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Meet The Writers: Samantha Ducloux Waltz

Book cover One of the great joys of compiling our book, The Ultimate Runner, was the joy of connecting with other runners who are also writers - whether professionally or as a way to express their adventures in running.  We found the stories seemed to jump off the page and grab us even more when we also knew something about the person writing it. 

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing you to the writers and photographers who are responsible for putting in the stories and content.   Our first stop is with Samantha Ducloux Waltz from Portland OR.  She took some time to record a podcast with us as well as answer written questions.  She is a runner, and has a passion and career with writing.   But what makes her an Ultimate Runner in my book is that she loves running and is determined to get back to the distances she loves.   She is rehabilitating knee injuries, but hasn't given up hope.  

What else makes her interesting to us?  It could be her cat running partner from her story "My Running Partners".    Say...I have a cat who loves to run with me.  That's weird.  We wonder out loud in the podcast if we have the only two running cats on the planet.  


Or it could be her perfect expression of her running, "wildly enthusiastic but not well informed".  Wow.  That pretty well describes my weakness with my running which has caused all kinds of injuries.  Add "stubborn" to the end of the phrase and you have it. 

Or it could be that she is looking for other runners, like her, who want to run, love to run, run for health, run for enjoyment, and wish running was less painful.  We love that she wants to connect with other runners to make her running more enjoyable!

Enjoy the podcast with Samantha - take her along on your next run.   And for more interesting ways to connect with Samantha, read the tidbits below. 

Podcast:  Download Samantha waltz

Why did you start running?

A  friend and I thought it would be fun. And "cool." (I loved the T-Shirts.)  Looking back I realize I was also desperate for a stress reliever. We could run from the house early in the morning while our husbands watched our young children.

Best running advice you ever received?

Train on the hills and the distance will take care of itself. (To a point.)

Running wisdom you wished you learned earlier in your running?

I wish I'd known more about the importance of stretching and of warming up before running hills.  In my eagerness to be a "runner" I didn't inform myself enough and damaged my knees within a year.

Favorite tip you pass along to runners?
Be thoroughly trained for the runs you take on. Stretch well before and after. That's your best strategy for preventing injuries.

Most read/used running book?

Women's Running

Favorite running memory, run or race?  

The Hood to Coast. I was in a van of coworkers who were so funny I laughed until my stomach hurt and tears ran down my face. (The school psychologist, drama teacher, a counselor and several teachers at the high school where I taught made up our van. The other van for our team  held one of our vide-principals, another counselor, and several more teachers.)  Punchy with lack of sleep, we revealed sides of ourselves no one at our school had seen. The school psychologist and drama teacher became a comedy team creating the best "improv" I'd ever seen.  We created the rule "What's said in the van stays in the van" so we would have at least a bit of dignity when we returned to school the following Monday. It was magical. To top it all off, my leg out of Mist, Oregon,  I was running literally in the pre-dawn mist and another runner came along and started chatting.  We loped along, talking and laughing,  and I picked up at least two minutes a mile in my time. More magic. (He must have lost time but he was running a fourth leg for a sick van mate so he claimed to not mind.) I was high for at least three days after laughing that much and running so well.

Your running dream?

For my knees to recover enough for me to run distance.

What keeps you running?

Addiction. Nothing gives the same high, and the same bright spin on life.

Contact? Samantha: Website is www.pathsofthought.com and email at samanthawaltz@comcast.net

Want a Sneak Peek?

We have been a never ending mission for three years to connect runners to runners and running information.  We know that runners are all different and have different ways they connect with others, so trying to connect runners in just one way won't accomplish our goal.  We try to reach out in many ways - blog, online community, twitter, Facebook, podcasts and even good 'ole regular conversations.   We subscribe to the old adage "7 times, 7 ways".   At least the '7 Ways' part anyway.  :}

And now with the book, we have an official seventh way to connect with runners.  For all those runners who aren't crazy about the online-social-media-virtual-running world, we have a more traditional way to connect runners to other runners - the book.   It feels like we are getting closer and closer to reaching more types of runners.

In the book are 40 stories from all types of runners.  They are ordinary runners who have shared their running story with us because they want to share it with others.  The book includes stories of why they run, the social side of running, memorable races, and emotional insights from running.   And there are 10 expert tips that cover the real stuff runners need to know about stretching, strengthening, long distance running, nutrition and more.    It's like a box of chocolates - a sampler.

And we would love to get this book into the hands of runners as a way to keep runners moving and connecting to other runners.  If you are the type of runner that fuels their running by reading about running and enjoy listening to other stories, we would love to send you a copy to review and share with others.

If you are interested in doing a book review and sharing it with other runners through your blog, Twitter, Facebook, email exchange, Runners' Lounge forum, or conversations, please drop off a comment and let us know your interest.  We have a limited number of copies, but would love to have all of them in the hands of runners!

The Ultimate Runner Is Born

About a year ago Tom and I started on a quest to package up a bunch of the great stories we heard around the Lounge and put them in a book for runners to enjoy.   We were only a few months into the adventure when we were lucky enough to have the chance to partner with HCI Publications Book coverwho were on a parallel track to compile stories and advice of runners.   And "The Ultimate Runner" book started.

