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Running Outside the Comfort Zone: An Explorer's Guide to the Edges of Running

Running Outside the Comfort Zone: An Explorer's Guide to the Edges of Running

by Susan Lacke


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★★★★★ "I laughed, I cried and I was 100% re-inspired to stick with my own personal fitness goals"

Running Outside the Comfort Zone uncovers the brash, bold, and very human sides of running, and along the way Susan Lacke rekindles her own crush on America’s favorite all-comers sport.

Running offers much more than road racing! After a decade of writing about running, sports columnist Susan Lacke found herself in a serious running rut. The runners around her seemed to be thriving, setting goals, and having fun, but her own interest in running was lackluster.

Seeking to reengage with the sport she once loved, Lacke spends a year exploring running in its many shapes and forms, taking on running challenges that scare her, push her, and downright embarrass her. From races with giant cheese wheels to a regional wife-carrying competition, a naked 5K to climbing the dark stairwells of the Empire State Building, Lacke’s brave forays and misadventures are chronicled in wondrous and funny stories.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937715847
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 03/27/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 585,777
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susan Lacke is a writer, college professor, and adventure junkie. She holds a doctorate in health education and a M.S. in family and community wellness. Her writing has appeared in many national and regional publications including Triathlete, Women’s Running, Competitor, and Salt Lake magazine. She is the author of Life’s Too Short to Go So F*cking Slow and has finished multiple Ironman and marathon races.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What’s the Password?

1 In Defense of 3:00 a.m. Registrations

2 It’s All Uphill from Here

3 Davy Crockett, Dust Storms, and a Bag Full of Poop

4 How Did I Get Here? And Where Are My Shoes?

5 Uphill, Both Ways, in Jorts

6 A Helluva Race in a Helluva Town

7 Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed

8 That’s a Horrible Idea. What Time?

9 Feels Like Home

10 One Mile at a Time

11 Lay It All Bare

12 Back Story

13 Stay Weird, San Francisco

14 And Jill Came Tumbling After

15 Thank Hell for Little Girls

16 Get Off My Back

17 The Ultimate Human Race

Epilogue: Open Sesame

Author’s Note


About the Author



Huntsville Marathon (#1) | Huntsville, UT

Red Bull 400 | Park City, UT


Pony Express Trail 50 | Faust, UT


Across the Years | Phoenix, AZ


La Farola Run | Havana, Cuba


Empire State Building Run-Up | New York City, NY


Coffin Race | Nederland, CO

Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Run | Flagstaff, AZ


Salt Lake City Marathon | Salt Lake City, UT

Grand Blue Mile | Des Moines, IA


Caliente Bare Dare 5K | Land O’ Lakes, FL

USA Network’s Storytellers Project | Phoenix, AZ

Bay to Breakers | San Francisco, CA

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Roll | Gloucester, England


Girls on the Run Camp | Salt Lake City, UT

Midwest Wife Carrying Championship | Frederick, SD

Comrades Marathon | Durban, South Africa


Huntsville Marathon (#2) | Huntsville, UT

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