Jill Grunenwald

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About Jill Grunenwald: Jill Grunenwald is the author of the blog The Year of the Phoenix and the host of the Kickstarter-funded podcast Running with a Police Escort. Looking to change her lifestyle, she began running in 2012 and since has finished more than two dozen races. She lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio.



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RUNNING WITH A POLICE ESCORT: TALES FROM THE BACK OF THE PACK (2017): In the fall of 2012, quirky and cat-loving Cleveland librarian Jill Grunenwald got an alarming email from her younger sister: her sister was very concerned with Jill's weight and her overall mental and physical health. Having always struggled with her weight, Jill was currently hitting the scales at more than three hundred pounds. Right then, Jill looked in the mirror and decided that she needed to make a life-style change, pronto. She enrolled in Weight Watchers and did something else that she never thought she'd do: Jill started running. And believe it or not, it wasn't that bad. Actually, it was kind of fun.

Three months later, Jill did the previously unthinkable and ran her very first 5k at the Cleveland Metropolitan Zoo. Battling the infamous hills of the course, Jill conquered her fears and finished—but in dead last. Yep, the police were reopening the streets behind her. But Jill didn't let that get her down—because when you run for your health and happiness, your only real competition is yourself.

In "Running with a Police Escort," Jill Grunenwald chronicles the racing adventures that helped her get fit, find happiness, and learn to love running at the back of the pack.

Both heartbreaking and hilarious, "Running with a Police Escor"t is a touching and insightful journey about conquering fears and learning to love yourself, no matter what place you finish in.

This is a must-read for everyone hoping to make a lifestyle change, for runners of all shapes, sizes, and speeds, and for those who have never won a race but still love the sport.

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