Overview

The Badwater ultramarathon through Death Valley in the United States is one of the world's toughest races. Lisa Tamati was the first New Zealand woman to compete in the race alongside such legends of the sport as Dean Karnazes and David Goggins.

But Lisa's story is so much more than that one race. At the age of 19 she suffered a crippling back injury and was told she should give up running. She took that as a challenge and, with her Austrian ...
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Running Hot

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Overview

The Badwater ultramarathon through Death Valley in the United States is one of the world's toughest races. Lisa Tamati was the first New Zealand woman to compete in the race alongside such legends of the sport as Dean Karnazes and David Goggins.

But Lisa's story is so much more than that one race. At the age of 19 she suffered a crippling back injury and was told she should give up running. She took that as a challenge and, with her Austrian boyfriend, went on to run, walk, bike and paddle her way across thousands of kilometres of Europe, Scandinavia and Africa before taking on the ultimate challenge - an unassisted crossing of the Libyan Desert.

What happened in that desert would change the course of Lisa's life and instil in her a love of desert running. Running Hot is a story of a life lived to the max - a story of challenges, setbacks, heartbreaks and triumph.
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"A strong, endearing and very personal account of one woman’s growth into extreme sports athleticism. There are even a few tips for those crazy enough to follow."  —Australian Bookseller & Publisher Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741768930
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 843,699
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lisa Tamati was the first New Zealand woman ever to complete the Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. She discovered her love of ultrarunning while living in Europe and has completed most of the world's toughest endurance races. She now lives in her hometown of New Plymouth where, when she's not training, she works as a jeweller.

Nicola McCloy is an Auckland based author who has written several books including the bestselling Whykickamoocow.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Growing up in Taranaki 9

2 Hitting the Road 18

3 Corsica? Course I can 32

4 Scandinavia by bike 45

5 Life on the Danube 54

6 The rains down in Africa 64

7 Into the desert 76

8 Off the grid in Egypt 80

9 Close encounters of the bear kind 117

10 A quiet life 139

11 Through the desert to a new life 144

12 Sand in my veins 153

13 More Morocco 162

14 Goals and goats 169

15 Socks and shoes 178

16 Cousin Kim, divorce and goat curry 183

17 Coming Home 195

18 Chip butties and pumpkin soup man 201

19 Mad Macca and the Muppets 208

20 Team Tamati gets underway 214

21 Vegas baby! 220

22 Into the Valley of Death 224

23 Burritos and blisters 242

Postscript 249

Acknowledgements 251

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