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Run the Mile You're In

Finding God in Every Step
By: Ryan Hall
Narrated by: Brandon Barnes, Ryan Hall
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
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Summary

Ryan Hall is an Olympic athlete and American record holder in the half marathon (59:43). But as a kid, Ryan hated running. He wanted nothing to do with the sport until one day, he felt compelled to run the 15 miles around his neighborhood lake. He was hooked.

Starting that day, Ryan felt a God-given purpose in running. He knew he could, and would, race with the best runners in the world and that his talent was a gift to serve others. These two truths launched Ryan's 20-year athletic career and guided him through epic failures and exceptional breakthroughs to competing at the highest level.

Along the way, Ryan learned how to focus on his purpose and say no to distractions, to select and strive for the right goals - goals for the heart as well as the body. With God's guidance and millions of miles pounded out on the track, Ryan discovered secrets to dealing with defeat and disappointment, enduring immense pain, building resilience, and ultimately, running as if you've already won.

Now a coach, speaker, and nonprofit partner, Ryan shares the powerful faith behind his athletic achievements and the lessons he learned that helped him push past limits, make space for relationships that enrich life on and off the running trails, and cultivate a positive mind-set.

Journey with Ryan as he reflects on the joys and trials of the running life and discover for yourself the power of a life devoted to your God-given purpose.

©2019 Ryan Hall (P)2019 Zondervan

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Thought this book was about running!

Tried this book twice but gave up. I heard about Ryan via other books with Deena Castor and Meb but realise the focus of his story is more about his beliefs rather than his career. that's fine but I was hoping to get an insight into his running career rather than listen to tangents.

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More like Bible study than running

I've nothing against people who have faith and knew Ryan was a committed Christian from previous interviews, but this book quickly went from tiresome to ridiculous. He supports a lot of statements / decisions with a bible quote, and I mean a lot. Fine, I was just about coping with that but then the section where he decided that God was going to be his running coach was ridiculous. Apparently, God quickly told him to seek the advise of actual coaches, rather than the Almighty lacing up his Nikes and running tempo with Ryan.Maybe God was at work here, delivering the message 'are you stupid, get an actual coach'. God also told him that rest was important, obviously there was a bible quote to support this too. Strangely every single coaching manual you can find tells you the same thing, maybe the good Lord has been busy writing manuals. I find it interesting how people get strength from their faith, but unfortunately to me, Ryan came across as a bit of a religious nut job. I'll be returning this for a refund.

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  • Soren G. Brockdorf
  • 21-04-19

Way better than expected.

To be honest, I only bought this book because Ryan Hall wrote it. It was truly a great book. Mostly it is for the Christian Runner, but still a book anyone could love.
My two negatives on the book is that it is very short, and it should have a pdf concurrent reading with it. He has so many passages he references that there is no way to remember all of them. I listen while I run, so no way to write them down for later.

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  • Brandon Deshazer
  • 07-07-19

Insightful yet Confusing

As a fan of Ryan Hall, this was a must-read. He has great insights from his faith and running background that were encouraging and helpful, personally and as a runner, myself. However, the book is organized by theme, not chronology, which made certain points in the book frustrating. Often, a story would be told, leading to a climax, but, instead, the story would jump to a related theme, 8 years in the past, but did not really complete the story being told. However, despite those unwelcome interruptions, I enjoyed the book and encourage anyone who is a runner or wants to go to the next level in their life to read it.

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  • Gary W Haddix II
  • 19-11-19

It's already been won!

When I had to be away from this book, it was so easy to jump back in and continue where I had left off. What a story!! Took so much from Ryan's journey.

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  • Jill Hannon
  • 11-11-19

Motivational even while training

I listened to this book most times on my runs. It reminded me to run the pace I am in and to not compete with others. I have never ran a marathon but want to. With my pace for a half at his full marathon speed, I have always worried about how long it would take me to finish. Now I think I could do it and do it for me cause I have already won!

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  • MN
  • 08-11-19

Each Chapter is better than the prior one and each chapter is WOW Powerful.

I definitely recommend this book. I am grateful I got the chance to listen to it (audiobooks) and I am planning to listen to it few more times. What an awesome and beautiful journey! I feel this book is so special, I experience joy and a change of heart/mind while listening to it. What a blessing, Thank you!

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  • Jordan H.
  • 04-11-19

Awesome!

I listened in just a couple days. it was incredibly encouraging as a believer and runner!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-19

Great listen for running!

LOVED every inspiring minute of this book!
Motivated me as I ran....physically, mentally and especially spiritually. I highly recommend this book!

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  • David
  • 31-10-19

Good read. Motivational and inspirational for any runner

Enjoyed the book. As a runner I enjoyed seeing the author use the struggles of the run to connect better with God.

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  • Mark Salling
  • 06-10-19

outstanding! encouraging!

I enjoyed every page, every minute. I am more encouraged in God's greatest purpose in my life through good times and turmoils.

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  • Addie Hooker
  • 08-09-19

Inspirational and encouraging

Wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I picked this book up! But was simple listening and learn so much and confirming things I go through as a runner even at my age! His story is amazing. Thank you Ryan for letting God use you! I have already applied things you talk about how God sees me in this crazy life.
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