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Despite his considerable athleticism, "Karno" argues that the first half of any race is run with one's body, and the second half with the mind. Without delving into excessively touchy-feely territory, he explores "the possibilities of self" as he completes an ultra-marathon in 120-degree heat in Death Valley, and later the first-ever marathon at the South Pole. It's an odd combination: a California surfer dude contemplating how, as Socrates said, "Suffering leads to wisdom." But Karnazes's self-motivation is utterly intriguing, and it's impossible to read this memoir without wanting to go out and run a marathon yourself.--Erica Jorgensen
This is an inspiring book and it is also well written and easy to read.
Dean Karnazes has repeatedly pushed his body beyond limits that most of us would consider impossible, and in so doing shows us what we are capable of.
What I liked most about the book is how this guy keeps trying, even when things seemed so bad.
Amazing what one can do to/with the human body. Inspiring to be along for his first Western States and the 200 miler.Published 11 days ago by 3340 Kindle
I heard Dean Karnazes speak on the Spartan Cruise and was thoroughly entertained, and ordered the book as soon as we had internet service again. The book reads just like he speaks. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Read this after reading Eat & Run by Scott Jurek. This was a great second pretty different experience from another passionate runner! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linn
I like this book! I really do. It's quite inspiring in fact. I read the 1-star reviews before writing this review and I must say, some are true to a certain extent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Running Beaver
Personal accounts by Dean are interesting,
A bit over the top for most, but true to its title: a confessional. Read more
Dean Karnazes has a writing style that's authentic. Page by page you'll smile, cringe and laugh. You will want to run, move and be healthier. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Premium7
Excellent! Easy read. Very inspirational. A must read for any runner.Published 3 months ago by A. Crandall
Very good book. A lot of running books make it sound easy...Dean Karnazes lets you feel the actual pain of running ultra distance.Published 3 months ago by Ms F