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Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man

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There are those of us whose idea of the ultimate physical challenge is the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon. And then there is Dean Karnazes. Karnazes has run 226.2 miles nonstop; he has completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultramara-thon across Death Valley National Park-considered the world's toughest footrace-in 130-degree weather; and he is the only person to complete a marathon to the South Pole in running shoes (and probably the only person to eat an entire pizza and a whole cheesecake while running).

Karnazes is an ultramarathoner: a member of a small, elite, hard-core group of extreme athletes who race 50 miles, 100 miles, and longer. They can run forty-eight hours and more without sleep, barely pausing for food or water or even to use the bathroom. They can scale mountains, in brutally hot or cold weather, pushing their bodies, minds, and spirits well past what seems humanly possible.

Ultramarathon Man is Dean Karnazes's story: the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada. Karnazes captures the euphoria and out-of-body highs of these adventures.

With an insight and candor rarely seen in sports memoirs, he also reveals how he merges the solitary, manic, self-absorbed life of hard-core ultrarunning with a full-time job, a wife, and two children, and how running has made him who he is today: a man with an überjock's body, a teenager's energy, and a champion's wisdom.


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4.0

Inspirational!

By TNrunnergal

from Chattanooga, TN

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Pros

  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Relevant

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    Best Uses

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    Comments about Books and Calendars Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man:

    I got this as a gift before my first marathon and am so glad I have read it. Dean's writing style is not my favorite, but reading his story is a true inspiration and should be on the reading list for every longer-distance runner.

     
    5.0

    Inspiring book!

    By Mark

    from Chattanooga, TN

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

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      Comments about Books and Calendars Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man:

      This is a great book, and it's easy to see why it was a bestseller for so long. Dean's story is inspiring without being offputting or intimidating. He's not a guy with a giant ego, he's just a regular person who has a family, a successful business, and happens to have acquired an extreme addiction to running. He's articulate and engaging, and he'll make you want to lace up the old running shoes!

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