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Fat Man to Green Man: From Unfit to Ultramarathon Kindle Edition

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At times laugh out loud funny, at others quite poignant (the parts where Ira faces the impending loss of a dear friend are especially touching) this book is a fun take on one man's journey to becoming an ultra runner, and finding himself in the process." "Rainey's writing style appears to chime well with his running style; both are laid-back and casual (despite the trail miles required) and there is a gentle humour to the book that lifts it considerably." "It is written in a very readable style, with a gentle, self-deprecating sense of humour which draws you in and makes you want to read page after page without putting it down." Ed Chapman - Ultramarathon runner "Fat Man To Green Man is an intriguing, funny and sometimes poignant account of his long-distance running experience to date and is named for the race that forms the core subject - the Green Man Ultra." Bristol Post "One man's inspirational race to fitness." The Bath Chronicle "The ending? It's not what you will expect, but it will see you re-appraise everything in life you thought was certain. We think you will be inspired and, like us, are certain you may lose a few tears before you reach it." Running Fitness Magazine "It's an inspirational tale of Ira's battle with inner demons and ill health...I felt as if I was right beside him..." Trail Running Magazine "Ira's writing style is insightful and friendly and you get drawn in on the adventure that he embarks on. Suddenly running an ultra seems achievable; you want to be there getting muddy at the Slog and exploring the Green Man route with Bear." So Let's Go Running Magazine "So many things are covered here, the back-to-back training runs, the speed work (I was actually a bit intmidated by how fast he can knock out a 5K), the nutrition and weight loss and dealing with injury and recovery. He discovered that he was not bionic but overall he was very capable of running long distances and recalling the tales very vividly." James Adams - Ultramarathon runner and author of Running and Stuff

About the Author

Ira Rainey has had a number of jobs including stand-up comedian. He now works in IT and is an avid author and Blogger.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6317 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tangent Books (December 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ira Rainey is a delusional optimist who grew up believing he was bionic. Author of Fat Man to Green Man: From Unfit to Ultramarathon, he likes beer and running, and lives on the edge of Bristol with two demanding cats and a very understanding family. He is absolutely not bionic.

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From the headline and descriptions I had the impression that this was a story of a fat, out-of-shape guy who turned into an ultra-marathoner. What the book is about is an experienced runner, with scores of races and a number of marathons under his belt who wants to take it a step farther. He is an active member in his local running club and is reputed enough to be called in as a local running expert for a local BBC piece on a trail running event - what us Yanks would call a mudder.

Still, he is carrying too much weight despite his regular running, so his evolving from marathoner to ultra is in itself an interesting from the human side. More interesting to me was how he organized a group of runners, some experienced and others new, to train to make the races on the day of "The Green Man" -a local race for him and his fellows.

Good for him, good for his fellow runners and an interesting story in and of itself. However, as I said I was a bit disappointed since the story was not one I expected, so the 4 Stars
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As a recovering athlete (traumatic brain injury) who has struggled to regain lost skill, this was immensely moving. After my personal recovery began I gained a lot of weight and still struggle to find the other guy/me. This was perhaps my most compelling read yet in my personal journey. Thank you.
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"It's not about natural ability or luck, it's about hard work and determination." In that one line from the last page, Ira pretty much sums up why running is such a great sport in that it is attainable to just about any human being. This book is good, I mean SERIOUSLY good. Not because it is about some superhuman athlete, but because it is about the ordinary man. Not because it is a literary masterpiece, but because it manages to be inspirational, funny and poignant at almost every page. I literally could not put this down and those who know me will know I am not an avid reader by any stretch. As a lifelong Man Utd fun, but also a lapsed marathon runner looking for inspiration ahead of the Bristol Half marathon this September, I put down the Ferguson autobiography half way through in favour of this book and can honestly say Ira has outdone Sir Alex Ferguson here. This pretty much sums up the key message of the book in my view. Greatness is not measured by fame or the extraordinary, it is how the ordinary man or woman pushes their goals through hard work and determination. So, if you are a lapsed runner, a serious runner, a none runner who doesn't understand, an ultramarathon runner who totally understands, a 5km runner or Marathon runner, or any type of sports person, please be sure to buy this book as you will probably be one of the best books you ever read.
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