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About the Author

As a young man, Ray Zahab almost lost himself to excessive drinking and smoking. Then on New Year's Day of the year 2000, he caught a glimpse of where his partying would lead him and decided to turn his life around. Running for My Life is his brave and bold autobiography.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Idiomatic (January 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897178441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897178447
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,847,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having read `Running through the wall', `Feet in the Clouds' and `Ultra Marathon man', I searched Amazon for another running book and came across this one; `Running for my life' by Ray Zahab. Like the other books it was very difficult to put this down. The first thing which should be noted before buying this book is that it is not a pure running book as he didn't take up running till later in his life. Meaning that the first half the book focuses on his horse riding and bad habits. While the second half the book is about his astonishing running adventures. So it really should be called `Running for half my life and riding for the other half', just kidding. But don't let the riding part put you off as by telling the whole story it makes his running achievements seem even grander and shows how he always has this inner drive to do his best.

From the books I have read the obvious comparison would be to Dean Karnases who along many others for example Scott Jurek and Pam Reed have set many benchmarks within ultra running. I would definitely put Ray Zahab in the same bracket as these characters. This book takes you through his early encounters with ultra running from the Yukon Artic ultra to multi stage races from the Jungle marathon in Brazil to his many outings in the Dessert of Africa.

Although Ray has done remarkably well in many of the races he has completed in. You get the sense that running in theses races are more to him than simply doing well. It is about experiencing the different cultures, raising awareness and simply being in awe of the beautiful world we live in. With every turn of the page Ray's enthusiasm for running and for life will just leap out at you.
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Ray Zahab's Running for My Life serves as a great reminder to all runners of the power of our sport to change the direction of our lives. Zahab's honest account of his destructive relationship with alcohol and cigarettes is refreshing, and the change in his life as a whole when he takes up running is inspirational. I really enjoyed the descriptive nature of the various ultra events in which he participated, as well as the impact they had on his life in general. A fantastic read - it left me wanting more.
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Interesting story and quick easy read. Lots of errors and poor editing. I felt he could have expanded his storytelling of running through the Sahara but that was the shortest section of the book.
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I enjoyed reading this book, finding it had its own way to keep the reader interested in its balance! Really enjoyed reading Ray's insight on the Badwater race. Go Ray Go!!
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Ray Zahab's Running for My Life will inspire readers to dream big and take action. It's an extraordinary tale of perseverance to push past one's limits and discover purpose. Ray's story is at once mythic yet relatable -- he has achieved superhuman feats of endurance but chooses to also share his shortfalls, anguish and challenges in a deeply intimate way. The reader is drawn to Ray and roots for him throughout. I recommend Running for My Life to weekend warriors, aspiring adventurers, and those who love a great adventure story. Ray Zahab is an ultramarathon legend and this book sheds light on his generous and enduring spirit.
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