Release Date: February 2011
Print Length: 208
Running with Joy
My Daily Journey to the Marathon
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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 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.
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"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