Running with a Police Escort: Tales from the Back of the Pack

Running with a Police Escort: Tales from the Back of the Pack

by Jill Grunenwald

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510712799
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 516,013
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jill Grunenwald is the healthy living blogger behind The Year of the Phoenix and host of the Running with a Police Escort podcast, which she launched in June 2015 thanks to the financial support of her Kickstarter backers. A 3x half-marathoner, Jill proudly represents the back of the pack at every race and was an Ambassador for the Cleveland Marathon series in 2015, 2016, and 2017. She has her BFA from Bowling Green State University and her MLIS from the University of Kentucky. Currently, she is employed as a staff librarian at OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook app for libraries and schools, where she is also the creator and co-host of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. She lives and works in Cleveland.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Epigraph xi

Introduction xiii

1 Running from the Past 1

2 One Foot in Front of the Other 13

3 Hills Like White Elephants 29

4 Homecoming 45

5 Twenty Seconds of Insane Courage 61

6 Everything's Bigger in Texas 75

7 Eat, Sleep, Run, Repeat 89

8 Lucky Number Thirteen (point one) 101

9 It's a Major Award 107

10 The Longest Four Miles of My Life 115

11 Will Run for Bling 125

12 Forward Is a Pace 135

13 Walk the Talk 145

14 Trust the Process 155

15 The Hero's Journey 163

16 Three Times a Charm? 169

17 Rita Hayworth, the Shawshank Redemption, and Me 177

18 The Tortoise and the Hares 187

19 Finding My Voice 197

20 How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dreadmill 205

21 Forward Is Still a Pace 213

Postscript 223

Acknowledgments 227

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Running with a Police Escort: Tales from the Back of the Pack 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because of it's title. Jill Grunenwald could be any number of people. She is a woman who has struggled with her weight all her life. She talks about her sedentary lifestyle from the time she was a child and the kickstart she received from her younger sister to get her to start some kind of exercising program. This is a body positive book, but in a very real story and way that many people will be able to relate to. I did not expect to read this book as fast as I did or enjoy it as much as I did. Jill's writing style is very conversational. It felt like we were friends talking about our successes and failures. She does use some profanity in the book so be prepared for that. Jill tells about her struggles to start a running program and her challenges along the way. She is not apologetic about being a slow runner, and gets angry at one point when the finish line of a race is basically torn down, they are running out of medals, spectators are walking all over the course and there are still people to finish, including herself. The point she makes about it being okay to come in last, at least you ran and finished the race is so empowering. Yes, she loses her mojo at times, yes she actually gains back some of her weight and yes, maybe her goals are not as lofty at others, but she kept at it, she did not give up and she makes the reader and others feel that it is okay to be slow, to come in last and to have a normal, not perfect body. I learned a lot about running and found myself feeling a bit enthusiastic for a topic I never found interesting. While this book isn't exactly focused on body size, there is a body positive message to this book: no matter what size you are, you can accomplish your goals. I enjoyed this book very much and think maybe even I might be able to start a running program. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author does not have enough experiences of depth to write a memoir. There was little growth in her story the #f word was way overused. This would have been s better podcast or magazine article However her humor was refreshing and natural
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read almost half of the book in a short period of time. It is light hearted and hard to put down.