Ultramarathon Man : Confessions of an All-Night Runner (Paperback) - Karnazes, Dean

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Makes you want to run an Ultra Marathon

by Antonio on 9/27/2006

Great mind candy for a long distance runner. Dean's writing style is very easy to follow, great insight on what an ultra runner goes through. As a runner of over a dozen marathons I've never even thought of running an ultra...until reading this book. Dean really makes you think that an experience such as an ultra can really change ones life. The only cons of the book are that he has a bit of Forrest Gump syndrome, i.e. every word uttered and every step taken in his life seems to have been poetic and with purpose, but a great read for a runner nonetheless. Since the publishing of this book Dean has gone on to tackle even more incredible running challenges and if he decides to write about those experiences I will be the first in line to buy his next book. Definitely worth a read. Read More

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Motivation with a capital M

by Kristen on 12/26/2006

Love this look at elite running... you will be out for a run again by the end of the first chapter. Read More

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"Ultra Marathon Man" is Dean Karnazes' 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.


Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9781585424801
SKU 31247697
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1585424803
Release Date 3/16/2006
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.75H x 5L x 0.75T
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Annotation 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.
Editors Note 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.
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0295
Publisher Jeremy P. Tarcher

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