The Extra Mile: One Woman's Personal Journey to Ultrarunning Greatness [NOOK Book]

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One year after her astonishing victory at the Badwater Ultramarathon, Pam Reed again made distance-running history when she braved the hottest weather in years—135 degrees—to successfully defend her title. How does this 100-pound mother and stepmother of five muster the endurance and courage for the 28-hour climb from the hottest desert floor on Earth to the shadow of the continental United States’ tallest point?

In The Extra Mile we watch this ultramarathon champion seek ...

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The Extra Mile: One Woman's Personal Journey to Ultrarunning Greatness

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Overview

One year after her astonishing victory at the Badwater Ultramarathon, Pam Reed again made distance-running history when she braved the hottest weather in years—135 degrees—to successfully defend her title. How does this 100-pound mother and stepmother of five muster the endurance and courage for the 28-hour climb from the hottest desert floor on Earth to the shadow of the continental United States’ tallest point?

In The Extra Mile we watch this ultramarathon champion seek balance in her life as a wife, mother, athlete, and entrepreneur. With astonishing candor she tells of her 15-year-long battle with anorexia. And she helps us to understand her passion for ultrarunning—to discover how far the human body can be pushed.

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Pam Reed doesn't claim to be superhuman, but the evidence is there: In 2002, this 100-pound athlete won the 135-mile Death Valley "Badwater" ultra-marathon, beating her closest competitor by five hours! In 2003, she set the women's record for the USATF 24-hour track run. Last year, she became the first person to complete a 300-mile run without sleep. But, as this inspiring memoir proves, her athletic accomplishments are only half the story. The Extra Mile recounts Reed's 15-year battle with anorexia, her passion for ultra-running, and her extraordinary resolve to test her body's limits.
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"One of the greatest athletic achievements I have witnessed in 20 years of extreme sports."--Chris Kostman, race director, Badwater Ultramarathon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605297590
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • Publication date: 9/18/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 336,072
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

PAM REED has twice won the Badwater Ultramarathon, the world's toughest running event. She is the American women's record-holder in the 24-hour run (138.94 miles) and 48-hour run (220 miles). Reed has been featured on 60 Minutes, CNN, and The Late Show with David Letterman, as well as in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Runner's World. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming.
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Table of Contents


Foreword   Charlie Engle     vii
Prologue: Boston or Bust     ix
Where I Started
Why Write? Why Run?     3
Where I Come From     9
I Was Olga Korbut     15
My Brain, Part One: A Unique Disorder     21
High School     27
From Michigan to Tucson to Michigan to Tucson to Where?     33
Where I Am
Jim: Seeing Eye-to-Eye and Butting Heads     45
I Don't Want to Be Sick     57
My Brain, Part Two: Of Mice and Me     63
Parenthood     69
The Tucson Marathon     79
Chuck Giles     89
Some Like It Hot: Badwater 1     95
My Crew     109
Badwater Too     119
The Man from Ipanema     125
Running the World, a Day or Two at a Time     129
Runners I Admire     139
I Don't Like to Run Long Distances     145
My Brain, Part Three: I'm in Control     151
You Aren't What You Eat     157
Badwater 3: Really Bad     165
You're Only a Virgin Once     171
Forrest Gump of Picacho Peak: My 300-Miler     181
Badwater 4: Jogger-a-Go-Go     191
Leadvilleand Grand Teton     201
One Day in San Diego     209
Where I'm Going
Goals     219
Desperate Housewife?     223
Friends and Family     231
Where Women Can Win     239
Conclusion: Accomplishments     243
Epilogue: A Week and a Half of Ridiculous     249
Pam Reed's Career Highlights and Records     253
Acknowledgments     255
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Disappointing.

    This book was very rambling and hard-to-follow. I guess the chapters were basically organized by date, but the author's thoughts were meandering and all over the place. The author obviously has a very "hyper" personality and the book was written in the same way, jumping from one thing to the next. I was hoping to get some insight into anorexia, from someone who says she has dealt with it for most of her life. Other than finding out she wanted to look like Olga Korbut, she gave no real insight into her struggles.

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Extra Mile hardly went the extra mile.

    If you are searching for a book about endurance running that is well written, tells any kind of meaningful or engaging story or captures the spirituality of the long distance running experience - this is not it. The book reads like an incredibly boring and mundane journal and provides no inspiration, intellectual stimulation or enlightening insight into a woman who is, without argument, an incredible distance runner. I finished it only because I had bought it and felt compelled to get to the end of it which is how I felt it was written - because someone paid her to write it and she felt compelled to get to the end. Not worth your money or your time. Contrast this book to "Born to Run" and you will see the hundreds of ways it falls short.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Awful

    I had such a hard time finishing this book. It was so poorly written. The topics were never followed through and did not flow at all. I would not recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2006

    Book Content Lacking in 'Extra Mileage'

    I waited in anticipation for several months for Pam's book to be released. She is an inspiration to all women endurance runners who juggle careers, family, and training schedules. I read her book from cover to cover in a few hours, hoping she would provide inspiration through personal glimpses of her reality (thoughts, battles,training motivations, disappointments) but the content seemed impersonal. She seemed to be holding back her innermost feelings-the things that make her 'tick' and the things that make readers into fans. The Anorexia information belonged in a textbook rather than in an autobiography. I hoped she would divulge some of her innermost thoughts, the ones that occupy her mind during lengthy runs, but again, the book remained impersonal. Most of the book's content has already been covered in magazine interviews and website commentaries. I expected Pam to offer us something unique, something that we didn't already know about her. This did not happen. I was untouched, unmotivated and frankly disappointed with Pam's book. As a woman, I wanted this book to be a success, but having read it, I can't help but believe what much of the ultrarunning world already has written about this woman. Dean's 'UltraMarathon Man' was a much better read and his upcoming challenge, '50 Marathons in 50 Days' is much more exciting than Pam's 300 mile accomplishment that attempted to upstage Dean's 262 mile feat.

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