50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days -- and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance!

50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days -- and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance!

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Overview

Dean Karnazes has run 350 continuous miles through three sleepless nights, ordered pizza during long runs, and inspired fans the world over with his adventures. So what does a guy like this do when he wants to face the ultimate test of endurance? He runs 50 marathons in 50 states— in 50 consecutive days.

With little more than a road map and a caravan packed with fellow runners and a dedicated crew, Dean set off on a tour that took him through a volcanic canyon in Maui in high humidity and 88-degree heat; to an elevation gain of almost 4,000 feet at the Tecumseh Trail Marathon in Bloomington, Indiana; to a severed moose leg found alongside an Anchorage, Alaska trail that compelled him to sprint for safety.

Now in this heart-pounding book, Dean reveals how he pulled off this unfathomable feat with a determination that defied all physical limitations. But Dean goes beyond the story of the Endurance 50 marathons to share his invaluable secrets and advice for athletes of all levels. These are the tips that kept Dean going during the 1,310 miles he covered and 160,000 calories he burned while averaging sub-four-hour marathons and often sleeping fewer than four hours each night. Learn how to:

· Recover more quickly

· Adapt to extreme conditions

· Prevent muscle cramps and overheating

· Pace yourself when you "hit the wall"

· Stay motivated

Packed with practical advice and including training regimens, 50/50 will inspire you no matter what your fitness goal is, whether it's simply walking around the block, running a 10K, or completing yet another Ironman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446581844
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/12/2009
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,212,008
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dean Karnazes has been called the "Quintessential Ultramarathoner" by Outside magazine. Winner of the 2004 Badwater Marathon in Death Valley, and recipient of the ESPN ESPY Award as the "Best Outdoor Athlete" of 2006, he is the author of the New York Times bestseller Ultramarathon Man. Dean lives with his wife and two children in San Francisco. His website is www.ultramarathonman.com.

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50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days - And How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance! 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karnazes ran 50 marathons in 50 days. 50/50 details his experiences and lessons learned. Karnazes writes in a conversational style. He includes lists of information and anecdotes in little boxes throughout the book. He gives tips on whether or not to listen to music, how to treat blisters, nutrition, and so much more. This is not just a how-to book. This is a pleasure to read. Whether you are a runner who runs a few minutes on the tread mill every day, a runner who enjoys a 5-k, or a marathon runner, you will like this book. Read it for pleasure, but keep it for a reference tool.
JeffV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In 2006, ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes realized a goal that had been simmering in his mind for a number of years: to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. Originally conceived as an epic family excursion, the realities of pulling it off amidst other family member's obligations made it seem unlikely to ever bear out. When outdoor outfitter The North Face stepped up with a sponsorship offer, suddenly the unlikely was not only possible, but would have the resources needed to pull it off.50/50 not only contains anecdotes from the more than 7 week journey, but also is loaded with tips useful for runners of all abilities. Most of us will never have Karnazes' freakish ability to run all day, then do it again the next, and again the day after...etc. Dean was both inspiring and inspired by the people he encountered along the way -- countless individuals who planned to run for just a half and wound up keeping pace to go far beyond what they thought possible. Karnazes rents himself out as a motivational speaker, and while he questions the dubious effect one can have on another if the passion is not already there, he does have a flair for tapping into deep-seated ambition and bringing it to the surface where it can do some good.Dean Karnases is my exact age, so I am definitely not over-the-hill when it comes to setting new athletic milestones. Running a full marathon has been kicking around the back of my brain, kept there by the simple fact I do not love running like Karnazes does. As far as challenges go, however, it is an attainable one: I've run many half-marathons and occasionally train beyond that distance. The next step I suppose to just sign up and do it. And next year, I think I will.
realbigcat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dean Karnazes is an inspiration to runners and non-runners alike. This book chronicles his amazing adventure of running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days in a row. Any serious marathon runner would be happy to run 50 marathons in a lifetime. Dean describes his adventures at every race stop all the trials the good, the bad and the ugly. In addition he mixes in a wealth of training advice, running tips and motivational inspiration all along the way. Obviously running 50 marathons takes more than incredible endurance which Dean has but also you need a little luck and great support from family and friends as well. You will be inspired by reading this book. Dean is a down-to-earth, blue-collar, genuine nice-guy and that becomes readily apparent. What do you do after you run 50 marathons in a row. That's a surprise ending that I win't give away.
csayban on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ok, this is most certainly the longest book title of any book I have ever read. To start with, I have read Dean's first book - Ultramarathon Man - a couple of times now. I have enjoyed the rereads of that book and I'm pretty sure the same will be true of this book. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Dean and his running quest, in 2006 Dean attempted to cover a marathon in each of the 50 states on 50 consecutive days culminating at the New York City Marathon. This book brings to life the highs and lows of the journey, including the logistical issues, physical hurdles and emotional struggles that he and his crew endured over nearly two months. But far from being a 'look at me' story, 50/50 spends much of the time detailing what any person can do to improve themselves and reach their athletic goals, no matter what they might be. Dean's writing style is both powerful and inspirational, yet also conversational. It seems like he is sitting in your livingroom having a conversation. I've actually met Dean, and I can tell you that he is just that way in person. In this book, he spends time describing his approaches to diet, fitness, equipment, race strategy and many other aspects of marathon running. Perhaps most importantly, Dean shares his philosophy and provides many quotes that are inspirational to all of us. For instance, this passage really stuck in my mind: "Awakenings are always terrifying, as they force you to realize that yourpast has been lived in confinement. The most disturbing part is when yourecognize that the shackles holding you down are largely ones you have placedupon yourself. the prison is self-constructed. 'We are all living in cages withthe door wide open,' George Lucas once said.It is so easy to live a life that has been scripted for you by others, tofall into the mire of conformity by following a path that society has laidbefore you, rather than heeding your own unique calling. Comfort, complacency,routine, the path of least resistance, the easy road - these things are the baneof humankind. It is a disquieting moment when you awaken to realize thattrappings of conventionality have created a life for you that is entirelydifferent from the one you wish to live"Without a doubt, if you get a chance to read this book, do it. Whenever you are feeling unable to meet the battles that life throws at you or can't motivate yourself to continue training, this book will serve as the wake-up call to get outside and keep moving - whether you are running or living. I highly recommend it for anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting concept and a great book for a different read on running and inspiration to keep you running.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dean begins by saying he is a very ordinary guy, but obviously there is nothing ordinary about him. I know how bad I feel after finishing one marathon; I can't begin to imagine doing it 50 days in a row, while traveling hundred of miles a day by bus, with very little sleep. And his finishing times were amazing, with the last one being his fastest of the fifty, 3 hrs! He is a physical marvel,though most people would probably consider him a nut case! A great read for runners, esp those into marathons and ultras.
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I love it
groberts1980 More than 1 year ago
This is a good book, but not nearly as good as his first book, Ultra-marathon Man. This outing is basically a day by day account of his 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days adventure he went on. It does include some good tips for runners and marathoners, but the book gets repetitive pretty quick. It is almost written in a journal fashion, with seemingly random tips strewn throughout the book. A decent read if you're a big Karnazes fan, but not a must-read by any means. If you haven't read anything by Karnazes yet, definitely pick up Ultra-marathon Man first.
Clarko More than 1 year ago
If you like to run, and if you like to run long, it's a fabulous book. Great sugestions on how to be prepared for long runs. He admits when his thoughts are debateable. The guy is for real.
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