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drawer for two more years until I ended up on bed rest again while pregnant with my youngest son, Alex. Back in the same position, I pulled out my draft of “Run Forever” and got back to work. I made a lot of progress, but then Alex was born, and life got crazy again. I didn’t pick up my notes again until last year when I joined a business group full of physical therapists. Many of them were already published or writing books of their own, and they motivated me to put the finishing touches on my draft. The finished book includes all my original chapters on specific injuries, as well as chapters on stretching, strengthening exercises, and using simple PT tools, but it’s also packed with patient stories. That’s because when I was revising, I realized the book was missing something — personality. It was very academic and full of medical jargon. Basically, it didn’t have a soul or truly communicate my love of PT. That all changed when I started writing stories about my one-on-one work with patients and adding links to free videos of the exercises. The book gained the spark I was looking for, and I think it’s even more relatable. When the “Run Forever” e-book went on sale on Amazon, I wasn’t expecting a big response. After all, there are tons of physical therapy books out there. But amazingly, the book was a hit! In the first week, almost 2,000 people downloaded it to their Kindles, and it hit No. 1 in the Pain Management and Walking for Exercise categories. For me, that was proof that I’d made the right move when I expanded the book to include walkers, and I’m so glad that people of all ages and abilities are using it to ease their pain. If you want to check it out for yourself, Amazon is now selling paperback copies as well as Kindle downloads! You can order one by searching “Run Forever: The Secrets to Common Running & Walking Injuries” on their website, Amazon.com. If you pick up a copy, thank you — I hope you enjoy the read! – Jennifer Penrose THE STORY BEHIND ‘RUN FOREVER’
Right in the middle of the awful coronavirus news this spring, a big ray of light shone down on my family: After more than 10 years of writing, tinkering, and revising, my book, “Run Forever: The Secrets to Common Running & Walking Injuries,” was finally published! “Run Forever” has been a passion project of mine for years. More than a decade ago, one of my friends suggested I should put together a book for runners, and that simple proposition inspired me to get started. You might remember that when I was on bed rest with my middle son, Andrew, my friends brought me crafts to do in bed. Well, I ended up organizing a recipe book, scrapbooking my oldest son Alan’s baby book, and even making a Facebook account. During that time, I also started writing down my ideas for what would eventually become “Run Forever.” I was really excited about the concept. Originally, I intended for the book to be geared specifically toward runners. I picked a handful of the most common running injuries (including hip pain, back pain, knee pain, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, pulled hamstrings, and more) and focused on each of them in turn, laying out strategies for prevention and treatment. Then, at some point in the process, I realized I didn’t want to write a book just for runners. I wanted to write something that would help everyone manage their pain. So I expanded the book to include tips and suggestions for walkers and walking injuries as well. I even planned out chapters on stretching, using a foam roller and massage stick, and exercises for hip and core strengthening that would help readers run and walk for a lifetime. By the time I went into labor, I had the blueprint for an amazing book. After Andrew was born, though, I got so busy that I put the book aside. It sat in a digital We have new FREE virtual classes via Webex.com. Join us for full-body stretching on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. and low back pain beginner Pilates on Fridays at 12:15 p.m. Email Info@PenrosePT.com for information!
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