Ultramarathon Man

Ultramarathon Man

Confessions of An All-night Runner

Book - 2005
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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.

There are those of us whose idea of the ultimate physical challenge is the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon. And then there is Dean Karnazes. Karnazes has run 226.2 miles nonstop; he has completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultramara-thon across Death Valley National Park-considered the world's toughest footrace-in 130-degree weather; and he is the only person to complete a marathon to the South Pole in running shoes (and probably the only person to eat an entire pizza and a whole cheesecake while running).

Karnazes is an ultramarathoner: a member of a small, elite, hard-core group of extreme athletes who race 50 miles, 100 miles, and longer. They can run forty-eight hours and more without sleep, barely pausing for food or water or even to use the bathroom. They can scale mountains, in brutally hot or cold weather, pushing their bodies, minds, and spirits well past what seems humanly possible.

Ultramarathon Man is Dean Karnazes's story: the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada. Karnazes captures the euphoria and out-of-body highs of these adventures.

With an insight and candor rarely seen in sports memoirs, he also reveals how he merges the solitary, manic, self-absorbed life of hard-core ultrarunning with a full-time job, a wife, and two children, and how running has made him who he is today: a man with an überjock's body, a teenager's energy, and a champion's wisdom.

Publisher: New York : J.P. Tarcher/Penguin, c2005.
ISBN: 9781585422784
Characteristics: 280 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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May 07, 2015

This is about Dean Karanzes who might be one of a kind. He is performing at great level in multiple disciplines for decades now. For most of us, the thought about running 100 mile is mind blowing. This book inspires people to do above and beyond that with extreme determination and hard work. He is an intelligent human being who is disciplined, works extremely hard, values his family, funny and thinks outside the box. He is very successful in many areas: corporate job, endurance sports, writing, endurance ambassador and great at marketing. And all these qualities reflect in this book.

Aug 01, 2013

If you've not taken the time to read this, do so. It's an incredible journey from a very positive figure. Dean's not about saying how wonderful and gifted he is, he's about encouraging people to follow their dreams, and realize you can do a great deal more than you believed.

I've now ran 2 ultras, the longest being 50miles and I attribute it to Dean's book showing me I can do more than struggle through a 1/2 marathon. I'll read this again I liked it so much.

Apr 17, 2012

Taking into account all the criticisms I've read about Dean Karnazes (which I won't get into since they've already been expounded upon by others at great length) I still loved this book. Years ago, I remember a friend recommending this book to me, well before I even finished my first 10K. I responded "there's no way I could ever do an Ultra." To which she quickly retorted, "Nonsense. Of course you can."

After reading this book, I know that I can. Not only that, I actually want to. Maybe not the 100 or 200 miles that Dean has, but I feel encouraged to constantly improve and not be so quick to dismiss any goal as being unattainable. Any book that can make you feel that way, faults aside, has some serious merit.

Mar 21, 2011

Read this years ago. An incredible runner to weekend joggers like me. Still can't imagine how anyone could eat a whole pizza while running. Yes, he is not the fastest by far but tops in endurance. Weird man!

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