Wise Running

Train smart, eat well, and enjoy the run.

About Me



I do not claim to be wise; I only claim to collect wisdom & share it. On a good, day, I learn from it, too.

I am a runner, too.  I run for health.  I run for inner peace.  I run for the challenge.  I run because God made me for it.  I run long runs to have alone time with God.  I run shorter runs with friends and family to get connected.

I blog about running because I think about it a lot and want to share what I have learned, what I am learning, and how I learn it.  I hope you enjoy this site as much as I enjoy the process of putting it together.  Let me know if there is anything that you would like to learn more about, okay?

Happy Running!  🙂

P. Mark  Taylor


Stories of My Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs in Running…

I ran cross country and track in high school, but then I was sidelined by a tenacious tendonitis.  I tried to start again multiple times with the assistance of sports experts, doctors, and coaches.  After 20 years, I finally figured out that I needed bigger shoes.  If my big toe can move freely, the tendonitis does not show up.

With the tendonitis finally conquered, I began to run again.  This time, my knees were beginning to ache.  I went to a knee specialist.  He said, and I quote, “You’ve got bad knees.  You were born with them because your calves are too short.  Run short distances and stay off of hills.”  He charged me $100 to tell me what I already knew!   I ran periodically, but I could never run consistently because of my knees – plus the fact that I live in East Tennessee means that I run on ridges and other big hills if I run at all!

Back in high school, I saw myself running marathons for the rest of myself.  Unfortunately, my first marathon would not be run until 25 years after graduating from high school.  In 20010, I ran the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.  I could not train for it every day and my longest training run was only 17 miles, but I did it.  It was not pretty.  I finished in 5 hours and 35 minutes, walking the last seven miles… but I did it!

The big breakthrough in my running came in late 2010.  I heard about the minimalist movement and shoes that looked like gloves.  The idea of running barefoot seemed logical enough… if God created us to run (which I do beleive), then our bodies are capable of doing all of those things that we are trying to accomplish with shoes:  cushioning, motion control, …  the idea of shoes that allow for the feel of barefoot running but offered protection from sharp rocks made even more sense.  🙂

I spent the time between then and now running, learning, and writing about running.  I coach individual runners, write custom training plans, and I have also coached athletes for Team in Training.

As of December, 2016, I am training for my 15th marathon.  I used to dream of qualifying for Boston, but I qualified in October 2012 it at the 7 Bridges Marathon.  I have qualified many times at this point.  My next goal is to run the marathon in under three hours.  If I do that, I will beat the BQ time for my age group by 30 minutes. 🙂

If I don’t go sub-3 at the Knoxville Marathon in April, 2017, then I will just keep trying… because I can.  🙂

I will share more stories through this blog.  Stay tuned!

“Train smart, eat well, & enjoy the run!”  — P. Mark Taylor


Check out these books by P. Mark Taylor for more advice on running:

The Gift of Running: A Book for Runners & Future Runners  Wise Running Book COVER mockup


Wise Running: Thoughts on Running and Life

One response to “About Me

  1. Brian Ross August 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Mark,

    We would be happy to send you some samples for you to review. Please send me your mailing address. Thanks!

    Brian Ross

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