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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446581844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446581844
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perhaps the most interesting aspect of 50/50, though, is that rare peek into the mindset and motivation of an extreme athlete... and wondering, along with him, what's next." -Bookpage

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Now in paperback, the follow-up to Dean Karnazes's New York Times bestseller Ultramarathon Man - promising the secrets for super endurance from one of the fittest men on the planet.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By MattyC on 22 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read Ultramarathon man a a year or so back and loved it. When this came out I was expecting more of the same but unfortunately something very key had changed...Dean had gained corporate sponsorship.

The book is still a good read but the product placement at times is shameful and I found myself getting more and more annoyed by it as the book went on. One chapter towards the end is devoted almost entirely to the exact make of shoe he wore and how they made it (and how far ahead of thier competitors they are...sigh!). I really like the guy and think what he's achieved is phenomenal but it's a real shame that he's now clearly under the thumb of a large corporate sponsor.

Still, like I say, an interesting read and an incredible feat of human endurance. 3/5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lock on 26 Sept. 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner, so when I heard he was writing another book about his Endurance 50 Challenge I couldn't wait. Karnazes account of his experience running 50 marathons in 50 states has some very good information in it.

The book follows Karnazes from state to state with a marathon every day. He offers some gems of knowledge on various aspects, such as eating, hydration, recovery, pacing, conditions and on and on.

What was amazing was to find in the appendix a doctor's evaluation of Karnazes' health from running all 50 marathons, and came to the basic conclusion that running that many all in a row had no adverse effects and that he indeed seemed to be getting stronger as each marathon went on. In fact his last of the 50 marathons in New York was his fastest, coming in at a little bit after 3 hours!

I would say this book is much more geared to a runner, unlike his first. One thing that is very obvious is that Dean has packed in his day job and is now sponsored by TNF - as there product placements in the book. I wouldn't say that it takes away anything but it is something that is noticeable.

I recommend this to runners of all abilities as there is a lot of good info in it and it is an extraordinary achievement that most people could only dream about. Fascinating read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Comerford on 17 Jan. 2015
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Fifty marathons on fifty days in all fifty states. The Karnazes bandwagon trundles on. The book is pure Dean and, for a British reader, can be a little exuberant over small and large triumphs - everyone is humbling, amazing, admirable and wrapped in glitz - but, if that is accepted, the book is well worth reading. Each chapter has invaluable training and diet tips for novice and veteran alike, with enough going on to keep the reader interested. Dean Karnazes is an unusual human being, is a genuinely nice chap, and wears his heart on his sleeve. He has his critics amongst the gnarled and hardened ultra elite, but he shrugs this off and earns his crust, spreads his boyish enthusiasm around, then really does encourage thousands to get off their behinds and run. I like him, on balance and, though his books are never literary masterpieces, hold encouragement in their pages, never mystery. Worth a read.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tami Brady TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Likely you saw Dean Karnazes on the news promoting his 50 marathons in 50 days. I remember watching him thinking "is this guy crazy?" For the majority of us, completing even one marathon would be a lifelong goal achieved. Here this guy is looking to do not one or two runs in a season but 50 without even a day of rest. Like many people, I wondered why this person would even trey such a feat. In fact, was it even possible?

So when I got a chance to review 50/50, I jumped at the chance. By some standards, Dean Karnazes is a little abnormal. I say so, mostly because of his ability to endure 50 days of traveling, running a marathon, being interviewed, and then traveling again before getting only a few hours sleep. Just keeping the body going at that pace would be difficult enough. Add in some jet lag, a cold, and a scary fall. It's pretty amazing.

What I liked most about this story is that this man seemed like a real person. He's definitely more athletic and driven than most people but all of us have the ability to make better choices and push ourselves just a bit more than we thought possible. Absolutely inspiring.
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As ever this is another great book and life story by the legend that is Dean Karnazes.It's follows his 50 marathons in fifty states campaign and is interesting all the way through, and as ever is full of funny snippets of his daily life and his true humbleness and caring for others around him, whether he knows them personally or not.
It's full of helpful advice all the way through as well for runners which in itself is worth buying the book for.
I'm now looking forward to his next book about the origins of the marathon which is due out next year now as opposed to original plans for this year, I even got that information direct from Dean himself as he is often to be found responding to questions and posts on Facebook and Twitter.
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If you like running or reading about insane feats that just should be impossible, then any book by Dean karnazes ticks that box. If you have read other books by him you will pick this up straight away regarding his family, his obsession with running and his extremely modest view of himself When you would forgive him for having a rather large ego for running 50 marathons is 50 days in each state.
This is a great insight into the logistics and the pain that he endured for the 50 days. Easily a 5* book
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