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"My whole life was `special.' I rode a `special' bus, went to a school with a `special' program.... But I wasn't special, I was angry," observes Olympic runner Runyan. Rendered partially blind by Stargardt's disease, Runyan tells the story of her trials en route to the Olympics. Growing up embarrassed by her condition and all the more headstrong for it, Runyan set and achieved high goals to compensate for a lonely and painful childhood, tackling horseback riding and first violin before she turned to track and field. (She obtained her driver's license a bit later.) In 2000, she was the first American to finish the women's 1,500 meter race, coming in eighth the highest U.S. women's placement in the history of the event. But at the heart of her story is an allegory of change: she outgrows coaches, learns patience over perseverance and comes to understand that her greatest stumbling block is her own willful approach. Thankfully, the book never waxes maudlin like the many oft-aired inserts during the 2000 Olympic Games where every athlete competed not only in their event but also for the most-outrageous-life-challenge award. Rather, she presents her story with acuity and grace, rising above expectations and prejudice ("Do you ever fall down?" is a question journalists frequently ask). Written with Sally Jenkins who collaborated on Lance Armstrong's autobiography, It's Not About the Bike, Runyan's story is well-paced and finishes strong; readers will hope she keeps going and going.

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Runyan may be legally blind she began suffering macular degeneration at an early age but she still managed to compete in the Olympics.
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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (June 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159335102X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593351021
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,989,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I'm not legally blind, but I could really understand it and identify with the struggles she endured in being different throughout most of her life. The writing style is so engaging and easy to read that it feels almost like conversation. Just when you have a question, the answer appears. Marla's dry wit is refreshing and intelligent. There is no pity party here!
Marla has really struggled in life and sport. She continues to learn and perservere as a person and athlete and that is what makes a champion in life and on the track. I can't wait to see her medal in Athens at the next summer olympics. I'm a better person and athlete after reading her story.
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Ever felt like you were against an impossible challenge? Read this book and you will feel like you are able to do anything you put our mind to. Great story and wonderfully written. Truly enjoyed every page.
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Love this book! All the obstacles she went through is crazy. Her life is inspiring and her story is worth reading by anyone-especially runners.
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The book is great, but the book was in good condition as opposed to what I thought would be brand new.
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Very inspirational and well written.
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