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And Then the Vulture Eats You: True Tales About Ultramarathons and Those Who Run Them Paperback – September 6, 2011

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John L. Parker is the author of the NY Times bestseller "Once a Runner" and its sequel "Again to Carthage" (Breakaway Books 2008).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books; Reprint edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189136992X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891369926
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're reading this, you're probably a runner. Maybe you like getting out in nature. Maybe it's your break from the kids, from work, your alternative to therapy. Maybe you're a road racer. Maybe you ran in high school or college and it's as deep a habit as brushing your teeth. Or maybe you just jog, as one of my friend says, so you can eat cheese and drink beer and not feel guilty about it.

But ultramarathons? Despite the growth of oddball and novelty running events (relays, mud races, and so forth), ultras are still the genuine lunatic fringe. So what would the 99% of runners have to gain from reading this book? The same thing that all of us gain when we push ourselves in sport: self-knowledge.

The editor, John L. Parker, Jr., put it well in the introduction: "What manner of beast lurks in the sweaty ethers out there beyond the 26.2 mile post? What manner of rare enkephalin does your brain secrete in reward or dismay? And now that we've had any number of great-grandmoms happily finish marathons, where, finally, are the real limits to what the human animal can persuade itself to endure on foot?"

(As a closing pitch, for anyone who is just getting into motivational running literature, Parker is the author of Once a Runner--perhaps the best running book ever--as well as its almost-as-good sequel Again to Carthage. So I had confidence that an author who'd achieved such pinnacles of insight about this strange sport would collect some worthwhile material here, and boy did he! The eight pieces in the collection cover a range of personal to bizarre to inhuman-sounding events, but what ties them together is serious observations, and moments of humor, about running.
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This is a collection of recollection. We all have our own inner monologue while running and during those long miles we can really get far out there. This brings that to the page and more. The only down point is the title story. It is very disappointing, considering the quality we have come to expect from the author.
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I loved the way the stories are so very personal describing the thoughts, feelings, and pain associated with long-distance running.
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Stepping up to ultra-running can be daunting at times but after reading these stories you come to realise the joy awaiting you in the miles ahead. I recommend this more than other "How to" books for anyone who runs far. You'll be amazed and inspired.
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My daughter was just getting into long distance running and a co-worker suggested this book. She loved it. The title alone makes you want to pick it up and read it.
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