The Monday after Thanksgiving has become a big day for shoppers. Last year, shoppers purchased nearly $2.7 Billion on-line on Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday was created by marketers to lure shoppers like you and me into purchasing on-line. Shoppers are enticed with “deals”, discounts, and the allure of avoiding the chaos of in-store shopping.
I don’t know about you, but my family has found it much easier to shop on-line. We get the things we want and need for the holidays without the pressure of the in-store experience.
Since it’s Cyber Monday and I know you are looking for that perfect gift for that special someone, I thought I should remind you of a gift that everyone wants and needs:
My book, On Track: Life Lessons from the Track & Field is available on-line at Amazon.com for less than $3.00. This is the perfect stocking-stuffer or gift for anyone.
Here’s what several reviewers had to say about On Track:
It would be very easy for someone to read the title of this short book and think, “I only watch track every four years during the Olympics…this book isn’t for me.” The author does indeed talk about track and field, mostly at the high school level and in a very light and approachable way. But what this book really does is remind the reader that we all are surrounded in our everyday lives with little things that can help us grow, comfort us, or even kick us in the pants. We just need to be paying attention.
The beauty in this book is the way in which the author sees lessons in the little things, like the way sprinters set up their starting blocks. You do not need to be a fan of track and field to appreciate these observations. I believe that the author is more hoping to arm the reader with a few tools to look for lessons in their own everyday events that are relevant to their lives. Intentional or not, the book certainly did this for me. “On Track” then ties these observations back to recognizable verses of scripture. Much as the author hopes we’ll draw on our own memorable stories in our lives, he provides these memorable scripture passages for us to draw on as well.
I wouldn’t read this book expecting to learn much about track and field. That’s not really the point. This is a great little book to have on hand for those times that you find life getting off track (pun very much intended). It is a quick read that I will be returning to from time to time to get back On Track. Brian S. Willem
This book is an easy read and well thought out. Jon writes life lessons in parallel with track and field events, he leads us from the starting blocks to the finish line. Whether you know track and field or not, this book is an inspiring work and leaves me wanting to read more and more of Jon’s writing. Bravo for leading the pack on your first book Jon!! Chris Vonada
Such a great read! Jon does a great job relating track and field concepts to our lives in this book. Whether coming out of the starting blocks, overcoming obstacles, or finishing strong, he incorporates stories from his own life and his kids’ lives and connects those with things that we face every day.
As a former hurdler and runner, I could especially identify with his stories and challenges and it took me back to my track days. On Track is a great book for anyone who wants to grow, be stretched, and be encouraged in their role at home, work, and in daily life. I highly recommend it. Great job Jon! Shawn Washburn
Love that Jon incorporates his faith into his passions in life – into his family, his running, his job. On Track demonstrates how learning good, strong habits and practices are a life learning not just compartmentalized into a sport. Great read for the whole family, and would be great as a small group discussion guide. Good job, Jon! Looking forward to lots more from this new author. Diane Karchner
Jon takes us on a journey with his love of God and his love of running. There are many lessons of life molding these two loves together. You really get a sense of Jon’s dedication to living life to the fullest and enjoying the gifts God has equipped each of us. S. Young
Jon offers a tidy little book, a parable if you will, comparing life to running at a track meet. Readers will enjoy sharing the author’s personal experiences and will find the extra boost they are looking for to get their life back on track. An easy, enjoyable and worthwhile read. Matt Appling
In this book, Jon does a fantastic job of teaching both about track and field (for those who are too familiar) and about life. Several key factors from the starting blocks to the finish line help to show you how to keep your life “On Track”. Joshua Rivers
Go on-line and order your copy of On Track TODAY.
(If you’d like an autographed copy, reach out to me to discuss details.)
I really don’t remember what sparked this feeling one summer day, but I remember somehow feeling like I was being treated unfairly by my parents. (This seems pretty crazy to me now that I’m a parent to two teenagers, and I have incredible respect for my parents today.) Instead of working it out with my parents, I decided to run away.
I didn’t pack up my belongings or say good-bye. I didn’t leave a letter explaining my departure. I simply walked (or ran) out of the yard and down the street. I walked out of the neighborhood and turned towards the busy road at the edge of town. I kept walking and walking and walking. Eventually, I found myself walking the long way back home.
