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Beyond the Marathon : The Grand Slam of Trail Ultrarunning Paperback – 1996

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About the Author

I began running at age 30 because I didn't like what I saw in the mirror every morning - pudgy jowls. For ten years I was satisfied with a mile or two every day. At age 40 I had to make some changes in my life and as a result picked up my mileage. Running is great therapy for anything that ails you. I began running races and decided to enter a marathon. More marathons followed and after a couple of years I got curious about ultras. Dropped out of my first 50 mile trail race - couldn't believe how hard it was - but liked the people so I came back for more and never stopped. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Old Mountain Press; 1st edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884778151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884778155
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,181,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've always loved books. Ever since I read Hugh Lofting's Dr. Doolittle books in elementary school I couldn't get enough of reading. Adventure, excitement, sex - you name it, I got it from books. I read through high school and continued as an English major at the University of Minnesota. In the Peace Corps in Africa we had a book locker full of classics, history, poetry. That book locker got me through some difficult times. Following the Peace Corps I spent a year in Morocco. Saved again by the British Council Library. Armed with a PhD in history from Michigan State University I began writing books of my own, but they were academic studies. I yearned to tell my own tales of adventure, excitement, and yes, sex. I began with two non-fiction books about long distance trail running, experimenting with description, dialogue, building suspense - the elements of fiction. Finally, I had enough confidence in my imagination and my grasp of the tools I needed to write a novel of my own. With help from an excellent editor I made it. I published my first novel and now a second, but I'm still reading. Still can't get enough of books. I'm on LinkedIn. For more about me go to my Bob Boeder Facebook page or visit my website www.robertboeder.com

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
For someone that is thinking of doing an ultra, you should read this book. It is from the point of view of a middle of the pack runner. Let you know alittle about what you can expect physically and mentallity
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tahoe Diver on January 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book! I like to run and have started dabbling in ultra distances so this book intrigued me when I stumbled onto it via Amazon. I had never heard of the author and thought it would be interesting to read a book about ultras written by someone other than a "superstar" runner. I've read other running books lately and, while they were interesting too, Bob's book was interesting but also refreshing. What I mean is that he's not a super-human athlete, setting one world record after another, with corporate sponsorship, etc. Not to say there's anything wrong with being first in a race, or with sponsorship, or even with being a professional runner (wouldn't that be nice), because these things are important and necessary, especially to continue to bring the sport more mainstream in the US. But if reading those "super-human" books make all things seem "possible", then Bob's book makes ultra distances seem actually doable if you put in the training, heart, etc. I highly recommend this book to anyone whol likes to run long. Bob's first-person accounts of these 100-milers are very interesting and instructive and fun to read as well. His sense of humor comes out many times as well and I laughed several times after reading the jokes and Bob's first realization that he's a "real" trail ultra runner. Enjoy the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zombie Runner on September 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is full of priceless info on all four races in the grandslam note in 1994 The Vermont 100 was not one of the races it was Old Dominion, Western states, Leadville and Wastach. He takes you on a trip with him from training to hotel to prerace and race. A aid station to aid station break down of every race I guess play by play would be a fitting way to say it. I loved the format if you are doing one of these races you would be crazy not to read this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris D. Tomer on January 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
Bob has written an inspiring book. I enjoyed Bob's blend of humor, honesty, and factual information. The story takes readers on a journey teaching us to never quit. This book is not just for ultrarunners; the tale it tells will motivate anyone.
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By Jeffrey A. James on December 6, 2012
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Marathon running, Iron Man competitions, etc., are all manifestations of the continuing interest in long-distance running. Boeder's book captures and conveys all the details of why one would undertake "Grand Slamming", how one prepares for such running, the psychology of the runner, the amazing impact individual terrains have for the running participant, and the thrill of success upon achieving the goal. It is a page turner, a fast-paced (no-pun) read that is inspiring for runner and non-runner alike.
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