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Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters with the Ultramarathon Paperback – April 1, 2003
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This book is a warm, fascinating, human introduction to the sport of ultramarathoning. You'll find out what it's like for the stars, like Ann Trason and Tim Twietmeyer and Ian Torrence -- and also what it's like for average runners who decide to run through The Wall. In ultramarathoning, ordinary people can discover the extraordinary within themselves.
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But most fascinating are the honest remarks by people who fell short, who "failed", and who in the process succeeded in learning something important about themselves. My favorite of all, by Keith Knipling:
"In the process of completely exhausting myself, I connect with an inner part of me ordinarily veiled by the everyday distractions of life. During that short time spent on a trail in the mountains, my life is reduced to its simplest terms. Most ultrarunners are people who find goodness and joy in difficult times, who see beyond the misery to the beauty of nature, and who truly realize the elemental and important aspects of life. Going for a run always clears my head, but running 100 miles distills my soul."
If you've heard of ultrarunning and are curious or if you're looking for a new challenge and want to see what doing ultras is all about then this is a great book for you. It's not a how-to book but then the best way to learn how to do something is to do it - not to read a book about how to do it. These are stories written by ultrarunners of all levels and they really do a great job of getting across what it is like for ordinary people to perform extraordinary feats.
When finishing it, I simply longed for more and wished it had been a 500 pager or more...
What makes this an impressive collection, though, are each individual's sharing of the emotional aspects of preparing for, running and finishing an ultramarathon.
The collection ends with a touching, honest account of an ultramarathoner who perseveres in his final race only to die any untimely death a day later.
The accounts of race winners, finishers, and those who try are a testament that all who stand at the start of an ultra come away winners in one respect or another.
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Thank you and have a healthy day!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book over and over again. It is the most motivating book on running I have ever read. I especially like the stories from non-elites, but this book also features more... Read morePublished 14 months ago by L. Rens
This book has great, inspirational stories about runners, their successes and failures. Why not? It the lows that you learn and growPublished 19 months ago by Rightwing Patriot
This book was written for anyone interested in running an ultra marathon. It really gets you pumped-up about hitting the trails.Published on May 29, 2014 by andrew goodenough
Great collection of stories on how these ultra-runners got their start and their most challenging race. Very entertaining and inspiring!Published on March 28, 2014 by Henry Eyer III
I have not run an ultra yet but have completed a few marathons. This was the 13th book I read about running in the last six months and I did greatly enjoy it. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Sanders
I have made a goal for 2014. I am going to sign up for my first 50 mile race. I know that I may find myself experiencing a variety of emotions and problems though my training and... Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Minnesota Road n Trail