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Running through My Mind: Confessions of an Every Day Runner Paperback – November 16, 2007

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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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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: 1.7 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: #3,153,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I just read the 2-star review about my alleged 'ultra ego.' To be quite honest, I documented a lot of statistics more as a historical reference point for generations to come--including my two sons and at this time one grandson. I won't be around forever, but I wanted to make sure I had a 'place in history,' whether the reader finds it significant or less-than-significant. Personally, I'm proud of what I've done. In hindsight, I wish I had placed all of the statistics in an appendix at the end of the book. However, I was trying to beat a self-imposed deadline by finishing the book before I lost my parents (they always wanted me to write a book). In a tragic twist of fate, the book was published the day I had to tell my mother (who had been in and out of a coma for three weeks) that my father--her husband had passed away a couple weeks earlier. One week later my mother passed. Ironically, I received the author copy of my first book in the mail the day of my parents' joint funeral. I spoke at the ceremony, and the book was buried with my mother. Sure, I would have liked to have more time to proof read the manuscript a few more times, but I knew time was running out.

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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