Book Signing at A Running Start with Prizes for YOU!
Almost dying, almost losing a leg and going through at least twenty surgeries is enough to make a person insecure about what their body can or can’t handle.
So it took a few cautious run/walks before I really believed that I could run again. And then it was time for new running shoes! But not just any shoes would do, I wanted to be fitted for the right shoes for me and my beatup body. So I headed to a local running store, A Running Start.
After a explanation of my funky leg, my other injuries and my desire for a stable, supportive shoe, the running specialists watched me walk. Then she gave me a few pairs of shoes to try. They all felt good, but one pair felt really good, so I ran up and down the sidewalk in front of the store while she watched me and did a gait analysis to check my balance and see how I run.
Those shoes were perfect and gave my body the support
it needed to begin a journey I never thought possible.
And now that I’m back to running regularly and especially since Because I Can was published, I get asked a lot of running questions and many revolve around what shoes to wear. I’m not a shoe expert, so I direct everyone to the fine people at A Running Start.
Along with shoes, they have apparel, gadgets and everything else you need for running, especially socks. Most people think socks are not as important as shoes, but they are. A bad pair of socks can cause blisters, and even the perfect shoe can’t help you ignore that pain.
The owner, Sorita Averill Fitzgerald left the corporate world in 2004 to open A Running Start. And not only has she built a professional business with the greatest staff, but she and her staff are very involved in community events and are active runners.
Sorita’s newest endeavor is co-directing the YES I CAN 5k with Jackie from Y102. As I mentioned last week, this 5k is near and dear to me for a few reasons… my Sister and the Special Olympics. I’d love to have you join me at the 5k by saying Yes, I can WALK or RUN 3.1 miles. Not only will you help the Special Olympics, but you will be an inspiration to the people in your world.
A Running Start is located on Penn Avenue in West Reading… a street that I’d love to live on! This Saturday (Aug 4th from 10-6) the Avenue is having a huge tent/sidewalk sale and Sorita invited me to have a book signing at A Running Start.
So I’ll be there and I decided to bring prizes, so everyone
that comes to my table can registration to win one of three prizes!
1. Registration to the YES I CAN 5k ($25 value)
2. Paperback copy of Because I Can ($15 value)
3. A Because I Can sports bottle ($10 value)
I write about my return to running in Because I Can, but you don’t have to be a runner to enjoy it. I also cover my struggle with depression and how that affected my outlook and worldview. Many say it inspires them with a balance of what most situations in life call for…
Courage to face obstacles
Boldness to challenge the status quo
Endurance to continue one step at a time
So head over to Penn Avenue on Saturday, stop in at A Running Start, pick up some running gear and get your running questions answers by experts. Say hi to me (noon till at least 3) register for the prizes and pick up an autographed copy of Because I Can for yourself or for anyone that is facing obstacles or needs inspiration.
REVIEWS for BECAUSE I CAN:
“I can’t imagine going through the journey that Janet Oberholtzer has taken, but I can say that her memoir is “her voice.” Her writing is crisp, clean and understated. She tells the story with some humor, lots of honesty and really gets the reader to “feel” her journey.” From a friend
“There are no annoying platitudes, simply real experiences of how she felt about the experience as she went through it. She does not deny her pain, her struggle with faith, or that this was an extremely difficult journey, yet I walked away from reading the book with hope and understanding.” From an acquaintance
“Wonderful story line about a runner’s struggle to overcome major physical injuries to resume her passion. Her focus on what she has rather than what she has lost, is a great life lesson. If you are looking for motivation to persevere against what life throws in your path, this book is a must read.” From a stranger