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The Gift of Running: A Book for Runners and Future Runners

My first book, The Gift of Running, is available in both paperback & ebook

Paperback Version – Amazon.com   $9.00

Ebook Version – Kindle Store $2.99

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 .

Below is the official description.  A small excerpt is included at the bottom of this page.

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If you would like an autographed copy of the book, please email me at pmark67@gmail.com


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

by P Mark Taylor

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.

P. Mark Taylor is a runner & author of the blog at http://www.WiseRunning.com.

Publication Date:    Jul 20 2012
ISBN/EAN13:    0615668607 / 9780615668604
Page Count:    196
Binding Type:    US Trade Paper
Trim Size:    5.5″ x 8.5″
Language:    English
Color:    Black and White
Related Categories:    Sports & Recreation / Running & Jogging

How to read this book:   (an excerpt from the book)

“This book is not a technical manual.  I have intentionally tried to keep my explanations brief and simple.  I have avoided technical terms and explained what I mean whenever needed.  It does offer important research-based information, but it offers more than that.

The book is about:

  • the human side of running,
  • becoming a runner,
  • working to become a better runner,
  • & staying safe, sane, and happy as a runner. 

It moves back and forth between personal stories, quotes from runners, and advice on running.

Most of the subsections of the book could be read independently, but I encourage you to read it from front to back.  This is especially true for the inexperienced runners.  Read the whole thing first, then go enjoy the run!

This book is the culmination of years of running, studying, and life experiences.  Most of all it is about the love of running and my respect for runners.

This book is dedicated to all of those who share my passion for running & to all those who are trying running for the first time.”


 Click here to see my second book on running:
Wise Running: Thoughts on Running and Life
Wise Running Book COVER mockup

Welcome to Wise Running!

This is my first real blog on Wise Running.  You have to start somewhere, right?  I already did my “About Us” page.  Take a look and tell me what you think.  It is just a skeleton at this point, but here is a quick preview of what is to come.

The categories above show much of my intent:

Health & Nutrition is somewhat self-explanatory, but will focus on runner’s specific needs, habits, and injury prevention.

Racing will include some notes on my races, some notes on big races in the running world, links to upcoming races, and anything else race-related that you might ask for – just let me know.

Shoes & Gear will have news, links, and reviews related to running gear for your feet and everything above.

Humor & Inspiration will include insightful quotes and stories as well as the lighter side of running.

Training will include links to high quality training programs, tips, and suggestions.

Let me know what you would like to see!

Happy Running!

P. Mark “Park” Taylor





Whose shoes do you use?

In my running careers, I have run in Keds (no, I am not kidding), Nike, Reebok, New Balance, Asics, Vibram Five-Fingers, & Brooks.  I had a unique reason for including every pair.  I am happy to say that I have never bought a pair of running shoes because they look cool.  I tend to be more about two very important purposes: protecting my legs & getting faster.

A good pair of shoes can provide support, comfort, protection, and perhaps even mechanical advantage.  Track spikes, for instance sink into the track just enough to make sure you don’t slip.  This gives you the mechanical advantage of grip so that you can make sure that every ounce of energy you expend actually helps you move forward faster.  The racing flat does a great job on race day, but would not provide enough support for most runners on the daily run.

So here is the question of the day:  Whose shoes do you use?  Do you stick with one brand?  Do you use different brands for different purposes?  Do you have multiple pairs of the exact same shoe so you can rotate them and help them last longer?

The shoes I use?  I currently train in Vibram Five Finger.

I love the Bikila LS because it feels almost like barefoot running, but with the advantage of not having my skin ripped up by rocks and other debris along the way.  I also have some Nike Zoom for racing and short runs.  I still have a pair of Brooks Beast that I wear from time to time.  They are the polar opposite of the Vibrams because they offer tons of cushion and support.  Hence, I am likely to use them on relatively slow and easy runs when my legs are a little sore.  Still, on the long runs, running up and down ridges, track workouts, and anything of substance I will keep going back to my Vibrams Bikila LS.  They fit like a glove and they encourage me to run with a more natural stride.  In the long run…figuratively and literally…that means that my legs are happier and that I am running faster, which makes me happier.

So… whose shoes do you use?

Happy Running!

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