Running to the limits of human -endurance.
For those who are not content to run merely 26.2 miles, there is ultramarathoning. Some of the biggest ultras are 50 or 100 miles long, races in which people run all day, through the night and on into the next day. What makes them tick? What thoughts go through their minds at mile 93? How is the pain different from that of a marathon? How can you train for such a colossal undertaking? All these questions are answered in 35 interviews with ultramarathoners. Ultramarathoning is the logical next step for those who burn with a desire to achieve and explore their limits. Every kind of ultra runner is included here, and this book will be an indispensable volume for anyone dreaming of running long.
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About the Author
Neal Jamison is the editor of Running Through the Wall (Breakaway Books, 2003), and has written for Adventure Sports Magazine, Trail Runner, and Runner's World.
Table of Contents
Foreword Don Allison
Introduction Neal Jamison
Feeling Blessed at the Kettle Moraine 100 Bob Metzger
Confessions of a Happy Ultra Mommy Sophie Speidel Van Trouble at the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run Tim Morgan
Blisters and Bliss at the Rocky Racoon 100-Mile Trail Run Byron and Joy Chikinda
Running Because of My Father Mike Strzelecki
Running With Woofie Anthony Humpage
Digging Deep in the Texas Rain Tracy Baldyga
Living the Rock and Roll (and Running) Lifestyle Michael Dimkich
A Family Affair Lisa Demoney
The Toughest 100-Miler East of the Rockies Ed Demoney Massanutten
Mountain Trails 100 Miler: A Triumph of Desire over Reason Keith Knipling
Reverse Psychology at the Western States 100 Scott Mills
Ultrarunning's Last Great Race Stan Jensen
Going Nowhere Fast on Fatal Terrain at the 2000 Barkley Marathons Blake Wood
Running Book to Book at Barkley David Horton
Magical Moments in New England's White Mountains Steve Pero
Love and Marriage at Hardrock Deb Pero
Finding Self Confidence at the Arkansas Traveller 100 Francesca Conte
From Head Injuries to Hardrock Marc Witkes
Mother's Day at Massanutten Harry Bruell
Give Me a Mountain Race Any Day! Greg Loomis
Iron Will at the Laurel Highlands Ultra 70 Mile Trail Race Russell Gill
Running With Mom at the Wasatch Front 100 Catra Corbett
Second Place, For Now Clark T.W.
Zealand Miles of Mentoring at Massanutten Bethany Hunter Growing Up at Western States Ann Trason
Fire, Ice, and Competition at the 1995 Western States 100 Tim Twietmeyer
A Sunrise (or Two) Worth Falling For Ian Torrence
Running in Circles at Olander Park Kevin Setnes
Adventures in Ultrarunning Ian Adamson
Tai Chi and Noodles at the Hong Kong Trailwalker 100km Montrail Women The Ultimate Ultra-Running Adventure Jürgen Ankenbrand
Hardrock Dreaming Sue Johnston
The Mountains Win Again, and Again Will Brown
Running on Sacred Ground Jason Hodde
A Dream Fulfilled Rebekah Trittipoe
The Last 100 Suzi Cope
His Heart Is Still In It Gene Thibeault
Joel's Story Robert B. Boeder
The Finish Line Neal Jamison
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
I've run a couple marathons and have toyed with the idea of tackling an ultradistance race. This book is both inspiring and somewhat instructional as it seems that all ultrarunners suffer from the same issues! My only complaint is that, like many collections, it did get a little redundant at times.
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.
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.