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Comeback Runners

Posted Oct 17 2008 9:14pm

Some of the best running stories are about comebacks such as returns from setbacks, injuries, and any form of scheduled or unscheduled time off.  Comebacks are often private stories filled with long roads back to running (literally) and gritty determination from seemingly ordinary people. 

Most runners’ comeback stories are some of their most singular accomplishments that often exceed their PRs and streaks of regular fitness and racing.  Most running triumphs are rarely about victories, awards, or even recognition.   They aren’t measured by running speed, race distances or marathons. Instead they are about very core human goals achieved through consistency, through daily ordinary running routines, and through adapting to the challenges, and then running better .  

There are countless comeback running stories happening all over—among runners of every age, those stricken with injury, illness and tragedy, and those who express their best living through a running accomplishment that once looked impossible.  They’re not all Hallmark Hall of Fame types, but they are very real and often mountain top experiences to the runners and those in their lives.

If you’re looking for greatness as defined by Olympian stature, read about the historical elites.  If you’re looking for Herculean stories, they’re abundant in your own hometown.  Just ask your running friends, co-workers, local running club members, event organizers and running bloggers. A comeback story we love includes two Iowa women whose running friendship--we call them Runnerships —culminated last month.  The great news is every community is filled with great comeback stories about runners.  Who are the comeback running greats in your world.

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