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The Extra Mile: One Woman's Personal Journey to Ultrarunning Greatness Paperback – September 18, 2007
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About the Author
PAM REED has twice won the Badwater Ultramarathon, the world's toughest running event. She is the American women's record-holder in the 24-hour run (138.94 miles) and 48-hour run (220 miles). Reed has been featured on 60 Minutes, CNN, and The Late Show with David Letterman, as well as in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Runner's World. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming.
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The beginning is a little bit of a dull read and the reason why I wasn't really enjoying her book. The writing style is very personal and honest, but lacks the polish of a good writer. Add to this that Pam writes about the small stuff in her life that really is not interesting, and is also not why anyone wanted to read her story. What particularly annoyed me in the beginning is that we didn't hear about anything that explained how she became a great runner, or how she started running. Instead she tells us of her childhood fantasies of gymnastics, then that she swam a lot, which moved to Ironmans, and then to Ultramarathons. There wasn't anything that showed how she began to run, for example, her first marathon of half marathon or whatever. The type of background that other runners want to read about, especially from such an accomplished runner as Pam. She does treat generously her battle with anorexia, which is appreciated just for the mere fact that it showed a human side to her and it was able to, in some way, shed some light on a subject and show how she overcame it, or is at least battles it to this day.
What saved this book was that she spent the last half of the book talking about her actual running. Her two Badwater wins, pacing and other aspects of running, her 100 mile races, 300 mile run and so on. Her style of writing also picked up quite well once she actual starting writing about her accomplishments, which was an added bonus that made the story more readable and enjoyable.Read more ›
All people who do ultra events such as ultra running and ultra cycling, approach the world and their lives somewhat differently than those who do not participate. The fact that Pam has a message that is different from the message of other ultra athletes does not render the book valueless. To the contrary, the methods, observations and beliefs of all add to the body of knowledge that is useful to all ultra athletes.
Pam Reed is an accomplished ultra runner. Her results deliver that message emphatically. The obstacles she has overcome and the way she has overcome them is both meaningful and valuable to anyone who aspires to be an ultra athlete or simply to achieve accomplishments in their own endeavors.
The book does not portray arrogance; it does portray accomplishment.
It would be arrogant for Pam Reed to presume to speak for the ultra running community, or for another ultra runner such as Scott Jurek. Pam speaks only for herself in her efforts to explain why and how she has done what she has done.
The fact that she has had successes and failures in her life establishes that she is human. The fact that she has done what no other woman has ever done, and done it twice, establishes her accomplishments as extraordinary.
If the book is read with an open mind, the message can be discovered.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book very interesting and informative as we get a look into both her mind and great history in running.Published 11 months ago by Jesper M. L. C.
I was a newbie runner in 2012, and when I first took it up, I decided to read some memoirs of great runners, for inspiration and information. Read morePublished 14 months ago by StephTheBookworm
I wanted more information more details more secrets... But I'm glad I have her to follow. I need more woman heroes.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
You'd think 26 miles and 385 yards would be enough.
You'd think an event that can take as many as four or five hours -- the time length of a relatively typical marathon... Read more
I just could not enjoy this book. The writing style was boring. I love reading about ultra-runners and this ranks at the bottom of the list. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by J. Elay