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I am Paul, a Rhode Islander who is going to run a 5k and raise money for a charity in all 50 states. Come join me on my journey. I will talk about races and charities, as well as talk about life in Rhode Island. There will also be interviews with race directors, charities, other people in the health and fitness community, as well as local Rhode Island businesses.

Aug 21, 2022

On this episode of Journey of the Rhode Runner, Paul is joined by the author of All the Way Strong, Celeste Joan. As Paul heads toward a career in writing, he found Celeste's YouTube/AuthorTube channel, He discovered that Celeste was releasing her debut novel, and it centers around a cross country and track runner. This is a great book to pick up now as we head into cross-country season. Paul cannot recommend this well-written book highly enough!

Paul and Celeste have a great conversation about both writing and running.

Here is a description of All the Way Strong:

I can’t go back. I can’t change things. I can’t let them see my pain.

Rain, wind, heat, or snow, high school junior Olivia Bennett is used to running no matter the circumstance. Even when the pain in her knee causes her to slow down, she still competes against herself every cross-country meet. That’s what she trained herself to do.

Until one day, the pain is too unbearable to hide from her coach. Forced to stop running until she’s cleared by a doctor, one visit with her primary care physician quickly turns into multiple visits to the hospital. When a devastating diagnosis is reached, the idea of running again slips from her grasp.

While deciding whether to fight for her past or embrace an uncertain future, Olivia does her best to focus on normal life, hoping she won’t lose more of herself along the way.

And check out this great book trailer:

Now enjoy the episode!

You can get All the Way Strong on Amazon and you can get a signed copy from Celeste's web site.

Celeste can be found on:
Instagram - @authorcelestejoan
TikTok - @authorcelestejoan
And her web site is

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