Running Outside the Comfort Zone
An Explorer's Guide to the Edges of Running
After a decade of writing about running, sports columnist Susan Lacke found herself in a serious running rut. Les mer
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After a decade of writing about running, sports columnist Susan Lacke found herself in a serious running rut. The runners around her seemed to be thriving, setting goals, and having fun, but her own interest in running was lackluster.
Seeking to reengage with the sport she once loved, Lacke spends a year exploring running in its many shapes and forms, taking on running challenges that scare her, push her, and downright embarrass her. From races with giant cheese wheels to a regional wife-carrying competition, a naked 5K to climbing the dark stairwells of the Empire State Building, Lacke's brave forays and misadventures are chronicled in wondrous and funny stories.
Running Outside the Comfort Zone uncovers the brash, bold, and very human sides of running, and along the way Susan rekindles her own crush on America's favorite all-comers sport.
Introduction: What's the Password?
1 In Defense of 3:00 a.m. Registrations
2 It's All Uphill from Here
3 Davy Crockett, Dust Storms, and a Bag Full of Poop
4 How Did I Get Here? And Where Are My Shoes?
5 Uphill, Both Ways, in Jorts
6 A Helluva Race in a Helluva Town
7 Grandpa's in the Tuff Shed
8 That's a Horrible Idea. What Time?
9 Feels Like Home
10 One Mile at a Time
11 Lay It All Bare
12 Back Story
13 Stay Weird, San Francisco
14 And Jill Came Tumbling After
15 Thank Hell for Little Girls
16 Get Off My Back
17 The Ultimate Human Race
Epilogue: Open Sesame
About the Author
A YEAR OUTSIDE MY COMFORT ZONE
Huntsville Marathon (#1) | Huntsville, UT
Red Bull 400 | Park City, UT
Pony Express Trail 50 | Faust, UT
Across the Years | Phoenix, AZ
La Farola Run | Havana, Cuba
Empire State Building Run-Up | New York City, NY
Coffin Race | Nederland, CO
Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Run | Flagstaff, AZ
Salt Lake City Marathon | Salt Lake City, UT
Grand Blue Mile | Des Moines, IA
Caliente Bare Dare 5K | Land O' Lakes, FL
USA Network's Storytellers Project | Phoenix, AZ
Bay to Breakers | San Francisco, CA
Cooper's Hill Cheese Roll | Gloucester, England
Girls on the Run Camp | Salt Lake City, UT
Midwest Wife Carrying Championship | Frederick, SD
Comrades Marathon | Durban, South Africa
Huntsville Marathon (#2) | Huntsville, UT
A fun and funny exploration of running in all its many unusual forms featuring 21 quirky, iconic-even downright wacky-running events.