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Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Dean Karnazes has been called an ultrarunning legend by Mens Journal and one of the sexiest men in sports by Sports Illustrated for Women. Winner of the 2004 Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, he is the author of Ultramarathon Man. A columnist for Mens Health, he lives with his wife and two children in San Francisco.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
Despite his considerable athleticism, "Karno" argues that the first half of any race is run with one's body, and the second half with the mind. Without delving into excessively touchy-feely territory, he explores "the possibilities of self" as he completes an ultra-marathon in 120-degree heat in Death Valley, and later the first-ever marathon at the South Pole. It's an odd combination: a California surfer dude contemplating how, as Socrates said, "Suffering leads to wisdom." But Karnazes's self-motivation is utterly intriguing, and it's impossible to read this memoir without wanting to go out and run a marathon yourself.--Erica Jorgensen --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B001QNVPHW
- Publisher : TarcherPerigee; Reprint edition (March 2, 2006)
- Publication date : March 2, 2006
- Language : English
- File size : 1862 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 308 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #239,844 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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No time for real sleep. What was I going to do?
I grabbed my gear out of my bag and put in a dozen miles running the airport, afterward cleaning myself up like a hobo in the family bathroom, using hand soap and paper towels.
Now it's 11 AM, I finished the book, I slept for 30 minutes or so a few hours ago and I feel like a badass.
Thanks, Dean, for the inspiration.
I enjoyed reading Ultramarathon Man in two long reading periods. The more I read, the more interested I became in the book. If you are looking for a how to training book this is not what you may be looking for. Dean recorded this book largely on the run, so he said in the book, so this is more of a running memoir than the usual training book, but there is a short section at the end of the book where Dean answers a handful of questions people have asked him.
Dean is a good storyteller and the race accounts were interesting and colorful.
The most I have ever run in my life was 3 miles. And that was when I participated in a 3k race.
After reading a 1/3 of the book, around 11pm, I just went out and ran 4 miles.
Two days later, after reading another 1/3 of the book, I went outside and ran 6 miles.
Two days later, after finished the book, I went outside, and like Forest Gump, I ran 12 miles.
At times, I had to walk, and there were a few times when I felt like I was crawling.
The quote from the book, "When you can't run, walk. When you can't walk, crawl" continued to echo in my mind.
The narration is very engaging and I enjoyed reading it.
After this book, I read Born to Run by Chris McDougall. And while I did enjoy that book as well, Chris does take a few shots at Dean Karnazes. And so does Scott Jurek. There seems to be some resentment within the ultra community re: the amount of publicity and recognition that Dean has been receiving. I'm not aware of all that but all I know is that this book in itself, has inspired me to run again and that's all that matters.
Has it made me more interested in running Ultras? Not really, but it makes me appreciate those that do. They are a unique breed of runner with a unique running community. It makes me realize that the sacrifices I make for my own running endeavors are worth the effort because it gets me closer to becoming a better me.
I have run a couple of full marathons previously, (don’t anymore, I trail run and do weight training now.) The impact of the concrete will get to you. I also was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician in the Army for 10 years with several hundred IED’s rendered safe under my belt and his ability to focus and push on allowed me to do the same during deployments. Pushing myself both mentally and physically under tremendous amounts of pressure and stress, not to mention death at any moment. It was very relatable and encouraging to read at that time in my life.
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The strange joy he takes from pain is something I can associate with when it comes to running. "If it doesn't hurt, you aren't doing it right" is something I have always lived by with my racing. He shows he is a man with great heart and love for his family and also complete strangers with his fundraising efforts. A great read that I would thoroughly recommend.
I'm sure some people would love this read but it ended up boring me. I recycled it before I finished it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and its right what some people have said it'll definitely get you out and about for a run.