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

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 and becoming one of the most famous runners in the world. And then read about his best race ever... with his 10-year-old daughter. You’ll also read stories from runners at every level, from beginners to stars, about starting out, staying motivated, running with family and friends, even running in exotic locations. Get energized by runners training for 5Ks and runners training for 100-milers, including:

  • Runners World’s Mark Remy on the camaraderie of running
  • U.S. National Team marathoner Josh Cox on running 30 miles without water and the miracle that saved him
  • Triathlete Magazine’s Matt Fitzgerald on persevering during the Boston Marathon in honor of his father
  • Amputee Lindsay Nielsen on running the New York marathon two months after 9/11
  • Ultramarathon champion Roy Pirrung on how running saved him from smoking, drinking, and overeating
  • Scott Maloney, who was declared brain dead after a fall, but ran the Boston Marathon two years later
  • And a whole chapter on triathlons!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935096498
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Publication date: 07/13/2010
Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 120,493
Product dimensions: 8.54(w) x 5.68(h) x 1.01(d)

About 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.


Santa Barbara, California

Date of Birth:

August 19, 1944

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas


B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973

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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Chicken Soup for the Soul - Runners 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Sue_G More than 1 year ago
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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I was a slow runner like u but i started running everyday now and i am pretty fast
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I am sooooo slow at running any tip to get a bit faster just put to slow girl
Clarko More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im Josie-Anna. Im Dani's cousin. She had to give her NOOK to me.