What happens when a thirty-something father of three boys in a dual career family sets his mind towards achieving his marathon dreams?
Running Ahead of the Sun summarizes the journey from injury to a shocking success at the 2012 Towpath Marathon. And I’m pleased to announce that it is now available in paperback from Amazon, as well as for the Kindle.
Part training advice and part life coaching, Running Ahead of the Sun brings a degree of reality to the requirements and possibilities involved in pursuing your athletic dreams while balancing the demands of family and career life. Plenty of books have been written by elite athletes about their experiences in the higher echelons of running, and there are books encouraging prospective runners to get off of their couch and start moving forward, but few if any books have focused on the locally competitive runner trying to take the next step.
Tim Meier, a recent finisher of the Paris Marathon in 2:40, says, “Thanks for publishing your book the week of the race and giving me a HUGE mental boost!” Stefan Smith, after going under 3:00 for the first time in the Paris marathon, adds, “You have no idea how much your sound, common sense has helped. Your Towpath race report was in my head a lot today.”
Now I’d like to ask you a favor (beyond just buying the book!). If you have or do have the opportunity to read it, I’d appreciate it if you could offer your thoughts as a review and rating on Amazon. I’m open to your honest feedback, as this may not be the last book I publish so would like to take the opportunity to learn and grow from the experience.
If you don’t have a Kindle and would rather borrow instead of read the book, feel free to ask your local library, as they should have access to acquire it as well.
Also, I have had the request for some signed versions – if you are interested in one, please send me a message at strosaker(at)gmail(dot)com and let me know, and I’ll arrange one for you, the cost would be $14.99 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.
To celebrate the launch, I’d like to hold a contest. The prize will be your choice of a free copy of the book (print or electronic version) or, if you have already purchased the book (or just aren’t that interested in it), a copy of the Running Manifesto t-shirt or poster (your choice) from the Predawn Runner CafePress store.
To enter, please do one of the following (each distinct action counts as an entry) and let me know in the comments. The contest will run through Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 5:00PM EDT, and I’ll announce the winner on Thursday.
- Tweet this post or a link to the book page from Amazon
- Post this post or the book page from Amazon on Facebook
- Pin this post or an image and link to the book on Pinterest
- Post this announcement or the Amazon page to Google+
Thank you for all your support in getting the book to this point, and I look forward to your feedback!