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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (November 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595465234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595465231
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,835,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott Ludwig lives with his wife Cindy and does the majority of his runs in Peachtree City, Georgia, where he?s accumulated most of his more than 105,000 lifetime miles.

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I know that, and I talk about that in the book.
Scott Ludwig
He and his friends are very successful runners who go to crazy excess in their obsessional love of running.
Seabiscuit
Oh, yeah, in between all that running, he also found time to write and publish a book.
Robert T. Dalton

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. Dalton on January 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Many years ago, Scott set three distinct running goals for himself: run 100 marathons; run 1000 races; and run 100,000 miles. As of the fall of 2007, Scott had completed 136 marathons, 686 races, and 110,000+ miles. "Two outta three ain't bad." Especially considering it's only a matter of time until he completes 1000 races.

But there's more to it than just the statistics above. Scott has also completed the Western States 100 Miler (after two attempts), and even more impressive, he completed the granddaddy ultramarathon of them all, the 135 mile Badwater Ultramarathon from Death Valley to Mount Whitney (held annually in July, no less!). He has extended his running streak to over 29 years running consecutively every day for over 10,000 days. In 2001 he founded the Darkside Running Club dedicated to ultramarathon runners and began publishing their newsletter, "Tales from the Darkside," the following year. In 2002 the club hosted its first annual Peachtree City 50K, an ongoing certified ultramarathon.

Oh, yeah, in between all that running, he also found time to write and publish a book. All this and much, much more is covered in his tome entitled, Running Through My Mind: Confessions of an Every Day Runner. From the mundane to the outrageous, Scott covers in detail how he got started in running after some false starts at other sports through his current status as one of the best known ultramarathoners in the U.S. Injected with a lethal dose of humor owing to his wry outlook on life, Scott does his literary hero and role model, Lewis Grizzard, proud. Scott includes his whole family in on the act so to speak, including his dog Magic, as each one gets to comment on the influence Scott's running has had on their lives and vice versa.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Stanley on January 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was recommended this book and I thought, "Great, ANOTHER running book. I hate books about running. They're all the same. Run more, eat better, try this, try that."
But I was about to drive down to Disney for a marathon, and thought at the very least I could flip through it in the car, and maybe get a couple one liners of inspiration.
Boy was I wrong.
I read the first half on the way down, and the second half on the way back.
If you can appreciate dry humor and benevolent sarcasm then this book is a real treat.
Scott Ludwig is that guy in line behind you at the supermarket, who strikes up a conversation, and just talks to you. He doesn't brag, he doesn't preach, he doesn't coach, he doesn't teach. He just talks. In this case he was talking to me.
Everything everyone has said is true. Take it to heart. This man is an incredible runner, a humorous writer, and an interesting story teller.
Treat yourself, and let him talk to you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Albert E. Barker on December 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
April 17th, 1978 was a very special day for me. I still remember it as though it were yesterday. My heart was bursting with pride as I crossed the finish line of my first Boston Marathon! I was on top of the world!

Little did I know that, on that day, there was a guy living in Gainesville, Florida with a 38" waist and weighing 194lbs who would eventually become one of my best friends and would finish ahead of me in every one of the 100 plus races that we have run together over the years! That person, of course, is Scott Ludwig. The unbelievable story of his 30 year running life is the subject of this book.

Scott has two gifts. One is a perseverance that has enabled him to run every single day for almost 30 years, and the other is an amazing talent for writing. His "Lewis Grizzard" style makes for a wonderful read that is hard to put down. Some of his stories will bring tears to your eyes and some will make you fall out of your chair with laughter. And the scary thing is- they're all true!

-Al Barker
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Snapp on December 12, 2007
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I've read more books about running than I should have, and this is by far The Best, not only because it's so Enjoyable, but also because it's so Informative, and so Inspirational! (And, occasionally, a wee-bit Wackadoo!)... Somewhere, I read comments about it, which made me suspect that the reviewer had never read the entire book. ... There was a question of "Why so many numbers!?" I've had the pleasure of running with Scott only twice in my 33-year running career. However, we've exchanged more than a couple messages, so I feel I know a bit about him. ... I believe that the numbers are there partly because he wants to leave a Legacy to his sons, and their sons. And, partly to show what was behind his arrival at his current level, so readers can (rightfully) think, "Well, if Scott can do That, then maybe I can do Something Very Special, Also! And, finally, partly to leave a History Of His Often-Challenging Often-Hilarious Running-Life. (He lost both of his parents the same year the book was published, and that made him very aware of the importance of History). ... So, overall, I give it FIVE THUMBS UP! (Hey, I confessed I was a Runner, so don't expect me to know the number of thumbs I own!) ... PLEASE, ENJOY!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David F. Cameron on March 28, 2009
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Ludwig's book is an excellent read into the insight of someone who uses running as a defining part of his life; but not quite a full obsession. As a dedicated runner, with 40,000 miles on his legs, sometimes, I like to read stories of other runners who enjoy running not only as exercise but as an activity that clears the mind and provides a sense of enjoyment an freedom. Ludwig does that. He's far more into running than I am, yet provides a good read and a solid motivation. My only negative is that Ludwig isn't all that positive on trail running, preferring the road. I prefer getting out on the trails and into nature.

The biggest strengths are his streak of 30 years of running every day combined with essentially running 10+ miles every day. He manages to throw in a number of amusing anecdotes, keeping it fresh.
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