Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss

Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss

by Dean Karnazes

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Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss by Dean Karnazes

In his follow-up to the best-selling Ultra-Marathon Man, world-renowned ultra marathoner Dean Karnazes chronicles his unbelievable exploits and explorations in gripping detail; Karnazes runs for days on end without rest, across some of the most exotic and inhospitable places on earth, including the Australian Outback, Antarctica, and the back alleys of New Jersey.

From the downright hilarious to the truly profound, the stories in Run! provide readers with the ultimate escape and offer a rare glimpse into the mindset and motivation of an extreme athlete, one who has, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Not only pushed the envelope but blasted it to bits."

Karnazes addresses pain and perseverance, and he also charts the emotional as he pushes to the edges of human achievement. The tales of the friendships he's cultivated on his many adventures around the world warm the heart, and are sure to captivate and inspire readers whether they run great distances, modest distances, or not at all.

The hardcover edition was met with the enthusiastic support of Karnazes's devoted fan base, and word-of-mouth excitement as well as media coverage from LIVE! with Regis and Kelly brought the book to the attention of scores of new readers. Karnazes's colorful tales of his extreme running adventures are as entertaining as they are innately human, giving the book potential as a perennial paperback favorite.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609613815
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 492,661
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

DEAN KARNAZES was named by Time magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Late Show with David Letterman, and the Today show. A New York Times best-selling author, he has written for Reader's Digest, Runner's World, and Men's Health. Dean lives with his wife and family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Table of Contents

A Run Across America ix

Prerun Stretch xxiii

Warmup xxv

1.0 When All Else Fails, Start Running 1

2.0 Follow Dreams, Not Rules 15

3.0 Are You High? 25

4.0 The Reunion 29

5.0 It Only Hurts When I Run 37

6.0 Running in the Dark-Naked 43

7.0 Passing the Buck 67

8.0 Never Say Never 71

9.0 Seconds Matter 83

10.0 Run for the Hills 91

11.0 Dreadville 101

12.0 Get After It H3

13.0 What's Your Scene? 125

14.0 Living with an Athlete 131

15.0 First Is Best 139

16.0 4 Deserts and Some Badwater 155

17.0 Atacama Aftermath 167

18.0 My Toughest Ultra 175

19.0 Hotter Than Yesterday 179

20.0 Letters to Karno 187

21.0 Sahara Sirens 197

22.0 The Best Race of My Life 205

23.0 SOS 209

24.0 Forty-Eight Hours of Chafing 217

25.0 Shark Bait 237

26.0 Onward and Upward 245

26.2 There Is No Finish Line 255

Cool Down 257

About the Author 259

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Run! 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Mutagen More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I have to say that overall this was an interesting read. It's not some great piece of literature, but it held my interest and I found some of he stories quite fascinating. The book is composed of 26.2 chapters, most of which are stories that for the most part stand alone. Yeah, that's a little gimmicky, but it made for a quick and easy read. I really liked a lot of his experiences with his ultra marathon races. That's what I read the book for, and I was not disappointed. There were other things in there like fan letters he had received, an interview with his kids, and a section written by his wife that really could have been left out of the book. I guess that stuff is for his fans, but putting that on a blog or website would have been more appropriate. The best part, of course, were the stories about his races. He made them personal. And you can really feel the crazy determination that is needed in the sport of ultra marathons. This is for runners and non-runners alike. You don't have to be part of that craziness to enjoy reading about it.
Amanda House More than 1 year ago
An amazing and inspiring book that made me both laugh and cry. Highly recommended to all of those who are trying to live life to the fullest.
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Still very motivational while reading. Dean still comes off a little frat boyish at time (but not so much as in his previous books). Quick read. Good and fun stories. Finished in a day, but nothing really to chew on. Good, but not great.
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I love to run, but love to read about running? Thats literally another story. In his honest and almost simple way dean teaches us sure, about life, but the gem is in how running and all that it encompasses (the relationships he builds, his grace in not winning, his generosity and willingness to share his love of various cultures and societies) makes running not merely a sport but a lifestyle! He teaches us how running so passionately teaches you about life and yourself.
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Gives me all the motivation i need! His love for running is palpable and inspiring.
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Runners who have plantar fasciitis that interferes with their running might also be interested in "The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution."
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I couldn't put this book down. One of the best books I have read in awhile!
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nosirrahm More than 1 year ago
Karno is one special human being.
Erica Hojohn More than 1 year ago
Overall will hold your interest. Dean tells alot of inside stories but doesnt stay in one place to long
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