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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

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605292796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605292793
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ultramarathonman" hooked me on Dean. While clearly he is not the world's elite ultrarunner, the book motivated people, inspired them to get fit, to challenge their belief in their own capabilities. He wrote in a style that was refreshing, bold, and passionate. "50/50" was a far cry from his first effort, and when I first heard about "Run!" I was hoping for a rebound from what I would refer to as his sophomore slump. I need to premise this by again acknowledging the positives that Dean brought into my life as an individual, but I must give an honest review.

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!
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Perhaps I had higher hopes for this book. Perhaps I was expecting something else, but frankly, I did not like this book.

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.
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By kimeli on March 7, 2011
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Fast read, not as good as Ultra Marathon Man. Seems like there is a lot of padding with short stories, ok read not great.
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I love the tales that are told about running and Dean is at his best when speaking about this life-long passion of his. It is so excellent I could not put it down. I love the different stories listed in the book and each one was more riveting than the next. Many kudos to Dean for another excellent read.
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I really don't understand some of the negatives reviews (here and elsewhere) on Karnazes' "Run!" - the book pretty much delivers on exactly what it says it is: a series of short essays about Karno's experiences and stories running ultradistance events. Some people find him arrogant and cocky but I think this is just one of those "love or hate him" things. He's been smart enough to break out of the ultra sub-culture and go more mainstream... but that's just him love it or hate it.

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.
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This is an inspirational book from start to finish. I needed a boost to restart my running career, and this book did it. The author is a tireless athlete with a heroic attitude. His writing teaches us to live with the courage to break through all limitations. Love this book!
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I could not put this book down. Dean Karnazes, the Ultramarathon Man, rivets the reader's curiosity with life lessons learned from his grueling, character fortifying journey as a ultrarunner. I cannot wait to read one of his first books called The Ultramarathon Man! Incredible mind and incredible book. I would recommend this to the most cynical of critics!
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