I wish I could remember all the crazy thoughts that went through my head during my two or three hours as a runaway. I wish I could remember my homecoming. I can only assume my parents knew I would come back home.
We run away from home for many reasons and through a variety of methods. We run away from a painful past. We run away from conflict. We run away from fear. We run away by filling our schedules with all kinds of activities in hopes to keep us distracted from the reality we don’t want to face. We run away through escapes of drugs, alcohol, television, food, and pornography. And we run away severing ties with family and friends – the people we need the most.
Despite the tendency to run away, we are called back home.
Home is where we are welcomed back just as we are with open arms.
I am in search of track & field coaches and cross-country coaches who would be (or might be) interested in reading my book. On Track: Life Lessons from the Track & Field takes observations from the track and field and uses them to encourage readers to live a life on track.
I believe this book could be valuable for anyone, but I especially think the message will resonate with those close to the track and field. I would love to send a copy of my book to coaches. I’m targeting coaches at Christian high schools and colleges, but I would happily send it to any interested coaches – for FREE!
If you a coach any you are interested in reading my book, leave a message in the comments, so we can connect. If you are not a coach, but you know a coach who would benefit from my book, send me a comment, so we can make it happen. I’d love to send my book to 50 coaches before the end of the year. I’m hoping you can help make this happen.
Last night, my brother tagged me in a Facebook post. Here’s what he had to say:
Ok so I gotta improve my running in general, but especially before Tough Mudder next month. To this point running has been little more than an afterthought to my workout regimen.
Distance runners (looking at you Jon Stolpe): Any suggestions for making improvements in distance running? I’m mostly looking for endurance/stamina and general motivation rather than pace. Any ideas welcome – workout ideas, exercises, mental exercises…
Have never been a strong runner and not expecting miracles, but I want to be able to say I did my best.
His Facebook post go me thinking. There are probably other people who would like to find ways to start running long distance. While steroids and other performance enhancing products might help a little, I wouldn’t recommend these (especially based on the impact of steroids we’re seeing in NFL and MLB players who used PEDs, etc.)
So how can someone who has done little distance training make improvements to become better distance runners? In today’s post, I’ll help you identify several keys to become a stronger distance runner. This advice is primarily geared to people who haven’t done any major distance running for a while, but it could also apply to someone who is simply stuck in a rut with their distance running.
When I was younger, I hated distance running. It just didn’t seem to be fun. In fact, it seemed a little boring. This changed several years ago when I started following the steps above. Now, I look forward to going for a long run. Utilizing these nine ideas and adding a little initial persistence, you will be off and running in your pursuit of improving your distance running.
It has been a while since I featured a video blog post. Today seemed like a good time to bring it back. I share some thoughts following my morning run.
It’s true. We don’t take time to shut off the noise in our lives, yet this is such an important discipline. It’s important to practice the discipline of quietness, solitude, and listening.
I hope you’ll be encouraged today to take time to turn off the radio, take off the headphones, put down the lid on the laptop, and listen to the quiet.
When I was in high school, I ran cross country and track for a couple of seasons. Running was not fun for me back then. I ran to hang out with my friends. I did not run to set any records. I never imagined that I would like running, and I certainly never imagined that I would run a marathon (or three marathons).
Maybe you are like me. You are starting to run longer distances. Your friends are starting to encourage you to run a longer race. Maybe you are even starting to like running for the first time in your life.
Maybe you are thinking about running your first marathon. If this is you, here are some things for you to know:
Whether you are a runner or not, I’d encourage you to check out my book, On Track – Life Lessons from the Track & Field. You might learn a little bit about running, and you will definitely learn something about keeping your life On Track.
The last few days, I’ve been dealing with soreness and tightness in my right leg. I think I may have overdone it a bit on a quick run with my daughter on Sunday. As the soreness begins to subside, I am reminded that I need to keep stretching. Stretching is essential to maintaining flexibility and to recovering more quickly following strenuous activity.
A friend from work heard about my tightness, and he send me over some stretching exercises he has been using for the past year. The exercises can be found on the Runner’s World website by clicking here.
