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Running with Joy [Kindle Edition]

Ryan Hall
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Book 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.

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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 314 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0736944125
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M5HKKM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Running With Joy" by Ryan Hall January 27, 2011
On April 18, 2011, Ryan Hall will make his third consecutive trip to Beantown to toe the line at the 115th Boston Marathon. In an interview this week at the Endurance Live Awards Gala, Ryan said "Something about Boston grabs my heart. Runners are rock stars that weekend. I love when I'm standing on the starting line in Hopkinton. I feel like I'm living in a history book and I'm writing history." Many of us who treat the Boston Marathon like our personal Olympics feel the same way! "Running with Joy" really embraces Ryan's love of the world's oldest annual marathon and details his training from January 2010 up until the start of the race, where he concludes his first book with a recap of his race to Boston, where he finished 3rd overall in an American Record time (for Boston) of 2:08:41.

"Running with Joy" is a book for runners. Those that feel elite runners are too cryptic in their training methods and never let the public in enough to what they are doing will love "Running with Joy" as Ryan details every training run from January to April 2010 (most days are doubles) and doesn't hold back when something is bothering him. One more fired up moment of his account is when he is discussing the challenging winters in Mammoth Lakes, CA:

"Why do we live here? We could train anywhere in the world-Mexico, Columbia, Kenya-and yet we train here! Why?" I yelled as I slipped for the fifth time in that many minutes running through a blizzard with the team on Mammoth Scenic Loop. I knew I had a bad attitude, but I couldn't hold it in anymore. It was dumping snow, and with every slip I saw my journey to Boston crashing to a halt because of muscle spasms. I was sure I'd tear something before long.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By k b
I met Ryan last fall so I knew this book was on the horizon. I had it pre-ordered by a family member who gifted it to me for Christmas. I couldn't wait to read it. Then, when I got it, I devoured it in just a couple of days. It's an easy read and there's a lot to learn from a spiritual runner. The cool thing is, I've re-read parts of it several times over because it helps me put into perspective my own training, walk with God, and daily journey en route to the Boston Marathon. I can't relate to 100+ miles week of training but I can relate to the mentality of a dedicated athlete. I'm floored that Ryan is so open about his life, his training program and diet, and freely shares it with all. I recommend this book to everyone. Other God-followers have told me they love it! I'm still awaiting feedback from other marathon friends. Ryan is the real deal, a model to everyone who walks this planet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Honest Journal March 22, 2011
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I'm not a religious person at all, but as others have mentioned Hall does talk about his faith quite a bit in his book. That didn't bother me. It was just an honest look at Hall and who he is. I didn't think he was being preachy, he just speaks of Christianity as it pertains to him. If that's a big part of who he is, I would expect him to write about it, pure and simple.

Most of the book is a day-by-day running journal as he trains through the winter for the Boston Marathon. If you're a runner, there is so much great information in his entries. For example, I was amazed at how easy he takes his easy days, and also how often. It underscored that it's okay for me to do the same, and not worry about what my buddies are doing with their own training.

I'd consider this a must read for any runner, especially if you're doing the Boston Marathon or have an interest in doing so. Plus, proceeds from the book go to charity, so on top of a great read it's also money going to a good cause.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for runners February 16, 2011
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I am writing after being surprisingly inspired by the training journal of a marathon runner. I myself am a watercolor artist. Alone in my world of paints and far from his paths tracked in competitive miles and seconds, I found common ground between my paintbrush and Ryan's running shoes. How refreshing to be reminded that it is not in the results that true value is measured but in the very moments spent in the companionship of my Creator. I believe that this new season of painting with God, not just for God, will take me to places once thought only possible in my dreams. I'm so thankful that Ryan took the time between his training runs to make notes of what God was making of- and in -him. Running the race that truly counts, what a message!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Run with Joy, "win" or "lose" August 21, 2011
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Ryan Hall's Run with Joy is a diary/training log detailing his training for the Boston Marathon. He gives you the specifics of his training, with speeds for distance that most of us could only do on a bicycle. The book, however, is far more than just miles logged. Ryan gives us his view of running as a Christian in the deeper sense of the word. Not only is Jesus Christ the driving force in his life, he seeks to emulate what he believes Jesus would want of Ryan Hall and speculates what Jesus would think (e.g., would Jesus be in the race to beat other people?) and uses it as a guide. I don't share Ryan's faith, although I do confess I am envious of the peace that he describes it bringing. What was truly refreshing was the honest assessment of the need to win versus the need to enjoy what you are doing. To paraphrase, only one person wins the marathon, did all the others lose? In a letter in a recent running magazine, Ryan Hall was criticized for a lack of killer instinct. His reply would certainly be a smile and a "you nailed it in one." Of course he loves to win, as we all do, but he describes encouragement for all and a deeper sense of purpose and gratitude for being allowed to live the life he does. Ryan is introspective (should he have stopped a training run to sign an autograph and the guilt he felt for not doing so) and does not paint himself as perfect. I personally did not feel that Ryan was hitting me over the head with his religion, although the more sensitive among us on the issue of religion might; witness a question asked in an interview if Deena Kastor, another amazing marathoner who is Jewish and is a training partner, has any difficulty with his outspokenness about his religion. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book that shows the dedication of an amazing athlete
I like this book a lot because you learn what kind of people these proffessional athletes are and how dedicated they have to be in order to do what they do. Great book
Published 4 months ago by Johnny
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspirational
I am an ultra runner and a Christian and I the book inspires me not only to train hard, but to focus on my relationship with Christ first and foremost. I highly recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by Ivaylo B.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Valuable Running Book I've Read (and I've read them all)
As a lifelong runner and triathlete, I've read just about everything out there - both fiction (ie, "Once a Runner") and non-fiction (Pre, Macca, Training manuals, etc) and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very motivational!
So many times I've placed a bookmark on sections I wanted to show my other friends, motivating and inspiring sections and quotes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ninja Neo
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book
awesome runner even though he is way better than I will ever even dream to be its nice to read about off days and pushing through them even though it's more of a training schedule... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joshua Foote
4.0 out of 5 stars A Runners Devotional
Ryan's perspective, insight, and draw from scripture is inspirational. He has certainly mastered the art of distance and humility. A must read for aspiring runners.
Published 10 months ago by Chelsea Graf
3.0 out of 5 stars the day-by-day life of a religious marathoner
This book is a quick read. It was interesting to see Ryan Hall's day-to-day training plan and read his reflections on his progress, struggles and successes. Read more
Published 11 months ago by KCW
3.0 out of 5 stars Has its pro's and con's
Great training tips and insight. Although I consider my self somewhat religious, I think Ryan takes it a bit too far. Read more
Published 12 months ago by TSD
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan of Ryan Hall
Loved the book! It's a journal of his preperations for the Boston Marathon. He shares scriptures and personal stories about his life. Great read.
Published 15 months ago by Cindy M
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring-Boring-Boring
This was more like a track running log for the author than an interesting book to read. I couldn't make it through to the end.
Published 15 months ago by Candifl
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