||Marathon runner Dean Karnazes, who despite his awesome achievements, insists he's just a "regular guy," writes about his life, emphasizing the joys (and woes) of running, which he sees as a challenge, an escape, a physical pleasure, and a way of exploring parts of the world he would otherwise never know. Karnazes began running as a young child (dashing the mile home from kindergarten) and continued through college, then dropped it--returning to the sport after a dramatic incident that occurred on his 30th birthday. In this frank and funny memoir, he writes about his childhood, his college running, his coaches, and the joys of marriage and parenthood. Throughout, he stresses the satisfaction he gets from pushing himself to the limit, but he doesn't neglect the downsides--pain, blisters, vomiting, blackouts, running in extreme heat and extreme cold. Karnazes's appealing account of his life so far is far from the usual celebrity puff piece. It's the testament of a likable, hard-driving man who loves what he does but who knows how to keep some perspective.
||As an athlete, ultrarunning legend (Men's Journal) Dean Karnazes has run 350 miles without rest and is probably the first person to eat an entire pizza while running. As an author, he has inspired countless couch potatoes to get off the couch, cancel the cable, and start running. In September, Karnazes embarks on his most monumental feat ever, The North Face Endurance 50. Beginning September 17 (at the Lewis & Clark Marathon in St. Charles, Missouri), Dean will run fifty marathons (each marathon is 26.2 miles) in fifty states on fifty consecutive days. The North Face Endurance 50 will culminate with Dean's run in the New York City Marathon on November 5. Visit www.thenorthface.com/theendurance50 for a list of event dates and cities, and to keep tabs on Dean as he gets ready for September. Promotional blow-in cards for this unprecedented run, sure to receive extraordinary media coverage, are inserted in this paperback edition of Ultramarathon Man, which also includes a new epilogue with Dean's diet and training tips.