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Karl Gruber in Chicken Soup for the Soul

Jun 12, 2019

"As I was blasting through yet another one of my morning 6 mile runs down one of the rugged dirt and gravel roads of rural Hocking County in southeastern Ohio, the thought occurred to me, ‘ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things!’

 It came as no surprise to me that I should think this, as over the years of reading and studying, I had become a student of what I like to call Positive, Possibility, Power Thinking. That and the fact that I wasn’t necessarily an extraordinary runner, but I truly loved to run, especially long distances.

 The brilliant rays of summer sunshine resonated perfectly with the vapor that hangs low over open country fields in the early morning, as I continued running. I was feeling vibrantly alive, running strong, and then the thought hit me – ‘I know, I’ll run 52 marathons in 52 weeks to raise money and awareness for leukemia!’

  The statement looped over and over in my mind as I finished the rest of my run, and I knew, I absolutely knew I could do it!"

  - Karl Gruber, an excerpt from his story in the new Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good book.