Beth Probst

Thanks for stopping by! 2020 will be many things to many people. But for me, it’ll be the year that I finally self-published my first book. It is a labor of love all about a sport I hate… running. Yep. I hate the physical act of running but man do I love being a runner. In It Could be Worse: A girlfriend’s guide for runners who detest running I share some personal wins and losses (many, many, losses) from the road and all of the insecurities that come with finishing in the back of the pack. The book is now available  at Solstice Outdoors in Ashland and Honest Dog Books in Bayfield, Redberry Books in Cable, Zenith Bookstore in Duluth, MN and Drury Lane in Grand Marais, MN. If you are not a local and want to buy a copy, you can purchase a copy here.

Did I mention I’m a plus-size runner in my 40s just trying to figure out this whole combination of motherhood, professional, wife, caretaker… like so many others out there I’m just trying to figure out how to stay upright. In 2011 (pre-motherhood), I decided to take up running on a dare. My hard-core running friends talk about that runner’s high… yep, still waiting for it. But, I channeled my inner Sisu (which you’ll hear about a lot in this book) and crossed the finish line. And like Forest Gump, decided to just keep running. Is it easy? Nope. Is it worth it? To be determined. But something keeps pushing me back to the open road. When I figure out what that is, I’ll let you know.

It Could Be Worse by Beth ProbstIn the meantime, I’ve found multiple ways to stay motivated and to feel worthy enough to show-up at the starting line. It is all part of my quest to be ok with just being ok (aka borderline mediocre) at something. In remembering not everything in life is perfect. That old adage, it is about progress not perfection. Yep. That’s me and this book in a nutshell. I also recruited some of my favorite running friends to share their wisdom and experiences on the course as well. I genuinely believe you’ll find their stories inspiring.

Still not convinced you should buy the book? Check out my blog in the coming months where I’ll be posting some chapters and excerpts.

Honestly, if you’ve always longed to run a race but don’t believe you are worthy of it… please give my book a try. Afterwards, drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you. I hope to be sharing many more stories in the years to come.

Beth Probst

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