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The Gift of Running – a reflection on my first book about running

It has been just over 4 years since I published my first book on running.  It was written to gather all of the basic info about running into one easy to read source.  I just wanted to share what I had learned.

The response was surprisingly awesome.  I have heard from a lot of folks over the last four years that have gotten stronger and faster.  One of the things they often share is not about the technical info, but about my stories of trials and tribulations.  I never claimed to be perfect or know it all.  I just wanted to share what I learned.

Well, 4 years later I am still working on my third book.  I have been waiting for the time when I felt like I had a strong enough new message to make it worth the reader’s time and effort.  Well, I finally have the ideas.  Instead of writing a brand new book, however, I am going to update and expand the original book with new info and new stories.  The original book still stands the test of time.  I just have a few ideas to update and some new research based ideas to offer.

  • updated training plans
  • research insight: How long should the long run be?
  • low mileage and high performance
  • no more wasted miles:  placing effort where it will make the biggest gains
  • balancing the social and achievement aspects of running
  • strength training updated
  • cross-training and triathlon

The 2017 updated version of “The Gift of kindle book cover prototypeRunning” is under construction.  I expect it to be available for purchase early next year.

 

Here is the first book:

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The Gift of Running, the first book in the Wise Running series by P. Mark Taylor, is available in both paperback & e-book.

Running is a gift, but not only for the gifted.  Whether you run just for fun or want to become a more competitive runner, The Gift of Running is for you. In The Gift of Running, P. Mark Taylor shows runners how to get started and stay motivated.

The book includes:  advice on how to get started as a runner, tried & true methods of running faster and longer, how to prepare for a marathon, tips on staying healthy & happy, motivation to keep you running, an insider view of the running community, & training programs for a 5K, 10K, half marathon, & marathon.

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I wrote this book for several reasons.  Many of the books on running are tough to read, a lot like technical manuals.  I wanted to offer something more personal, runner to runner.  Moreover, I wanted it to be easy to read for the inexperienced runner.  I think I have accomplished this with The Gift of Running .
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Wise Running: Thoughts on Running and Life (2nd book)

Wise Running Book 2 is now available via in paperback and e-book. 

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Wise Running is the follow-up to P. Mark Taylor’s first book on running: The Gift of Running.  While the first book focused more on getting started as a runner, this second book is more about how to move to the next level. P. Mark Taylor tells us how to think about running in ways that will help you be more consistent and improve.

Running is a great metaphor for life. It takes effort. It takes motivation. You have to stay healthy. If you stick with it long
enough and smart enough, you live a more rewarding life. So it is with running.

In Wise Running, P. Mark Taylor shows runners how to train smart, eat well, and enjoy the run.

The ebook includes:

  • goals, fitness, & health
  • how to think about training
  • designing a race and training schedule
  • aligning your efforts with reality
  • eating for health and fitness
  • a runner’s view on special diets
  • running-specific nutrition, including marathon nutrition
  • the effects of heat and humidity
  • the social aspect of running
  • motivation and encouragement

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The Gift of Running, the first book in the Wise Running series by P. Mark Taylor, is available in both paperback & e-book

 

Your First Steps as a Runner: Slowly and Gently

My friend Dessah has started using the “walk to running a 5K” plan from my book The Gift of Running.  Like many new runners, she is full of inspiration and genuinely excited about becoming a runner.  It is a wonderful thing.  🙂

Sometimes, however, that excitement can turn into overdoing it a bit.  As you follow my program or any other training program keep two things in mind:

  1. A training program is just a guideline
  2. Start slowly and gently!

As for following the training program, it is generally a good idea to not stray too far from the program.  On the other hand, it is only a guideline.  You have to fit your running into your life where and how it makes sense.

