Running Outside The Comfort Zone: An Explorer's Guide To The Edges Of Running by Susan LackeRunning Outside The Comfort Zone: An Explorer's Guide To The Edges Of Running by Susan Lacke

Running Outside The Comfort Zone: An Explorer's Guide To The Edges Of Running

bySusan Lacke

Paperback | March 27, 2019

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Running offers much more than road racing!

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 spent 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 Zoneuncovers 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.

Susan Lacke is a writer, college professor, and adventure junkie.She holds a doctorate in health education and a M.S. in family and community wellness. Her writing has appeared in many national and regional publications includingTriathlete,Women's Running,Competitor, andSalt Lakemagazine. She is the author ofLife's Too Short to Go So F...
Title:Running Outside The Comfort Zone: An Explorer's Guide To The Edges Of RunningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.12 × 0.75 inPublished:March 27, 2019Publisher:VeloPressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1937715841

ISBN - 13:9781937715847

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What's the Password?

1In Defense of 3 a.m. Registrations

2You DidWhat?!

3It's All Uphill from Here

4Dave Crockett, Dust Storms, and a Bag Full of Poop

5How Did I Get Here? And Where Are My Shoes?

6Uphill Both Ways, Barefoot and in Jorts

7A Helluva Race in a Helluva Town

8Grandpa's in the Tuff Shed

9That's a Horrible Idea. What Time?

10Feels Like Home

11One Mile at a Time

12Lay It all Bare

13Back to the Start Line

14Stay Weird, San Francisco

15And Jill Came Tumbling After

16The Ultimate Human Race

17Get Off My Back!

18Thank Hell for Little Girls

19Please Don't Hump Me, I'm Racing

20Bibs Behind Bars

21Open Sesame


About the Author

A Year Outside My Comfort Zone


Huntsville Marathon (#1)

Huntsville, UT

Red Bull 400

Park City, UT


Pony Express 50-Miler

Faust, UT


Across the Years

Phoenix, AZ


OneWorld Running-Cuba Service Trip, La Farola Run

Havana, Cuba


Empire State Building Run-Up

New York City, NY


Frozen Dead Guy Days

Nederland, CO

Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Run with Heidi

Flagstaff, AZ


Salt Lake City Marathon

Salt Lake City, UT

Grand Blue Mile

Des Moines, IA


Caliente Bare Dare 5K

Tampa, FL

Phoenix Storytellers, South Mountain Run

Phoenix, AZ

Bay to Breakers

San Francisco, CA

Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling

Gloucester, England


Comrades Marathon

Durban, South Africa

Midwest Wife-Carrying Championship

Frederick, SD


Girls on the Run Camp

Salt Lake City, UT

Pack Burro Race

Leadville, CO


Huntsville Marathon (#2)

Huntsville, UT

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Susan Lacke's debut book, Life's Too Short to Go So F*cking Slow:"Susan Lacke is not only a great writer but also one of the most hilarious people around...And her book? It's all that and more.It's poignant. It's vulnerable. It's real. It's inspiring. It's funny. It's deeply personal and reflective. It's the kind of story that makes you look within...that makes you want to call up your best friend in the middle of the night and say 'thank you from the bottom of my heart'. It's the kind of read that makes you want to write a bucket list and start checking things off of it now. This book is SO F*CKING beautiful." - Fit Bottomed Girls"With humor and brutal honesty, Lacke draws you in to a touching story that's refreshingly free of affected 'inspirational crap.' It made me laugh, gave me pause to reflect on my own fallable inner voice, and to rejoice over relationships strengthened through sport. Brilliant!" - Heather Wurtele, professional triathlete"I really loved Susan Lacke's book. Her friendship with Carlos made me laugh and cry. More than anything, Life's Too Short to Go So F*cking Slow is a reminder that sport is so much more than fitness: Sports are about friendship and the power to change the course of our lives." - Rachel Joyce, professional triathlete"A witty and honest story of an endearing friendship. Susan always keeps it real." - Kelly Williamson, professional triathlete"A relatively quick read about running, triathlon and friendship that will make you laugh, cry and reflect on what's really important in your own life. Susan Lacke might not be a household name (yet, anyway) but she's a hell of a writer and has a knack for using humor to tell stories that resonate on a deeply personal level. I can't recommend [her book] enough." - Mario Fraioli, The Morning Shakeout"I was captivated and inspired by Susan's story of the profound transformative powers of friendship and sport. To see the progression and improvement in her life reminds us all of the value these human relationships and athletic endeavors have, and of the tremendous capacity for change and growth that lies in each person." - Ben Hoffman, professional triathlete"Life's Too Short.cements Lacke's reputation as the storyteller of endurance sports." - Salt Lake magazine"A book you just can't put down.Susan Lacke shows the reader that we, too, can take Carlos' passion and love and 'go the distance' in whatever we set out to do." - A Triathlete's Diary"Life's Too Short. gave me all the feels. Inspiring and funny, just like Susan." - Rebecca Warren, Women's Running