Pave It Forward

Pave It Forward

What are you doing with that book you finished reading three books ago? For me it’s sitting on my book shelf almost as a trophy saying “look at the magnificent collection of endurance books I have clearly educated myself with.” Time for a change.

These books should be set free to inspire and motivate others. That’s why I decided to create something called: Pave It Forward. It works just like Pay It Forward: Do a good deed and instead of being rewarded, ask that person to reward it to someone else. I bought and read these books, soaked up the knowledge and want to share it with you, for free. The only catch is, I’d like you to do the same.

Only 1 Rule:

If you win this book, please do a Pave It Forward post with a review of the book and give it away to someone else… who will in turn, do the same thing, and so on, and so on.

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As Good As Gold 

By Kathryn Bertine 

With the 2012 Olympics in London just around the corner, it reminded me about a book I read a few years ago. Kathryb Bertine’s “As Good As Gold.” Have you ever wondered what takes to make it to the Olympics? 

In 2006, prompted by ESPN which she is also a writer for, Katherine embarked on a journey and dream to make it to the 2008 Olympics “—by any means possible.” Share in her experiences as she goes all out to in trying to make it to the Olympics. The cover of the book reads: 1 woman, 9 sports, 10 countries and a 2-year quest to make the Summer Olympics.

It’s a quick, easy, sometimes sad and humorous read that gives you a look into the journey an athlete must go through to make it onto an Olympic team,. Have you ever thought “How does team handball make it into the Olympics?” Well, let Kathryn share with you how intense it can be. 

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London 2012: Here is an article on ESPN W on Kathryn’s 2012 Olympic journey.

Enter to Win!

Required: Please leave a comment on what Olympic sport you think you would be good at.

For an additional entry, send a tweet (with the URL) saying something like: “I entered to win a copy of As Good As Gold through @PavementRunner‘s blog: http://pavementrunner.com/pave-it-forward/” or something more clever. Just be sure to include the URL and tag me. Leave an additional comment saying you did.  —  Hopefully you are already following, if not, now is the perfect time. 

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Winner will be chosen and announced Friday, June 29th at noon (PST).

Good luck everyone.

54 Comments

  1. What a cool book and idea for a giveaway! I think I could be good at Olympic weight lifting…eventually, lol.

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  2. Hmm…the olympic sport I’d be good at would be…Walking. I always loved the Cary Grant movie Walk Don’t Run and I think I’ve got the olympic walk down pat.

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  3. Awesome idea! I was thinking the same thing about all the running books floating around in the blog world… there are a number I want to keep, but some could easily be read once and passed along. Olympic sport- the luge. You just get in and ride, right? How hard could it be? :)

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  4. Tweeted!

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  5. I am not sure what Olympic sport I would be good at – I love watching the running since I am a runner – but I used to love dancing so maybe the gymnastics floor routine!

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  6. Sumo wrestler. Come on, you saw me in that fight club photo!

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  7. This is a really neat thing you’re doing! Love the idea!

    TaeKwon-Do (I’d be going back to my roots from way back when!)

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  8. What a fantastic idea! OLYMPIC SPORT: 100m sprint!

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  9. Great idea! Books are happier when they’re being read.

    Olympic sport I’d be good at? Hmmm…. I think I’d be great at narrating the ice skaters. “Here comes the triple lutz… OH NO! What a disappointment. Sigh”

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  10. What a fabulous idea. Sport I would be good at…or at least have the passion for….kayaking!!! :)

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  11. This is such a fabulous idea! For the longest time, I wanted to be an Olympic swimmer. I had dreams of being the next Brooke Bennett or Dara Torres.

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  12. This is such a great idea! Love it. Hmmm, Olympic sport that I would be good at…does dishwashing or cleaning up toys count?

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  13. I’m just waiting for the IOC to introduce Olympic Reading… Training hard!

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  14. I would be a good swimmer – but like my entire career, not good enough!

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  15. Awesome idea! My Olympic sport would be gymnastics even though I can’t even do a proper cartwheel. A girl can dream, right?

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  16. I hope this is open to the UK? Would be pretty cool to see the book travel the world!
    I think I would be good at the javelin at least I was at school!

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  17. I think i’d be good at getting injured if it was an Olympic sport! The more i train as a triathlete the more i find out how my body isn’t designed to be one!

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  18. I love your idea of paying it forward! & this story sounds outstanding!

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  19. Olympic sport that I would be good at would be … pinning things on Pinterest. If I trained hard I know I could go for the gold.

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  20. As a former volleyball player and coach, I would love to be on the indoor volleyball team or play beach volleyball with Kerri walsh :)

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  21. not entering but just wanted to say i love the idea of pave it forward and sharing a book with others after winning the giveaway! i love doing book swaps and passing along great reads.

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  22. I watch the Olympics like a crazed fan and I always wonder which sport I would try for if I were good enough. I think I’d love to be amazing at gymnastics! And I love this idea of Pave it Forward. I might have to get on board. :)

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  23. Could book-reading be an Olympic sport?

    Given that it’s not I’d love to be an Olympic sprinter… It won’t happen in this lifetime, but I love sprinting more than any other kind of running (and I’m not good at sports that involve hand-eye coordination). ;)

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  24. I think I would be good at Judo!

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  25. What an awesome idea! I think I would be a
    Good cyclist- well I like to think that :)

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  26. I tweeted the giveaway!

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  27. I’m not signing up because I have a stack of books awaiting my attention, but just stopping by to say what an AWESOME idea this is! I love to give away books when I’m finished with them instead of keeping them around to collect dust. Hope the winner Paves it Foward!

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  28. This is a great concept! I’d have to say my Olympic sport would be running. I’m not fast, but I’m a better runner than gymnast, pole vaulter, equestrienne, soccer player, etc.

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  29. What a great idea!

    I think I’d be good at swimming….of course only with more years and hours and hours of practice. :)

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    • Tweeted for the giveaway!

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  30. I love the idea. I was a swimmer in High School. I always dreamed to be a part of the Olympics as a swimmer. So ya….

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  31. Sounds like tons of fun! I used to be a snowboard instructor, so though I would never be “good” at snowboarding in the Olympics, if I could choose my talent, it would be on the halfpipe!

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  32. Ooh, this book looks great!

    I would do volleyball…it’s my favourite thing ever.

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  33. Follow you on Instagram!

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    • Thanks for the follow on IG… unfortunately it doesn’t count as an entry. There are only 2 entries per person (comment and twitter) and you got both! Good luck and happy to follow you back!

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  34. What an awesome idea!! If shopping were an Olympic sport, that’s the one I’d pick. ;) But since the IOC hasn’t quite recognized that one yet, let’s go with running! Marathon or half.. not saying I’d win but I’d do a lot better than if I competed in any other sport!

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  35. I honestly don’t think I would be very good at any of them ;) but if I had to pick I guess it would be the longer distance running. Here I thought softball and baseball were a part of the Olympics…WRONG-O!

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  36. Sounds like a good read. As for the Olympic sport. Hmmm…I’d love to give sprinting a try.

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