Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-night Runner

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Penguin, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 295 pages
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In one of his most ambitious physical efforts to date, Dean Karnazes attempted to run 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 days to raise awareness of youth obesity and urge Americans of all fitness levels to "take that next step."

"UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons - 50 States - 50 Days", a Journeyfilm documentary, follows Dean's incredible step-by-step journey across the country.

Ultrarunning legend Dean Karnazes has run 262 miles-the equivalent of ten marathons-without rest. He has run over mountains, across Death Valley, and to the South Pole-and is probably the first person to eat an entire pizza while running. With an insight, candor, and humor rarely seen in sports memoirs (and written without the aid of a ghostwriter or cowriter), Ultramarathon Man has inspired tens of thousands of people-nonrunners and runners alike-to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and be reminded of "what it feels like to be truly alive," says Sam Fussell, author of Muscle.

Ultramarathon Man answers the questions Karnazes is continually asked:

- Why do you do it?
- How do you do it?
- Are you insane?

And in the new paperback edition, Karnazes answers the two questions he was most asked on his book tour:

- What, exactly, do you eat?
- How do you train to stay in such good shape?

 

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User Review  - thebradking - LibraryThing

I may have to go back and give this book another read. The first time I read it - after Born to Run - I was annoyed by the memoir because it didn't offer any substantial detail about WHY. Instead, the ... Read full review

Ultra Marathon Man

User Review  - chrisvr - Overstock.com

I purchased this book as a Christmas gift for my husband who rarely reads. He read it in less than 24 hourscouldnt put it down. He is now loaning it out to all his friends. The book was very inspirational to him and he has been putting more and more miles running since reading it. Read full review

Contents

Part One
1
The Long Road to Santa Cruz
3
The Formative Years
14
Run with Your Heart
24
Run for Your Life
42
The Soiling of the Lexus
66
Leaving Normal
83
Over the Mountains and Through the Woods
89
Part Two
159
Badwater
161
Frozen Stiff
175
The UltraEndurance World
207
The Relay
217
Crossing Over
228
Team Dean
244
Run for the Future
262

King of Pain
103
Into Darkness
124
Forever Changed
144
The Gift of life
272
Epilogue
278
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About the author (2006)

Dean Karnazes, who was named one of the Top 10 Ultimate Athletes by Outside magazine, is president of EnergyWell Natural Foods in San Francisco.

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