

You're Injured—Now What? Clint Verran 226

What Every Woman Needs to Know About Running Claire Kowalchik 232

Training Theory Jason R. Karp 242

Resistance Train to Run Strong Shawn H. Dolan 249

Running for a Lifetime Tom Green 256

The Writers 261

The Photographers 267

The Must-Know Experts 269

Copyright Credits 271

Index 273

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