Running Into Yourself: Unlock Your Strength, Heal Your Wounds, and Find New Life Through Running

Breakaway Books
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The power of running to alleviate our suffering and frailties

Whether you’re a novice runner making your way from the couch to your first 5K race, or an elite runner toeing the line at the start of the Olympic marathon, you soon discover that within the beauty of movement, there comes a point where you arrive at a mysterious boundary—the border where one valiantly tries to quiet the mind, while allaying incapacitating doubts and fears. This subtle negotiation, this dance with discomfort, is the birthplace of an inner fortitude, and it demands we keep moving when everything inside us is screaming for us to quit. 
     Jean-Paul Bédard explores running’s ability to nurture inner resilience and build community, and how it can help us work through the traumas of addiction, depression, abuse, or anxiety.  This book is a message strength and hope.


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About the author

Jean-Paul Bédard is an author, high profile endurance athlete, and international advocate for survivors of sexual violence.  Jean-Paul was named the 2015 “Golden Shoe Award” winner as Canadian Runner of the Year.  A Brooks sponsored athlete and veteran of over 130 marathons and ultra marathons, Jean-Paul is a sought-after speaker, sharing his inspiring message of overcoming adversity.  Jean-Paul is also a featured contributor to Huffington Post, a columnist with iRun Magazine, and the author behind the popular blog breathethroughthis.com  which has over two million reader/subscribers.  

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Publisher
Breakaway Books
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Published on
Jun 15, 2016
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Pages
288
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Language
English
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Genres
Sports & Recreation / Running & Jogging
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This content is DRM protected.
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