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Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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“Dean is not an athlete of clichés but a man who deeply inhabits his life as a runner. He does that with a really solid sense of humor and an understanding that life…and running…can be very entertaining!” ―Bill Rodgers, winner of the Boston and New York City marathons
“Iron man Dean Karnazes is no mere mortal.” ―Time
“Running with Karnazes [is] like setting up one's easel next to Monet or Picasso.” ―The New York Times
“The undisputed king of the ultras, who has not only pushed the envelope but blasted it to bits.” ―The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A ‘short' run with Dean could land you far from home.” ―The Washington Post
“The indefatigable man.” ―Esquire
“Ultrarunning legend” ―Men's Journal
“Money and fame aside, Karnazes [is] motivated by a primal need more than anything else.” ―Outside
About the Author
DEAN KARNAZES was named by Time magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Late Show with David Letterman, and the Today show. A New York Times best-selling author, he has written for Reader's Digest, Runner's World and Men's Health. Dean lives with his wife and family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Top Customer Reviews
Dean, what happened? Early on in "Run!" the thought began creeping in my mind that you've started taking yourself far too seriously, and that all of the steps you take in your runs are after nothing but the mighty dollar. This book, at best, is a series of short stories better suited for a free blog as opposed to qualifying it as a full book. Some of the stories are entertaining, but many, and I mean many of them are self-righteous and plain boring. The further I read, the more my letdown turned to anger--Dean, you've lost your way, man! While I'm certain you'll have a fourth effort looming before too long, I encourage you to return to your roots--become an inspirational story teller and avoid trying to make yourself a writer. "Ultramarathonman" worked, "50/50" was just that, and "Run!" simply misses the mark.
I'm willing to give you another shot, Dean, but don't do it for the money, because I'm onto you!
First off, I was expecting what was pitched "26.2 short stories about running." What I got though was 26 snippets - with a few fuller "stories" included - in there about how Dean Karnazes is A) the greatest ultra runner ever, B) how Dean Karnazes thinks he's the greatest adventurer of all time C) and finally about how many other people think Dean Karnazes is great.
Now don't get me wrong, he's quite a guy and most people will never come near his level of superior running, but the 272 of self congratulatory stories, page after page, made me cringe countless times.
One of my favorite traits of this book is his ability to write about how he is "humble," doesn't like the spot light, and doesn't think he's great. But then conveniently, the next line is always some friend, family member, or fan praising his amazing accomplishments.
An additional issue I find in the book is his constant use of "us runners" or "we runners" or "only fellow runners understand" as a gimmick to tie the author closer to the reader. Let's face it, "runners" and what Karno does should not be confused. The weekend warriors that are getting winded doing a 5k don't understand what he goes through, and vice-versa. It's been a long time since he and his "fellow runners" were even on the same planet. He runs at such an extreme - and impressively so - that he shouldn't belittle his achievements by pretending I have any idea what sort of training and focus he has.
What frustrates me most about this book though is at its core, there was a great story to be told. This man has done amazing feats of endurance and running and I want to hear about it.Read more ›
Run! is a quick read and filled with fun stories and a little bit of advice (about life and running). I liked it better than 50/50: and probably a little less than Ultramarathon Man. If you're the least bit fascinated with distance running, xterra, and other related endurance activities this is a nice peak behind the veil from one person's perspective on what drives him and many in this culture.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it! Didn't want to put it down. Or we could say that was me living through his stories!Published 10 days ago by Mindy Jo
So glad I received this book. Dean is great motivation and this book arrived as described!Published 4 months ago by Diz
A hard book to put down.
Loved from the beginning to the end.
5 stars all the way to the 26.2 finish line.
I always love reading about Dean's adventures. He's an inspiration and a lot of funPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like to read his books and his story telling is superb. I just didn't like all the little short stories as much as his other books.Published 11 months ago by Robert Blank
Great stories but the writing style is not so great. Better runner than writer, that's for sure. Still, it's an easy read and motivates to go do your runs!Published 11 months ago by futureglue
Dean makes ultra running sounds so easy and fun. Interesting stories about some of his races which to the mere mortal is mind blowing to understand what the human body is capable... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jacques