Jill Grunenwald’s Running With a Police Escort

When I first picked up this book at Indigo Chapters, and started browsing through the pages, I found myself laughing out loud at the recognition of myself in this narrator. Written as a memoir, this never-giving-up runner finds herself always at the back of the pack and the end of the race, to the point where a police escort helps her get to the finish line (long after the race had ended). At first I found this surprisingly and charmingly funny, and then in the same second, I realized … this would be me. I knew I needed to read this book. Not only would I empathize with the narrator entirely, but she sounded like she could empathize with me. I needed some fresh running inspiration.

In my first race two years ago, I was second to last. In another race, I found myself in the last five. One race I even found myself running at one point as slow as a woman who was speed walking. In my running group, I am always at the back. But as our coach always says, it’s not speed that matters, and I have learned that the robin gets the worm, and the tortiose can outrun the hare.

So, while I remain a slow runner, it’s time to get back into the game, since the weather is nice and my Whippet puppy (who definitely runs about 25 miles/hour faster than I do) is a bit older now.

Can’t wait to pick up the pace again while picking up this book, and being inspired by Jill Grunenwald in “Running With a Police Escort: Tales From the Back of the Pack.” A book that is real, funny, and poignant, and ensures me not one single reason to quit.

Also, this book combines two of my favourite things: reading + running. I’ll just try not to do them at the same time, lest I take out a flagpole (ps lots of fun things happen at the back of the pack!). 

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Some stories from home, some from travel adventures (usually in autumn), some happening in community, friendship and faith, and some about the vulnerable, lonely and excluded. To honour them because they have changed me for the better and taught me how to love more fully and be loved more fully. Some days are great, some good, some not always good. But overall, it's been a beautiful journey so far, and I feel more like myself every day. -- Debra, writer / photographer / blogger / traveller

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