In the midst of all the craziness of our own lives, we continued to move forward on the book.   Many of you submitted stories and photos.  And we reached out to some great running experts for tips.   And a few weeks ago our friends at HCI pulled together the final version and the book was born!

It's hard to describe how awesome it is to see the real life stories and achievements of runners captured in a book.  To steal a phrase from Tom, the book truly "gives voice to runners".

The official release date for the book is May 3rd!  And you can find it now online on the major resellers like Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Borders.

We can't wait to introduce to some of the great contributors and their running story!

The Social Side of Running: A Call for Stories

One of the greatest things Amy and I love about running is the wonderful people it connects us to.

How about you?  What's your "Social Side of Sneakers."

Ultimate Runner We're referring to just one of the categories of  stories in The Ultimate Runner: Stories and Tips to Keep You Moving, a collection of inspirational stories, photos and tips about running by runners and is scheduled to be published by HCI Books 

The Ultimate Runner is a compilation of true stories from beginning runners to Ironman veterans, celebrating what's good, bad, and funny about running.  In addition to great stories, the book will share advice by experts, plus capture the meaning, challenge, and beauty of running in stunning photography.

Share your running story!

We want your stories on how running has created, strengthened, and expanded your relationships.  Perhaps you've formed a group of close friends beyond the running trails and race finish line.  Maybe love even blossomed for you because of running.

We know many of you have a way with words, so we invite you to share your running stories for possible publication. The deadline for story submissions is approaching at the end of August.

Stories can be inspiring, humorous, enlightening, or motivating, and can cover anything you've learned about yourself, others, or the world around you because of running.  From training for a marathon to actually finishing it, from a deeper spiritual connection to the world or a better connection to yourself, from running in exotic places to running for a cause—we welcome your insights and expertise.   

To spark your ideas, the chapters in The Ultimate Runner  include:

  • Physical Transformation
  • Emotional and Spiritual
  • The Social Side of Sneakers
  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Memorable Races
  • Running For a Greater Cause

If selected, each runner's story will be enjoyed in a collection that will reach and touch runners around the world and authors will be compensated!   Stories can be submitted directly at the Ultimate Book site.

Photographs

If you know runners who also tell stories with photos instead of words, we want their pictures!  We’re seeking high-quality photographs that tell a story words cannot.  Share your pics of some of the world’s most picturesque races or the breathtaking scenery others might have missed while they were struggling for breath.  Photos can also be submitted directly at the Ultimate Book site.

The Ultimate Runner will connect with an extensive, far-reaching audience.  We hope you know will consider being part of this exciting project serving the interest of countless runners of many abilities and experience. 

Announcing The Ultimate Runner: Be part of this running book!

Amy and are delighted to share some exciting news!

Ultimate Runner A few months ago we told you about a new book project by Health Communications, Inc to bring together great stories and advice for runners.  Since then, our partnership with HCI has continued and we are now proud to announce we will be the authors of the upcoming book—The Ultimate Runner: Stories and Tips to Keep You Moving, to be published in Spring 2010.

The Ultimate Runner is a compilation of true stories from beginning runners to Ironman veterans, celebrating what's good, bad, and funny about running.  In addition to great stories, the book will share advice by experts plus capture the meaning, challenge, and beauty of running in stunning photography.


Share your running story!

We know many of you have a way with words, and we invite you to share your running stories for possible publication. The deadline for story submissions is August 15, 2009.

We have already shared many stories from Runners’ Lounge members with the book's editor and also encouraged many of you to re-submit your stories to HCI directly.  We want your story to be part of this book!

Stories can be inspiring, humorous, enlightening, or motivating, and can cover anything you've learned about yourself, others, or the world around you because of running.  From training for a marathon to actually finishing it, from a deeper spiritual connection to the world or a better connection to yourself, from running in exotic places to running for a cause—we welcome your insights and expertise.   

To spark your ideas, the chapters in The Ultimate Runner will include:

  • Physical Transformation
  • Emotional and Spirtual
  • The Social Side of Sneakers
  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Memorable Races
  • Running For a Greater Cause

If selected, your story will be enjoyed in a collection that will reach and touch runners around the world and you will be compensated!   Your stories can be submitted directly at the Ultimate Book site.

Photographs

If you tell stories with photos instead of words, we want your pictures!  We’re seeking high-quality photographs that tell a story that words cannot.  Share your pics of some of the world’s most picturesque races or the breathtaking scenery others might have missed while they were struggling for breath.

We are also seeking interesting shots and compositions: a lone runner on a foggy morning, someone  running on the beach at sunset, a group of racers lining up together—images that motivate and inspire or shots that make you appreciate the moment in a way only an image can capture.

Your photos can also be submitted directly at the Ultimate Book site.

Since you are part of a great network or runners, we invite you to pass along this call-for-stories on your blog and also with your running friends, particularly in your local community with running friends, clubs, race directors, and running enthusiasts. 

If you have any questions, please contact Amy or me.

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