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Running through My Mind: Confessions of an Every Day Runner Paperback – November 16, 2007
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
So, using the phrase 'ultra ego' to describe me is far from the truth. Proud of what I've done? Yes. Egotistical? Not in the least. There are many runners all over the world who's numbers, performances, etc. dwarf anything I've ever done, or anything I've even THOUGHT about doing, for that matter.. I know that, and I talk about that in the book.
At least the book wasn't rated as a one-star...
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The author of this book has achieved some amazing accomplishments. He finished 6th at Badwater and came close to finishing Western States (twice - one DNF and one finish after the... Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Scott W. Kummer
The author is a die hard who will motivate you to achieve your best. He and his friends are very successful runners who go to crazy excess in their obsessional love of running.Published on August 5, 2009 by Seabiscuit
While at times amusing and entertaining, the author's primary goal is to remind the reader (over and over) that he has run more miles, marathons, days in a row, etc. Read morePublished on July 7, 2009 by T. Miller
Ludwig writes of what he knows well: RUNNING in all its many forms. He has impressive running credentials: 676 races including 100 marathons and 40 ultra events and 105,000 miles... Read morePublished on July 3, 2009 by John Strumsky
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. Read morePublished on March 28, 2009 by Camerons
This is a very interesting book. I have really enjoyed reading it. Scott has a great since of humor and his story telling is done very well.Published on March 18, 2009 by Andrew