Along that line of reasoning, Dessah asked me a very smart question:  Is it okay for me to break up my long walk into pieces?  Yes, Dessah, I think that is a great way to get in the exercise and still keep track of those toddlers you are chasing around.  When you need to make changes to your program, keep the big ideas in mind:  slowly increase your time and distance running.  Walk on the walking days.  Rest on the rest days.  If you keep those in mind, then your changes will not hurt your progress.  They will simply help you fit it into your life a bit better.

One thing I want to caution Dessah and all other new runners about is your intensity level.

Remember: 
You are at the very beginning of your journey. 
Make sure you are starting slowly and gently. 

Your first runs may be at a pace that you could easily walk.  That is okay!  You need to gently introduce your body to the idea of running.  Stay slow and make sure that you are gently touching the ground as you run.  You can speed up later when your body is ready.

For now, relax and enjoy the run!

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The Gift of Running is now available in both paperback & e-book

Paperback Version – Amazon.com $9.00

Ebook Version – Kindle Store $2.99

Ebook Version for Nook $2.99

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The Perfect Review of My Book!

 

 

When I wrote the Gift of Running, the primary audience is one that has been primarily overlooked: the downtrodden potential runner.  So many folks out there have tried running on and off but never really crossed the line and felt like a runner.  They need encouragement and a little bit of coaching.  That is the primary purpose of my book.

That is why I was SO happy to see the new book review posted on Amazon.com:

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“I received this book and read it front to back in one sitting. I learned a lot,
but it was more like chatting with a friend than reading a textbook. Gave me
tons of motivation and an awesome program schedule to fit my current needs, AND  schedules for when I get better/faster.

Thanks for writing a book that didn’t make me feel like a slow, fat, lazy, looser. And thanks for writing it so that even a slow, fat, lazy, looser can feel motivated and inspired!

(I literally ran from the living room to the kitchen about 10 times after reading
it…I was so anxious to get started!) Haha!

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That is what I’m talking about!  Let’s light the unquenchable fire under some of these people and make them runners for life.  I love it!

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The Gift of Running is now available in both paperback & e-book

Paperback Version – Amazon.com

Ebook Version – Kindle Store

Ebook Version for Nook $2.99

 

The Gift of Running is on Amazon’s Hot New Release List

It may just be 15 minutes of fame, but my friend Sean posted on Facebook that he saw my book on the Bestseller List for Running on Amazon.com.  When I went to look, I saw what you see in the picture below.  Having a good day!  🙂

Happy Dance! Mutual Encouragement & The Gift of Running

When I visited the www.DailyMile.com this morning to log the 15.3 miles I had just run, I saw that I had a message waiting for me.  Here is what Kim had to tell me:

“Hey just wanted to say thanks for publishing a great book! Your words gave me enough courage to sign up for my 1st race and I ended up having a great time!! Thanks again!”

My first reaction was. “How cool is that!  The book had the intended effect on at least one person!”  My second thought was about Kim.  Today she needs to hear one more message from me to reinforce what she learned from my book.

I replied to her message with this:

“Awesome! Glad you had a great time. Runners rock! …and you are a runner. 🙂 ”

This whole interaction is an example of what I say in the book about the community of runners.  It is less about competition with each other and more about mutual encouragement.  The competition is with yourself, to be the best that you can be.

Kim is rocking the run.  She learned that racing is a fun thing because runners rock.

Then, Kim decided to send a letter of thanks and encouragement to me.  I returned the favor because (1) she rocks & (2) she needs to know it.

I fell in love with running a long time ago, but I have since learned to love and appreciate runners just as much as the running.  […which is a pretty big deal because I’m very introverted…]

To Kim I send out a big “Thank you!”  You certainly made my day.  You are why I do this blog and write books about running.

