Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters With the Ultramarathon [NOOK Book]

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WHAT’S IT LIKE TO RUN FOR 30, 50, OR 100 MILES?

This book is a great inspiration not only to current ultrarunners, and to marathoners looking for the next challenge—but also to runners of all abilities, who will see that there is nothing you can’t do if you have the desire.

What makes ultrarunners tick? ...
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Overview

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO RUN FOR 30, 50, OR 100 MILES?

This book is a great inspiration not only to current ultrarunners, and to marathoners looking for the next challenge—but also to runners of all abilities, who will see that there is nothing you can’t do if you have the desire.

What makes ultrarunners tick? What goes through their minds at mile 93? How can you train for such a colossal undertaking? These questions and many more are answered in this inspiring collection of 39 personal stories from ultramarathoners.

Ultramarathoning is the logical next step for those who burn with a desire to explore their limits, and beyond. It is impossible to run ultra distances without coming away with at least one fascinating story. This book is full of them. There are stories of fatigue, blisters, nausea, and despair. But the ultrarunner prevails to find hope, love, healing, self-discovery, friendship, selflessness, and in the end, for most, triumph. Learn what it feels like to run an ultra from the champions, the newcomers, and the veterans of the sport.

~~~ “I left Edinburg witnessing my second sunrise on this run. Most ultrarunners dread dawn—the hours from 4:00 to 6:00 a.m.—primarily because this is when fatigue sets in.” —Keith Knipling ~~~ “It would be hours before we’d see the first aid station, and probably close to two days before we’d have dry feet again!” —Deb Pero ~~~ “I’m 95 miles into a 100-miler, it’s over 100 degrees out, my legs are shot, I’m a few scant minutes ahead of Ann and Gabriel, and my pacer is stopped dead in the trail for fear of a skunk?” —Tim Twietmeyer ~~~ “Ultrarunning is without question the most feared aspect of adventure racing.” —Ian Adamson ~~~ “The urge to quit right there was overwhelming, but I was still in the race. Perhaps a miracle would happen and I could get in under the four hours it would take to make the next cutoff. I thanked the aid station captain and plunged into the darkness.” —Will Brown ~~~ “It was time to put all the viable excuses aside and look inside.” —Tracy Baldyga ~~~ “I think I quit about 20 times during the race, mostly between the time the sun went down and the time that I finally walked away. Reality sets in when it gets dark. The trail gets lonely.” —Jason Hodde ~~~ “During every race you are faced with a moment of truth, a point in the race when you either quit or persevere to the end. Every person who finishes an ultramarathon has accomplished a great feat, simply because they finished.” —Bethany Hunter ~~~
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Editorial Reviews

Thomas Bubendorfer
"I found it almost impossible to put this book down. The elite racer’s account of a famous win at Western States is just as fascinating as the failed attempt at the same distance by a different runner, who later questioned his decision to quit (and probably still does). This should be required reading for anyone who thinks about running more than 26.2 miles, but even runners who feel at home at much shorter distances should find this a very pleasurable read."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013439207
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books
  • Publication date: 11/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 217,503
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Neal Jamison is an ultrarunner and writer who lives in Roanoke, Virginia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2003

    Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters with the Ultramarathon

    A runner friend turned me onto this book. I've yet to run my first marathon, but as I've learned from these stories, that is the first step. I plan to run my first marathon next year, then onto ultras, I'm sure. This book is inspiring, motivating, and educational.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    Great for ALL runners

    This collection of stories is great for all runners, and even non-runners. It's interesting to see where these runners get their motivation: from the death of a loved one, or the desire to lose weight, or their love for another runner, or simply the drive to compete.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters with the Ultramarathon

    This book is a collection of 39 stories from ultrarunners. Not just the big names and fast runners, but a few first timers and plodders as well. This book has been a great source of inspiration to me. It has helped me become a smarter ultrarunner.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    Average book

    The Book has inconsistent writing styles and some articles read better than others. Overall, theme appears to be more inspirational than any helpful advice for runners seeking to learn about improving their performance for an Ultra. Happy I own it, but this book does not stand out as a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Fun read!

    Most of the stories are fun (the Vaseline eating runner), and some are motivational. It's definitely worth the time, but be forewarned--most of the stories are written by amateurs so the quality of the writing is below average.

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