Running With Joy: My Daily Journey to the Marathon   -     By: Ryan Hall
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Running With Joy: My Daily Journey to the Marathon

Harvest House Publishers / 2011 / Paperback

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From the fastest American-born marathoner of all time, here is an intimate, day-by-day account of what it takes--physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually--to be one of the best distance runners in the world. Running with Joy chronicles Ryan Hall's 14-week preparation for the 2010 Boston Marathon. It also reveals the spiritual journey of an elite athlete who is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. Whether you're a runner or a spectator, you'll be inspired by Ryan's quest for joy and his goal to glorify Christ with everything he does.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 207
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9780736944120
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Publisher's Description

From the fastest American-born marathoner of all time, here is an intimate, day-by-day account of what it takes--physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually--to be one of the best in the world. This journal chronicles Ryan Hall's 14-week preparation for the 2010 Boston Marathon, providing practical insights into the daily regimen of someone training at the absolute peak of human performance. It also reveals the spiritual journey of an elite athlete who is a follower of Jesus Christ.

Readers will discover how Ryan deals with nagging injuries and illness, bad weather, disappointing workouts, and a slavish focus on results that can take the fun out of running. Ryan runs 140 miles a week, often at altitude and a blistering pace. Yet millions of everyday runners will identify with and appreciate his intentional return to running with joy and his lifelong goal of glorifying Christ on and off the racecourse.

Author Bio

Ryan Hall holds the American records for the half marathon and 20k, and his 2:04:58 marathon time is the fastest ever by an American. Ryan's wife, Sara, is also a professional runner. Their Hall Steps Foundation urges the running community to help end global poverty.

Publisher's Weekly

The fastest American-born marathoner of all time (2:06:17) offers an inside track on the day-to-day life of a runner, a life unglamorous and yet inspiring. His message is "even if you don't land on the podium or run a personal best, even if you have a bad workout or are struggling with an injury, you can experience joy to the fullest." The book chronicles a 14-week training journey to the Boston Marathon, providing helpful insights into training exercises, nutrition, and racing tips for runners. In high school Hall ran the mile in a state-record 4:02 after following advice from his father to rest before the race. "I would have never rested if it were left up to me, but I trusted my dad and took it easy," he writes. The reader gets inside the head of one of America's elite runners, learning about his relationship with his wife, who is also a professional runner, and his faith in God, the source of his joy even when he does not reach the podium. The narrative jumps around too much as it begins but settles into a steady pace for a powerful finish. (Feb.)Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"I truly enjoyed reading Ryan Hall's account of his quest to reach the top level of international sports most competitive event—the Marathon! Ryan's goal of competitive athletic excellence at the 114th Boston marathon was reached...but the getting there is the story so few understand. That, and Ryan's unique ability to aim high while exemplifying the best of American athletics, what it means to be a giving person, and a spiritual person, is truly special and his story worth reading by anyone who values these qualities.
"A unique book by a true American Champion!"
Bill Rodgers, Multiple World Marathon Champion

"Running with Joy is a great read. Part devotional and part training log, Ryan records with such transparency the path to finding real joy as he has lived out his unique and challenging life. I was encouraged by the way he matched his intense work ethic with the desire to release it all in order to meet God in every situation. I think he has something to say to all of us and those thoughts transcend even his amazing athleticism."
--Richard Watson, M.D., Director, Clinical Science, Revalesio

"I greatly enjoyed reading Running with Joy.  Ryan's transparency and honesty were what I would expect from an athlete so dedicated to his Lord.  I have long been a fan of Ryan Hall and Running with Joy reminded me why I am.  As a coach, I enjoyed getting a close-up look at his training and as a Christian brother, I enjoyed getting a close-up look at his heart.  Go Ryan!"
--Brant Tolsma, Head Track/CC Coach at Liberty University and author of The Surrendered Christian Athlete

"It was refreshing to read that our personal value comes from our Maker, our Father who made us in His image and has given us Life through His Son!
"Ryan lets you ’run with him' and experience the race as he plows through the finish line. Listening to Ryan's ’self-talk' encouraged us to not give up and to go for excellence, even when we are in the midst of hardship. Thank you for letting us into your world Ryan."
Pastor Dave & Stevie Nelson, The Lighthouse

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