- Also check our best rated Biography reviews
Running with Joy Paperback – 1 Jan 2011
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"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
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.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Not being a Christian I really didn't appreciate the few paragraphs on running, few paragraphs on how awesome God is on pretty much every page - I thought I was buying a running book, not some kind of half bible/half running book.
Nothing against his faith, if he wishes to believe then that's up to him but the publishers should have made this more obvious in the books description, it's frankly an appalling and cringe worthy book and I had to stop reading it - possibly one of the worst books I've ever read, and believe me I've read some crap in my life.
If you enjoyed the book, then good for you but remember everyone is entitled to their own opinion and this is mine.
If it wasn't on the kindle, I'd burn it!
"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.
Powerful emotional outbursts like this help show the reader and more than likely, the runner, that even Ryan Hall has some bad days. He goes on to say that his then teammate, American 50k record holder, Josh Cox, helped him get to a better place mentally during that run and by the end of it, his attitude was positive again. This kind of run also possibly led to his departure from the Mammoth Track Club in October 2010 to train in various (and milder) locations like Flagstaff, San Francisco and most recently, Seattle. There is no doubt that Ryan is a free spirit of sorts, which makes him extremely relatable to me and likely to many that will pick up this book.
Another very important thing in Ryan's life is his faith. Many people have found Ryan to be a polarizing figure because of this, but I believe "Running With Joy" will show the reader where he is coming from. That is a good place. Ryan is using the bible to inspire himself and to do unto others. He and his wife Sara have established the Hall Steps Foundation to raise money towards Clean Water (through World Vision), fighting Human Trafficking (through International Justice Mission), and funding a home in a Rescue Center in Kenya through Global Children's Movement. Hall never comes off as preachy and only quotes scripture to inspire and help him understand his own personal growth, not to condemn others for their particular beliefs. There is an entertaining piece about Sammy Wanjiru in here, as well as former teammate, Deena Kastor, who is Jewish, that will show the reader a deeper side of his faith and values.
No matter what you believe, if you believe in the run, you will take something away from "Running With Joy." This is a book that I will not be passing on to a friend, because there are too many good workouts and ideas for training weeks/months, that will provide an excellent reference as I continue to train for this years Boston Marathon myself. I enjoy reading running books to learn some new tricks. Here's a few I picked up from Ryan:
He drinks 20 ounces of water when he wakes up in the morning.
He coats his feet in vaseline before runs (and puts band-aids on his nipples).
He does easy runs in the Asics Gel-Cumulus, faster runs in the Asics Gel-DS Trainer, and tempos/races in the Asics Gel-Hyperspeed.
He takes his easy runs easy (after hammering in college and losing steam at the end of seasons). Many runs are around 7:00-7:30 pace.
He focuses on a healthy diet and eating every few hours to maintain racing weight.
He wears the Garmin Forerunner 110 and brings gum to the starting line (in case he "gets parched").
What's next for Ryan? Before heading back to Boston, he'll be tackling the best in the nation this weekend in Houston at the USATF Half Marathon Championship, the place where he set the set the American Record in 2007 (on a slightly different course). Houston is also the place where this 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon will take place a year from now, so that should provide for some extra excitement.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Hall's book is a daily journal that chronicles both his marathon training and his walk with Christ. In this book he gives a daily look at not only his struggles in training at the highest of levels, but also his battles in his walk with Christ. He details how his physical struggles impact his perception of God and his sanctification.
This is a very rare and uncommon tome. The book will not appeal to many readers, but it certainly will appeal to the small group of Christians who run distance. There certainly are not many people who could provide this kind of insight into faith combined with world-class training.
Hall is astonishingly forthright and open about his day-to-day struggles in physical training and his faith. He is honest with his struggles of control and pride. Most of us can only imagine the pressure and fatigue that comes with the training, schedule, diet, etc. of a world-class athlete. Hall also details how others criticize and attempt to stifle his outspoken walk with Christ.
This an enjoyable read with a rare glimpse into the life of a Christian athlete. If you are a Christian who runs, either recreationally or competitively, you will likely enjoy this odd mix of faith and distance running. If you do not fit into this small sub-group of society, it is hard to see how this book could be enjoyable. The book is entertaining, but does not get a high recommendation due to its limited appeal.
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.
If you're a serious runner, curious about what serious runners do, or wonder what drives the most gifted American runner in decades, this is THE book to read and absorb.