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

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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 with fellow runners and a dedicated crew, Dean set off on a tour that took him through a volcanic canyon in Maui in high ...

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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.

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"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

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446581844
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/12/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 333,282
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2008

    ¿Inspiring and Informative¿

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Amazing!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Amazing

    I love it

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Just Okay

    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.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Great read for runners

    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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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Food for inspiration!

    Absolutely amazing! Upon finishing Dean's other book, Ultramarathon Man, I eased into 50/50 seamlessly. Too much on the same subject you ask?? NO WAY! A distance runner for many years, I was only "Ultra curious" until I read both of these books. Somehow, unconsciously, I was bitten by the Ultra bug and I am jumping out of my skin each day to get out there and run.

    Dean's writing (Matt Fitzgerald too) has me only thinking about the next step, not the entire race. I can always take one more step!!! The enthusiasm is contageous....expect to look at running in a completely different way, one that is as effortless as your mind believes!

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    The man is amazing.

    Having run a bunch of marathons myself I was flabergasted by this adventure. I found his narrative of his journey a very intelligent and entertaining read. Reading about the day to day logistics was fascinating. Great read.

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

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    Very Inspiring

    I read Dean's first book, Ultramarathon Man, in about two days. It was one of the most inspiring books that I had ever read. Upon completion, I noticed that Dean had another book out, which of course I had to read. The task of completing 50 marathons in 50 days is amazing in it's own right. The fact that he did it is unimaginable. While the feat in this book is something to behold, the book was a little more difficult to read. There were some good running tips, and some interesting stories about the marathons and the people, but it didn't mold itself into a story the same way Ultramarathon Man did. In no way does this diminish the book, and I highly recommend that you read it. It's always difficult to judge things based on their own merit and not compare to the original. While it might not quite live up to its predecessor, this is still an outstanding read.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    On the very edge of the endurance world

    To start with, I have read Dean's first book - Ultramarathon Man - a couple of times now. I have enjoyed the rereads of that book and I'm pretty sure the same will be true of this book. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Dean and his running quest, in 2006 Dean attempted to cover a marathon in each of the 50 states on 50 consecutive days culminating at the New York City Marathon. This book brings to life the highs and lows of the journey, including the logistical issues, physical hurdles and emotional struggles that he and his crew endured over nearly two months. But far from being a 'look at me' story, 50/50 spends much of the time detailing what any person can do to improve themselves and reach their athletic goals, no matter what they might be. Dean's writing style is both powerful and inspirational, yet also conversational. It seems like he is sitting in your livingroom having a conversation. I've actually met Dean, and I can tell you that he is just that way in person. In this book, he spends time describing his approaches to diet, fitness, equipment, race strategy and many other aspects of marathon running. Perhaps most importantly, Dean shares his philosophy and provides many quotes that are inspirational to all of us. For instance, this passage really stuck in my mind:





    "Awakenings are always terrifying, as they force you to realize that your
    past has been lived in confinement. The most disturbing part is when you
    recognize that the shackles holding you down are largely ones you have placed
    upon yourself. the prison is self-constructed. 'We are all living in cages with
    the door wide open,' George Lucas once said.


    It is so easy to live a life that has been scripted for you by others, to
    fall into the mire of conformity by following a path that society has laid
    before you, rather than heeding your own unique calling. Comfort, complacency,
    routine, the path of least resistance, the easy road - these things are the bane
    of humankind. It is a disquieting moment when you awaken to realize that
    trappings of conventionality have created a life for you that is entirely
    different from the one you wish to live"



    Without a doubt, if you get a chance to read this book, do it. Whenever you are feeling unable to meet the battles that life throws at you or can't motivate yourself to continue training, this book will serve as the wake-up call to get outside and keep moving - whether you are running or living. I highly recommend it for anyone!

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    If you are a runner, this is a must read!

    Even if you are not a distance runner, this is a book of inspiration and insight for runners of all distances. Of course if you are a distance runner, you know Dean Karnazes is THE distance runner. He offers insight into his personal mind, as well as tips and insight into the technical aspects of running in general. I have read both of his books, and highly recommend them both.
    Note: The pen name this is written under is my lovely wife, who is not an insane runner like myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    Super 'Average' book

    Dean Karnazes starts out right on the first page of the Preface that He is just an extremely 'Average guy'. If that is how he defines 'Average' then I don't know what is 'Extraordinary' in his eyes. Like his first book, I read this one all at once and I plan on re-reading it many more times. Dean's writing style is so down to earth and easy to read. Certainly not a book 'just' for runners. There's wisdom in these pages for everyone, whether you're an athlete, a coporate monger, entrepreneur or striving student, you'll find some gem between the covers. Get one copy for yourself and a few gift copies to give away. Dean Karnazes continues to motivate me and my personal endeavors and I'm sure he will do the same for you.

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