I did these exercises for the first time yesterday morning for the first time following my run. By the evening, I could definitely tell there was a difference. My leg wasn’t as tight as it had been the day before.
It makes me chuckle to realize I’ve been slacking on my stretching following my runs. After all, shouldn’t a guy named Stretch be more diligent in his post run stretching?
Stretching is important for all of us. Obviously, we need to stretch to maintain our flexibility. We also need to stretch ourselves to keep growing and developing into the people we are called to be. With this in mind, here are some suggestions for ways you can stretch yourself this week:
This morning, I’ll be out running again. When I finish my run, I’ll stretch again. When this is over, I’ll be finding ways to keep stretching myself throughout the day. How about you?
Yesterday, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Matt McWilliams over at his site. I’d greatly appreciate it if you headed over to his site to listen to the interview. Also leave a comment to join the conversation and for a chance to win a copy of On Track.
Click here to head over.
Today starting at 8AM (Eastern Time), the Kindle version of On Track – Life Lessons from the Track & Field is being at a reduced price for a limited time. The deal will not last long, so you want to act fast. Here’s the scoop.
Starting at 8AM today (5/20/2014), the Kindle book is available for $0.99.
On Thursday (5/22/2014), the Kindle price will go up to $1.99.
On Saturday (5/24/2014), the Kindle price will go up to $2.99.
And on Monday (5/26/2014), the Kindle price will go back to the regular price of $3.97.
Spread the word to your family and friends. Help others get a copy of On Track for Kindle at a reduced rate. Let’s see if we can help others get “On Track!”
Here’s what J.C. Sheridan had to say about On Track: “Jon gives a fun and encouraging read that relates running to issues we face. Each chapter as questions at the end which gives the reader a chance for personal reflection. This book is worth the read and can be used by an individual or small group.” (as reviewed on Amazon.com)
I listen to the Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast every day with John Lee Dumas. In each episode, John interviews entrepreneurs from around the world. He asks them a series of questions to inspire listeners and to help them take the next steps on their entrepreneurial journey. One of the questions, John always asks his guests is “Have you had an ‘I Made It Moment’ that you can share with Fire Nation?” (Fire Nation is the phrase he uses to describe his listening community.)
The answers to this question always intrigue me. Some of the answers are pretty amazing, and many of the answers are quite simple.
Last week, I kind of had my own “I Made It Moment” at my son’s middle school band concert.
If you’ve been reading along recently, you know I recently released my first book: On Track – Life Lessons from the Track & Field. It’s been a fun adventure so far. After three weeks, I think it’s safe to say that this book project won’t be making me rich anytime soon. But it’s okay. I’m still extremely happy with the outcome of my first published book.
I haven’t set any major book selling records, but I’ve sold a few copies of the book in paperback and Kindle formats.
On Wednesday night last week before the concert started, I was catching up with a few of the parents sitting around us when one of the parents turned to me with a copy of my book in his hands, and he asked me if I would sign his copy of this book. This was quite an honor for me.
As a kid, I was a big baseball fan (and sports fan in general). I collected baseball cards. I read the sports page of the daily newspaper line by line every day. I watched sports on television and in person whenever I had the opportunity. And I even collected a few autographs of baseball players. I remember going to a Phillies-Cardinals double-header with a man from my church. We went to the game early, so we could watch batting practice. During warm-ups for the first game, I went down to the edge of the field and was able to get a few autographs from some of the players. This was quite an experience for a young fan.
I never imagined that I would be the one giving my autograph someday. I guess that changed last week when Rick Hansen asked for my autograph.
(Later that night, I had another request to sign four copies of the book.)
Did I really make it?
I know I have a long way to go as an author and writer, but this small moment was a reminder that I am an author. I made it!
Now, it’s time to keep going. I have more things to do – more blog posts to write – more books to author – and more moments to create.
On Track – Life Lessons from the Track & Field is now available on Amazon in paperback and for Kindle. Click the link below to get your copy today.
As a reminder, I am offering a FREE pdf copy of the interior of the book to subscribers of The Stretched Newsletter. Head over to the main page of the blog and sign up on the right hand menu bar to get your copy today for FREE!