To all of you runners out there.  You rock too.
I look forward to meeting you some day.  🙂

Train hard, race easy, & enjoy the run.
P. Mark Taylor

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The Gift of Running is now available in both paperback & e-book

Paperback Version – Amazon.com

Ebook Version – Kindle Store

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Why My Book on Running Is Now Only $2.99

I call this blog Wise Running, but wisdom usually comes through experience.  Experience involves making mistakes.  I have caught myself in the middle of a big mistake.  I broke the rule that I set before I started this blog and the process of writing books.  What rule did I break?   The one on a Post-It note stuck on the wall above my computer monitor:

I set out on this journey:

–  to promote fitness through running,

–  to help others learn how to enjoy running,

–  to encourage my fellow runners,

– and to help runners get stronger & faster.

I was doing a pretty good job staying focused on these goals.  I try to post informative and inspiring things on this blog.  I regularly post encouraging comments and inspirational quotes related to running and fitness on Facebook,  Twitter, and the Daily Mile.

My first book on running, The Gift of Running, is consistent with these goals as well.  It is about the joy of running, staying motivated, staying healthy, and getting faster.

Apparently, however, I forgot to look up at that note when I went to set the prices for The Gift of Running.  When I set the original prices, I looked at fair market value.  I examined the prices of other running books and tried to set a reasonable price.  That breaks the rule because the definition of reasonable in this case is means setting the highest price that seems reasonable and less expensive than most.  Not consistent with my note!

In hindsight, it is more consistent with my goals to get the book into as many hands as possible.  Instead of setting the highest justifiable price, I should have set it at the lowest reasonable price.  That is what I have now done.

The e-book was priced at $8.45.  Starting today, the price of the e-book version of The Gift of Running is only $2.99.

I have also lowered the price of the paperback version.  It had been priced at $14.95, but I have now set it at $9.00.

Both of these prices are as low as I can reasonably set them.  I hope this helps get the book into the hands of more runners, especially new and future runners.  That is why I wrote it.  That is why I have lowered the prices.  I wish I could go back in time and reset the price for those that have already purchased a copy, but I can’t.  My sincere apologies go out to those folks.  I am sorry.

But now I am back on track with my goals.  It is about sharing the gift of running.  It is about encouraging fitness through running.

Train hard, race easy, & enjoy the run!

P. Mark

Table of Contents – Gift of Running

Here is the final version of the table of contents of my new book “The Gift of Running

The book is is now available in both paperback & ebook

Paperback Version – Amazon.com

Ebook Version – Kindle Store

Table of Contents

How to Read This Book 

Running Is a Gift for All

… A Precious Gift

…E Pluribus Run-em

……Where I Fall In the Spectrum of Runners

……Why am I writing a book on running?

…Receiving the Gift:  A Word to the Newbie Runner

Enhancing the Gift: Running Longer &/or Faster 

…Running Faster

…Running Longer

…Threshold Pace

……Threshold Pace and the Perfect Race

…Running a Marathon

…My Marathon Story:   From 5:35 to 3:27 in 18 months

Renewing the Gift: Motivation  

…Recapturing the Joy of Running

…Motivation: Getting Out of the Door

…Slaying the Specter of a Bad Run

…Potential, Risk, & Failure

…Racing as Motivation

…Aging Gracefully

……The Fountain of Youth

……Setting Age-Appropriate Goals

Renewing the Gift: Health

…Rest Days

…New Thoughts about Old Stretching

…Where to run: Surfaces, Sites, & Treadmills

…Philosophy of Pain

…RICE for Pain

…Weather Affects Running

…Staying Healthy in the Heat

…Running and Weight Loss

Giving Back: Community & Coaching 

…The Running Community

…Running Buddies

…You Will Never Run Alone

…Encouraging, Exhorting & Coaching

…Charity Fundraising

Training Schedules & Other Resources 

…What is a Training Plan?

…Following My Training Plans.

…From Walking to Running a 5K..

Training Programs:

– Walking to 5K
– Racing a 5K
– Racing a 10K
– Racing a Half Marathon
– Racing a Marathon

…The Right Stuff: Running Tools & Supplies

Wrapping Up the Gift 

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The Gift of Running: a book for runners and future runners

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