Running With Walt by Shawn Tegtmeier

Don’t stop yourself before you start!


Think you’re not ready? Scared to take the next step? Think you just flat out can’t?

I’m here to tell you that you can. Follow me as I pushed my limits and learned more about myself and what I’m capable of. If this former couch potato can do it, you can too!

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Running With Walt



How does a woman go from thinking a breakfast of champions is a half a pack of cigarettes and a pot of black coffee to running 2 or 3 marathons and an ultra-marathon in a year?

When Shawn was 36, she had a shocking realization that she smelled like a dirty ashtray and was always fighting with her scale. In Running with Walt, Shawn candidly shares how she battled quitting smoking (it’s the hardest thing she has ever done), and slowly started walking.

Enter Walt, another parent on her sons’ travel soccer team. Walt was passionate about running and loved to talk about it. One morning, Shawn opted to try running. She made it a half a block before collapsing, wheezing for breath. But she kept going, getting a little further every day. As her love for running grew, she went back to school to learn more about exercise.

Shawn & Walt

Follow Shawn as she runs her first 5K, finishes her first classes, and keeps pushing her limits, while learning more about herself and what she is capable of.

What are you capable of? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you ready to learn something new about yourself?

  • Afraid you won’t be good enough?

  • Do you think you’re too old, or too out of shape?

This story is for anyone who has been afraid to try. Anyone who has doubted themselves. Anyone who thinks their dreams can’t be reality. Follow Shawn’s journey and discover a very important message: Don’t stop yourself before you start.

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Running With Walt by Shawn Tegtmeier

About the Author

Shawn Tegtmeier

Shawn lives in Crystal Lake with her husband Gary and their two shelter rescue dogs, Roxy and Dexter. She has two grown sons, Alex and Matt who are two of her favorite people on earth as well as two of her biggest supporters. She trains a variety of clients full time and in her spare time she and her hubby go to Wrigley field as often as possible to see their beloved Cubs. She also enjoys running with her dogs, spending time with her family, hanging with her friends and volunteering for different events in her community. She is currently at work on her second book.

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Praise for
Running With Walt


Shawn Is such an authentic voice in a world of white noise.  Running with Walt is a real and raw look at the learning curve of trusting yourself enough to become who you were born to be. Shawn’s ability to lay it all out there… the fear, the drive and the triumph of finding yourself… it’s incredible. It’s like an evening with your friends… tears, belly laughs and fist pumps. A must read for those looking for the battle cry for their inner winner.

Mary Margaret Maule
Now I understand why Shawn exudes happiness and has atomic level energy. Her story is one of real life self-discovery. The realization of self has allowed Shawn to serve others with joy. There is meaning and message in this story for everyone, enjoy the run.
Janet Lenz


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