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Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner
     

Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

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by Dean Karnazes
 

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In one of his most ambitious physical efforts to date, Dean Karnazes attempted to run 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 days to raise awareness of youth obesity and urge Americans of all fitness levels to "take that next step."

"UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons - 50 States - 50 Days", a Journeyfilm documentary, follows Dean’s incredible step-by-step

Overview

In one of his most ambitious physical efforts to date, Dean Karnazes attempted to run 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 days to raise awareness of youth obesity and urge Americans of all fitness levels to "take that next step."

"UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons - 50 States - 50 Days", a Journeyfilm documentary, follows Dean’s incredible step-by-step journey across the country.

Ultrarunning legend Dean Karnazes has run 262 miles-the equivalent of ten marathons-without rest. He has run over mountains, across Death Valley, and to the South Pole-and is probably the first person to eat an entire pizza while running. With an insight, candor, and humor rarely seen in sports memoirs (and written without the aid of a ghostwriter or cowriter), Ultramarathon Man has inspired tens of thousands of people-nonrunners and runners alike-to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and be reminded of "what it feels like to be truly alive," says Sam Fussell, author of Muscle.

Ultramarathon Man answers the questions Karnazes is continually asked:

- Why do you do it?
- How do you do it?
- Are you insane?

And in the new paperback edition, Karnazes answers the two questions he was most asked on his book tour:

- What, exactly, do you eat?
- How do you train to stay in such good shape?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Heart-stopping stuff. The world's #7 biggest sports bestseller."
—The Economist

"Fascinating"
—Sports Illustrated

"Full of euphoric highs. Rusisng with Karnazes [is] like setting up one's easel next to Money or Picasso... His book describes a journey into distance running that is much less about sweat than about the emotional terrain that unfolds at the frontier of endurance."
—The New York Times

"Buzz book."
—People

"[Karnazes'] spirited memoir... can help mere mortals who want to push past their perceived limits or simply jump-start their sedentary lives."
—Chicago Tribune

"There is clearly something Nietzschean in Karnaze's makeup...that whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger.'
—Los Angeles Times

"Iron man Dean Karnazes is no mere mortal."
—Time

"Makes the extraordinary look easy."
—GQ

"An exhibition of unadulterated courage and mental and physical stamina [for] anyone who likes to read about ordinary people doing extraordinary things."
—Boston Globe

"Dean's masochism is a reader's pleasure."
—Publishers Weekly

"The perfect escapist fantasy for couch potatoes and weekend warriors alike."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Passionate"
—San Francisco Chronicle

"Eye-popping."
—Asociated Press

"[Dean is] like a comic book superhero who remains undercover by day, every bit the unremarkable family man."
—The London Daily Telegraph

"A real life Forrest Gump... [Karnazes] has pushed his body to limits that are beyond masochistic. They're inhuman."
—Newsday

"Ultrarunning legend."
—Men's Journal

Publishers Weekly
Many would see running a marathon as the pinnacle of their athletic career; thrill-seeker Karnazes didn't just run a marathon, he ran the first marathon held at the South Pole. The conditions were extreme-"breathing the superchilled air directly [without a mask] could freeze your trachea"-yet he craved more. Also on his r sum : completing the Western States 100-mile endurance run and the Badwater 135-mile ultramarathon through Death Valley (which he won), as well as a 199-mile relay race... with only himself on his team. This running memoir (written without a coauthor) paints the picture of an insanely dedicated-some may say just plain insane-athlete. In high school, Karnazes ran cross-country track, but when his favorite coach retired, he quit the sport. Fifteen years later, on his 30th birthday (in 1992), on the verge of an early midlife crisis, he threw on his old shoes and ran 30 miles on a whim. The invigorating feeling compelled him to pursue the world of ultramarathons (any run longer than 26.2 miles). "Never," Karnazes writes, "are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in." Yet his masochism is a reader's pleasure, and Karnazes's book is intriguing. Casual runners will find inspiration in Karnazes's determination; nonathletes will have the evidence once and for all that runners are indeed a strange breed. Agent, Carole Bidnick. (Mar.) Forecast: A 60 Minutes segment on Karnazes airing in March will generate interest, as will a nine-city author tour, which he will complete by running. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Extreme-endurance athlete Karnazes chronicles his running career. It didn't begin auspiciously. After a single high-school season on the cross-country team, he quit and didn't run again until his 30th birthday. That night, after a drink at the bar, he ran 30 miles from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay-a mere sprint compared to the distances he's covered since then. Karnazes has engaged in athletic contests that test the limits of human endurance: 100-mile runs, back-to-back marathons, treks across Death Valley, and one memorable marathon across the snows of Antarctica. (His competitors used snowshoes; he wore sneakers.) With plain talk and plenty of inspirational quotes, Karnazes tells readers just what it's like to run 20 miles up a mountain side and know that 80 miles remain, how leg muscles feel when cramp strikes, and where the mind wanders when the body is punished so severely. Reading his account of his first 100-Mile Endurance Run, the reader winces as his blisters are lanced, then plugged with Super Glue, and cringes when he takes a wrong turn that adds distance to an already impossibly long trail. Karnazes does a lot of thinking about the reasons he took up such a demanding hobby. He can't say exactly why, though he surmises that it may be linked to the death of his beloved 18-year-old sister Pary in a car accident. He also points to the comfort of having clearly defined goals (races are conceptually simple affairs) and wonders whether he might have obsessive-compulsive disorder. Whatever his reasons, Karnazes has made a life for himself in which he runs thousands of miles a year, sleeps only four hours a night, holds down a day job in business, and almost never misses his son'sballgames. Charming and surprisingly quirky, providing the perfect escapist fantasy for couch potatoes and weekend warriors alike. Author tour

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585424801
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/02/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
216,974
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
18 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Dean Karnazes, who was named one of the Top 10 Ultimate Athletes by Outside magazine, is president of EnergyWell Natural Foods in San Francisco.

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Dyanna27 More than 1 year ago
Dean Karnazes' autobiography chronicling his life as a runner was a great read. The simple language and humor he used to describe his sometimes terrifying experiences as a long distance runner helped captivate me as a reader. This was the first I'd ever read about a person completing Ultra Marathons. I don't generally enjoy books about athletics, but this was a highly recommended read. Not only did I enjoy every page, but I have since purchased this book for family and friends as gifts. Dean is beyond inspirational, he is a super hero. Full disclosure: This book will make you want to run until you can't run anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazingly inspiring. Made this weekend warrior dream about one day completing an ultra. Share the adventure with Dean as he battles the elements, pushing himself further than any human should be able to go. He cas a clear love of nature and family and runs to help others that can't.
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Hard to put down once you start reading it. Very inspiring and motivational. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The gratest book i have ever read. I am a runner my self and it enspired me to find a pation and to go with it. As he said the prsuit of a pation is grater than the pation it self.
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If your planning on running ultra's this is the book for you.
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Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This guy is NUTS, but very inspirational...especially for someone who really wants to be a runner! Funny and fun and a great read! Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down! Dean Karnazes has helped this 50 year old lady to keep pushing herself to see just how far she can go!
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I read this book in two days and enjoyed every bit. Well worth it. I am a casual runner and this inspired me to take my running further and inspired me in general! I will be reading it again soon.
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This was a great book and was impossible to put down until I had read every word.
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