Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America

Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America

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by Marshall Ulrich
     
 

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117 marathons, 52 days, 32 pairs of shoes, 57 years old: A fascinating glimpse inside the mind of an ultramarathon runner and the inspirational saga of his phenomenal journey running across America.

The ultimate endurance athlete, Marshall Ulrich has run more than 100 foot races averaging over 100 miles each, completed 12 expedition-lengthSee more details below

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117 marathons, 52 days, 32 pairs of shoes, 57 years old: A fascinating glimpse inside the mind of an ultramarathon runner and the inspirational saga of his phenomenal journey running across America.

The ultimate endurance athlete, Marshall Ulrich has run more than 100 foot races averaging over 100 miles each, completed 12 expedition-length adventure races, and ascended the Seven Summits - including Mount Everest - all on his first attempt. Yet his run from California to New York- the equivalent of running two marathons and a 10K every day for nearly two months straight - proved to be his most challenging effort yet.

Featured in the recent documentary film, Running America, Ulrich clocked the 3rd fastest transcontinental crossing to date and set new records in multiple divisions. In Running on Empty, he shares the gritty backstory, including brushes with death, run-ins with the police, and the excruciating punishments he endured at the mercy of his maxed-out body. Ulrich also reached back nearly 30 years to when the death of the woman he loved drove him to begin running - and his dawning realization that he felt truly alive only when pushed to the limits.

Filled with mind-blowing stories from the road and his sensational career, Ulrich's memoir imbues an incredible read with a universal message for athletes and nonathletes alike: face the toughest challenges, overcome debilitating setbacks, and find deep fulfillment in something greater than achievement

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“Marshall is The Man. Definitively. His run across America at the age of fifty-seven sealed that distinction forever. He’s living proof that endurance never sleeps, never gets old, never tires. Nothing can stop him, and that gives us all hope, gives us resolve to keep trying.” — Dean Karnazes, acclaimed endurance athlete and bestselling author of Utlramarathon Man

“Marshall and I go way back to the first Eco-Challenge in 1995. An athlete of astonishing grit both then and now, he never fails to push the limits of his sport, no matter what extreme endurance event he’s chosen. Running on Empty tells the story of Marshall’s greatest test: reading it, you get a sense of how tough this man is, but there’s also a bit of Everyman in Marsh. He’s an inspiration to all of us.” — Mark Burnett, Emmy Award-winning producer of Survivor, Eco-Challenge, The Apprentice, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, and others

“Riveting—the man has endured more, experienced more, accomplished more than you can imagine. You have to read it to believe it.” — Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon and editor-at-large, Runner's World

“You can learn from every race, even the ones you read about instead of run yourself. Marshall is a master of mental toughness, an endurance legend, and exactly the kind of example our country needs right now.” — Kara Goucher, American middle- and long-distance runner, Olympian and World Championship medalist

“I’m always secretly envious of guys like Marshall, who run for adventure and cover extreme distances. What goes on inside their heads? How do they keep going, on and on, into the night, for days on end? What do they experience that the rest of us don’t? Running on Empty tells it all, giving a rare glimpse into the world of ultrarunning and into the life of a man who epitomizes his sport’s doctrine of ‘never say quit.’” — Ryan Hall, U.S.A. Olympic marathoner, U.S.A. half-marathon record holder (first U.S. runner in under an hour)

One of America’s greatest living adventurers and an expert without peer in human endurance.” — Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run

“A powerful memoir ... a fine pick for athletes and non-athletes alike.” — Midwest Book Review

“Searing, obsessive honesty ...” — The Sydney Morning Herald

“Marshall Ulrich is nothing but a sincere original, so it’s no surprise that his new 295-page hardcover book about his 2008 record-setting run from San Francisco to New York City (Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss and a Record-Setting Run Across America) is of the same authentic, one-of-a-kind ilk.” — Running Times

Library Journal
In 2008, Ulrich, a record-breaking ultramarathoner, set out to accomplish the ultimate ultrarunning goal: running across the United States. He here tells a story of physical and mental stresses, also including further details of his personal history and successes as a competitive ultramarathoner. He reveals how he used running to distance himself from conflict and his emotions, causing strained relationships with his three children. Through this book, Ulrich describes how the transcontinental run put an incredible strain on his body, causing him to become more dependent and emotionally closer to his current wife. The appendixes include his training, race statistics, diet and nutrition plan, injuries sustained, and gear. Ulrich joins an elite group of transcontinental runners; however, his writing makes tedious and repetitive what should be a fascinating story. Despite these flaws, Ulrich is an inspiring character, and his book is recommended for readers interested enough in the topic to bear with its weaknesses.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101513859
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/14/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
228,028
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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"One of America's greatest living adventurers and an expert without peer in human endurance."
-from the foreword by Christopher McDougal

"Marshall is The Man. Definitively. His run across America at the age of 57 sealed that distinction forever. He's living proof that endurance never sleeps, never gets old, never tires. Nothing can stop him, and that gives us all hope, gives us resolve to keep trying."
-Dean Karnazes, acclaimed endurance athlete and bestselling author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

"Marshall and I go way back to the first Eco-Challenge in 1995. An athlete of astonishing grit both then and now, he never fails to push the limits of his sport, no matter what extreme endurance event he's chosen. Running on Empty tells the story of Marshall's greatest test: reading it, you get a sense of how tough this man is, but there's also a bit of Everyman in Marsh. He's an inspiration to all of us." -Mark Burnett, Emmy-award-winning producer of Survivor, Eco-Challenge, The Apprentice, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader and others

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