- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ecco (May 7, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060958707
- ISBN-13: 978-0060958701
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 93 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
The author of numerous bestselling and award-winning books, Bernd Heinrich is a professor of biology at the University of Vermont. He divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.
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Top customer reviews
I'd recommend this to anyone interested in endurance or evolution or living by their wits.
I chose this rating because the gratification I experienced reading this book far outweighed the paltry few dollars I spent on it.
The tale flowed nicely. At times, the writing felt awkward but this generally occurred during the science explanations and I can only surmise that the editor might have had a hand in this. I think it was a function of editing because when the author talked of his youth, growing up, and races, the writing was tight and had a good flow.
I am still not sure if this book inspired me though. Why? He might as well as described how he flies as that is about as likely for me to do as run an ultra. I did like his narrative when he focused on his feelings while running and the most fascinating aspect is there is a scientific reason behind `the wall' that most distance runners hit.
The only thing that I could not fathom is that since he resides in the northeast of the U.S.A., he has to run in the winter to maintain his training. How does he run in the cold? For some of us, our lungs collapse down into little raisins when it gets cold and even after attempting it for several weeks, there is no work around. This is something for which I would have liked to have a science based solution.
Lastly, the book explored his many theories on running preparation and diet and provided scientific theories for just about everything he consumed. It was nice to not hear pseudo science but the real deal from this amazing athlete.