readers are saying about it…
to Start: A Guide to Running for Your Life
by John "the Penguin" Bingham
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friend of mine gave this book to me as a gift. I couldn't put it
down until I finished it. What an awesome book. It is a prescription
for life. I loved it. It spoke to me. It told my story. It gave
me inspiration to do more. I learned from it. What a gift."
"The Courage to Start is THE book on running!
I laughed, I cried, and now I'm reading it a second time. This book
is for any runner, newbie or veteran, who loves to run. Thanks John
for writing a book about Penguins."
"Like no other, this book will motivate you
to get off your duff and run, waddle or just plain walk out the
door...to the rest of your life. Inspirational, it's value
is in highlighting the spiritual benefits of the sport. Frank, honest,
and joyful. Takes you inside the mind of the new runner: the agony,
the doubt, the competition, the pride, the stumbles, the joy, and
ultimately, the freedom that running can bring. Not heavy on technical
training, not meant to be. For all the folks who don't wear singlets
and running shoes with no socks. You will thank the Penguin for
the rest of your life...he just might have saved it."
"I read your book yesterday and felt compelled
to write. Thank you for a wonderful and beautiful book.
I didn't know I was a penguin. I just thought of myself as
a pretender, but now I understand where I fit into the world of
running and that I am indeed a runner."
"If you have not
read Bingham's book The Courage to Start, eat beans and buy it today.
You will laugh your way out the front door. It is informative
as well as humorous!!!"
"I had just finished Oprah's exercise book
and started jogging. But felt stupid, when lo and behold, came upon
this book at Borders (sorry amazon). If you're fat or slow or afraid
to run in public or look foolish, but still desire to get out there
and try it, this is the book for you. See also WaddleOn.com where
you can join a whole group of folks who have read John's book and
Get Motivated. Good Luck."
"John's book is funny, touching, inspiring
and addictive. I liked it so much I bought it, and now I read
parts of it before races. Buy it. It is as important
as good shoes and drinking enough water on a hot day."
"I bought The
Penguin's book and I agree it's wonderful. Just reading it
makes me want to jump up and run. It expresses beautifully
why I run and how such a demanding, boring, activity can be so uplifting."
"As a neophyte to the sport of running, I
found this book incredibly inspiring. The author came from where
a lot of new runners come from: years of inactivity and poor shape.
The Penguin's transformation can motivate anyone with desire into
a life of good physical health. Do not expect a lot of techniques
from this book. There are some, but the focus is on getting and
staying motivated for a lifetime of excellent fitness and health
through the sport of running."
"The Courage to Start is a "must"
read for all who are thinking about running or who have recently
started, or who have been running for a long time! It gives both
inspirational and practical information to motivate one to run.
The book at times made me laugh, cry, and think. But most of all
it made me run. To read this book is the first step to a life of
"Wonderful insights, encouraging words and
very humorous! An excellent book for someone wanting to get into
the running world. I’m a seasoned runner and have read
it for enjoyment. I've given it as a gift to threee family members
who want to start a running program but don't know how."
"This book is a must for any runner. Best
ten bucks I've spent towards any running equipment. You won't be
sorry you bought this book."
"I just finished
the book, "The Courage to Start", and I laughed
and I cried. And tho' I have a horrible head cold, I could
not resist the temptation to go out and run anyway."
"I got a copy
last week from Amazon.com and I'm going to buy lots of copies to
give to all those people in my life that need a little nudge to
get off the couch and out on the road (or the court or the rink
or somewhere other than in front of the tube!). Great book. If you
haven't read it go get it now!!! "
"I've only gotten
through the first chapter so far - It's kind of spooky - like looking
at a mirror of my life and my thoughts."
"I just finished
"The Courage to Start" this morning. It's worth
every penny I paid for it. It has really hit home with me
and I think I read the entire book in 2 exercise bike workouts.
It's really great."
"I ordered your
book Courage to Start from Amazon.com and received it in yesterday's
mail. I started reading and couldn't put it down. I
was reading until 3 am! It seems like every sentence was "quotable."
I read many passages several times, hoping to have them etched in
my memory, so I can recite them on long runs. You have been
touched by Elmer, the Greek God of glue, because your messages continue
to stick with me. I read Penguin Chronicles FIRST when I get
each issue of Runner's World!"
"I am really enjoying
The Courage to Start. It has been very inspirational so far.
I'm having to fight my husband for it, and he usually makes fun
of the books I bring home. This book (and hubby's running
advice) made me figure out why all my previous attempts to become
"a runner" have failed. Now I'm pushing myself less
and enjoying it more. This book seems to have something to
say to both the beginner and the seasoned veteran."
"I started running nearly 30 years ago and
used to be quite strong. The responsibities of keeping a marriage
healthy, raising two children and working full time in a demanding
profession have taken their toll on my running life. I haven't stopped
for any appreciable length of time in 30 years but, darn!, I have
slowed down. I thoroughly enjoyed "The Penquin's " comments
on running -- he helped me get a new grip on
something that has always been important
to me but, like so many other things these days, is not what it
used to be. I appreciate his attitude, his perspective. I feel okay
about running again and I plan to re-read this book occasionally
just as a reminder of what running is really about."
"John's book is
amazing. I have read it many times. Always good to remind me of
the joy that running can bring. Sometimes we get so caught up in
mileage and getting runs in because we are training, that we forget
to laugh and smile WHILE we run. I still laugh myself silly at the
story of Velcro Lady!!!!!"
"I just finished
John's book. Half the time I was laughing hysterically thinking
he was writing about me, while the other half I was in tears "knowing"
he was writing about me. Initially, I was looking for a book with
"the plan" to run in it. I am so glad I didn't get
it here. What I read in this book made so much more sense
it earlier today; now I want to SCREAM it. I am on page 23 and my
heart has been leaping for all of us. I received my copy of John
Bingham's book The Courage to Start, and it....is....so....many....of....us!
Please....go without laundry detergent or food, but treat your soul,
and your dreams to this book. IT'S US!" [written by a Connector]
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