50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days -- and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance!

50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days -- and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance!

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by Dean Karnazes
     
 

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Dean Karnazes has run 350 continuous miles through three sleepless nights, ordered pizza during long runs, and inspired fans the world over with his adventures. So what does a guy like this do when he wants to face the ultimate test of endurance? He runs 50 marathons in 50 states— in 50 consecutive days.

With little more than a road map and a caravan packed

Overview

Dean Karnazes has run 350 continuous miles through three sleepless nights, ordered pizza during long runs, and inspired fans the world over with his adventures. So what does a guy like this do when he wants to face the ultimate test of endurance? He runs 50 marathons in 50 states— in 50 consecutive days.

With little more than a road map and a caravan packed with fellow runners and a dedicated crew, Dean set off on a tour that took him through a volcanic canyon in Maui in high humidity and 88-degree heat; to an elevation gain of almost 4,000 feet at the Tecumseh Trail Marathon in Bloomington, Indiana; to a severed moose leg found alongside an Anchorage, Alaska trail that compelled him to sprint for safety.

Now in this heart-pounding book, Dean reveals how he pulled off this unfathomable feat with a determination that defied all physical limitations. But Dean goes beyond the story of the Endurance 50 marathons to share his invaluable secrets and advice for athletes of all levels. These are the tips that kept Dean going during the 1,310 miles he covered and 160,000 calories he burned while averaging sub-four-hour marathons and often sleeping fewer than four hours each night. Learn how to:

· Recover more quickly

· Adapt to extreme conditions

· Prevent muscle cramps and overheating

· Pace yourself when you "hit the wall"

· Stay motivated

Packed with practical advice and including training regimens, 50/50 will inspire you no matter what your fitness goal is, whether it's simply walking around the block, running a 10K, or completing yet another Ironman.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"His new book appeals to a potentially broader audience [than his last]. It is packed with practical advice, from how to avoid getting sick during a race, to what to look for in shoes. Included are marathon-training plans for beginners and veterans." -Orange County Register"

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of 50/50, though, is that rare peek into the mindset and motivation of an extreme athlete... and wondering, along with him, what's next." -Bookpage

Library Journal

This is a great abridgment of New York Times best-selling author Karnazes's (Ultramarathon Man) 2008 Wellness Central title that chronicled the unbelievable North Face Endurance 50 of 2006, wherein 50 marathons take place in 50 different states on 50 consecutive days. "Karno," as the author calls himself, is a likable, enthusiastic reader with a naturally strong voice. Exercisers of all kinds, especially runners and ultradistance athletes, will enjoy this title immensely, particularly the running tips interspersed into the narrative and the additional information on PDF (e.g., on fuel and gear recommendations). Heartily recommended for health and wellness collections and for medium and large public libraries. [Includes a conversation with the author; audio clip available through hachettebookgroupusa.com.-Ed.]
—Douglas C. Lord

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446581844
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
08/12/2009
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
593,597
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Dean Karnazes has been called the "Quintessential Ultramarathoner" by Outside magazine. Winner of the 2004 Badwater Marathon in Death Valley, and recipient of the ESPN ESPY Award as the "Best Outdoor Athlete" of 2006, he is the author of the New York Times bestseller Ultramarathon Man. Dean lives with his wife and two children in San Francisco. His website is www.ultramarathonman.com.

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50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days - And How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance! 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karnazes ran 50 marathons in 50 days. 50/50 details his experiences and lessons learned. Karnazes writes in a conversational style. He includes lists of information and anecdotes in little boxes throughout the book. He gives tips on whether or not to listen to music, how to treat blisters, nutrition, and so much more. This is not just a how-to book. This is a pleasure to read. Whether you are a runner who runs a few minutes on the tread mill every day, a runner who enjoys a 5-k, or a marathon runner, you will like this book. Read it for pleasure, but keep it for a reference tool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting concept and a great book for a different read on running and inspiration to keep you running.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dean begins by saying he is a very ordinary guy, but obviously there is nothing ordinary about him. I know how bad I feel after finishing one marathon; I can't begin to imagine doing it 50 days in a row, while traveling hundred of miles a day by bus, with very little sleep. And his finishing times were amazing, with the last one being his fastest of the fifty, 3 hrs! He is a physical marvel,though most people would probably consider him a nut case! A great read for runners, esp those into marathons and ultras.
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I love it
groberts1980 More than 1 year ago
This is a good book, but not nearly as good as his first book, Ultra-marathon Man. This outing is basically a day by day account of his 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days adventure he went on. It does include some good tips for runners and marathoners, but the book gets repetitive pretty quick. It is almost written in a journal fashion, with seemingly random tips strewn throughout the book. A decent read if you're a big Karnazes fan, but not a must-read by any means. If you haven't read anything by Karnazes yet, definitely pick up Ultra-marathon Man first.
Clarko More than 1 year ago
If you like to run, and if you like to run long, it's a fabulous book. Great sugestions on how to be prepared for long runs. He admits when his thoughts are debateable. The guy is for real.
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