Melanie Carvell is a gifted athlete who grew up in a small town in southwestern North Dakota in the 1970s. This beautiful memoir tells the story of Melanie’s remarkable journey, from the agricultural village of Mott (population 732) to world duathlon and triathlon competitions, then a notable career as a physical therapist, director of the Sanford Women’s Health Center in Bismarck, North Dakota, and a widely sought-after motivational speaker.
Melanie learned to run on the northern Great Plains where the winters are long and harsh and the wind tests the human spirit. She attributes her national and international success to her agrarian roots and the challenge of biking, running, and swimming in one of the most formidable landscapes of America. Her motivational philosophy is, “If I can do these things, given the modesty of my upbringing and the harshness of the Dakota climate, so can you.” Running with the Antelope" inspires readers to begin a program of athletic training, weight loss, or general self-improvement.
Written in a humble and accessible style, with loving anecdotes about her life as a top athlete and her work as a physical therapist, Running with the Antelope is part self-help book, part prairie memoir, and part song of love to North Dakota.
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With a forward by Clay S. Jenkinson, Running with the Antelope is a magical portrait of why North Dakota is the perfect place to train for triathlons and other athletic competitions, and an inspiring account of Melanie's life. This is a book that will get you out onto the trails, in rain, wind, snow and those 35 perfect North Dakota days; it will make you want to eat healthier, live with more vitality, get your body into shape, work more productively, and cherish the beauty of the Great Plains.