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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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A review for a book like this is in some ways hard to write. You're supposed to be somewhat analytical when instead you feel emotional. I'm sad to be done reading this book. Over the few months I felt like I've gotten to know this person and now that's its over, I bummed.
A comparison between this book and one by Dean Karnazes is interesting. Both authors are really great at what they do and both are extremely tough. But Pam has warts and frailties and she struggles with stupid ( human ) things. In that way I can much more readily identify with her much more than Dean.
What bothered me most was the overall flat affect she conveys in her writing. She seems very disconnected from her emotions, which may make her a fantastic athlete, but makes for poor self-expression. The vitality and energy of Dean Karnazes's books was missing. I read until the end, but wasn't swept along with her story. And her description of her relationship with her husband bothered me - as did his editorial comments that he's "helped her with every aspect of her career." Maybe he should write his own book!
Overall, a decent read. I'll be passing my copy on to a girlfriend who's a huge marathoner. I think she'll really like it.
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