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Run! [Kindle Edition]

Dean Karnazes
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'His achievements are inspirational and as an endurance athlete he's untouchable.' --Metro


“Dean is not an athlete of clichés but a man who deeply inhabits his life as a runner. He does that with a really solid sense of humor and an understanding that life…and running…can be very entertaining!”
—Bill Rodgers, winner of the Boston and New York City marathons
“Iron man Dean Karnazes is no mere mortal.”—"Time" “Running with Karnazes [is] like setting up one’s easel next to Monet or Picasso.”—The "New York Times""" “The undisputed king of the ultras, who has not only pushed the envelope but blasted it to bits.”—The "Philadelphia Inquirer" “A ‘short’ run with Dean could land you far from home.”—The "Washington Post" “The indefatigable man."—"Esquire" “Ultrarunning legend”—"Men’s Journal" “Money and fame aside, Karnazes [is] motivated by a primal need more than anything else.&#8221

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1164 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (23 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R1RBIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars cashing in! 7 April 2011
I love Dean and it was his first book UltraMarathonMan which got me into Ultra-running so I owe him a lot of gratitude. UltraMarathonMan was fresh and I just couldnt put it down, but RUN was never going to be as good. What lets it down is that the same stories crop up in RUN that he talked about in his previous books. Whilst I was expecting a lot more, its still a worthwhile read if you are a Dean fan!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As His Others 23 May 2012
By J. Lock
I've read his first two books - the first one is without doubt his best.

This is a collection of stories and some appear in the first two books. It has the feel that it was put together as part of a book deal and/or rushed out in time for the Christmas market - like an Artist realizing a "Best of" album with B-sides to make up the numbers.

There are 27 stories in all and some are pretty weak - the second story about him arguing over a rib at a wedding reception is probably the poorest, it's something you'd tell friends, not worth a place in a book.

There's definitely a lot of chapters that are fillers, for a start there's a race report by one of his running buddies, an interview with his wife, an interview with his kids and a selection of fan mail.

I picked this up for my kindle as it was on special offer - about half of the usual kindle price so it earned an extra star for that.

Unless you're a huge Karno fan, I'd hold off and wait and see you can get it on special offer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Karno fans will enjoy 8 May 2011
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is the third book written by ultra marathoner Dean Karnazes about his crazy long distance running exploits. His first book was a compelling read about how he became an ultramarathoner, whereas his second book centered on his project to run 52 consecutive marathons in every state of America. While still an engaging read, this book is the weakest of the three, because it doesn't have as clear a focus. Rather it's a mash of Dean's thoughts about long distance running combined with descriptions of some of the races and events that he's taken on in the past couple of years. There are large segments that rehash territory he's covered before: Long distance running hurts/you get hungry/you chafe etc.

Dean's friendship with Topher and Topher's evolution as a runner is one theme that continues throughout the book and Topher even contributes a chapter describing his first 100 mile event. I also enjoyed reading about Dean's participation in the "4 Deserts" series - ultramarathons in the Atacama Desert, Gobi Desert, the Sahara Desert and Antarctica.

Towards the end Dean introduces his next goal. Starting November 2012, he wants to spend a year running a marathon in every single country in the world. Sounds impossible, exhausting and potentially dangerous: but never count out Karno.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is ok 12 Jan 2012
Starts well but tails off. He doesn't have as much to say post Ultramarathon Man. Some of it is unconvincing especially when you know a little about the one man marketing department that is Dean Karnazes. Also there are several chapters written by other people and one which is excerpts of emails he received. That's a bit cheeky (and lazy!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 13 Oct 2011
By Alison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Run! was the first Dean Karnazes book that I have read and I enjoyed it a lot. I'm a relatively new and very keen runner and biographical books around the subject of running really interest me. The book is a collection of small stories featuring Dean and some of his running friends and acquaintances. There isn't a strong chronological thread or theme that flows from one chapter to the other - just the overall topic of crazy ultrarunning.

I think this book will appeal to keen runners who want a bit of running inspiration and insight into an unusual man.

Recommended. I'll be looking up Dean's earlier books and reading them soon.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of History of Dean - worth a read 11 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I think some of the early reviews of this book are a little harsh and if youve read any of Deans other books this is well worth a look. I think the difference between this book and the other two I have read is simply you get to understand a little bit more about Dean, what makes him tick, some history of where he has come from and what drives him today to do what he does. You get a peak at his family, with chapters from his Wife and Children as to what its like living with Dean. You also get a very interesting section on Topher, one of his best mates who hated running, and the journey from that first run with Dean to conquering the Mount Blanc 1.5hr quicker than Dean.

There is many motivational quotes and whilst its not a 'cant put down' book, you will find yourself working you way thro pretty damn quick - give it a go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Inspiration 14 July 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well done Dean, a great book filled with adventures and an insight into ultra running. Highly recommended for both non runners and runners.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is inspirational? 4 May 2011
Dean Karnazes is an exceptional man, let's first acknowledge that. This is not just because he is probably the ultimate endurance athlete of our time, but also because he is not so full of himself like many other athletes who are payed with real money for winning races rather than by belt buckles (as the traditional price for most ultras).

This is probably not as ground-breaking of a book as 'the Ultramarathon Man', Karnazes's first book that was a NewYork Times bestseller, but it is a great book never the less. The major difference I found is that this one doesn't have to try as hard as the first one had. The first one had to introduce the man (Karnazes) and the concept (Ultramarathon) to an audience largely ignorant of both, it had to cram a lot of information to make sense and it had to be convincing.

This book doesn't have to work as hard. It is like a new conversation with an old friend. No need for introductions, the chat can flow from where you left last time, and you can go here and there. In this book, Karnazes didn't repeat the same stories of the first one although some of them get mentioned, he still talked about some amazing races such as the 4 deserts race and the 48 hours attempt to break Guinness world record, but he also had the time to talk about his family, about his life, and about his friends. As an increasingly aspiring runner, I find the parts about Topher Gaylord most inspiring... in a way, one cannot compare themselves to Dean, he has got a gift that not many of us have, but I can compare myself to Topher, he wasn't a born runner but a made one, he started late, he had skinny legs that barely held him, and he now runs 100 mile races.

For me, this book was entertaining, inspiring, and the story of Topher made me think... if spaghetti-legs can do it, so can I...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational stories
Love the way Dean write; almost as much as the way he runs. Awesome book, with varied stories each one as inspirational as the previous.
Published 1 month ago by A. Cooke
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and enjoyable
I am a runner so I find this book interesting and enjoyable. The style is easy and the reading flows page after page quickly.
Published 3 months ago by Emiliano Salvemini
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book for those interested in human power. Brain, heart &...
What an incredible book.

A humble author takes us on a journey of human achievement through running. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ian
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational read
Inspirational though can be a bit boring st times. Some of the stories you can gloss over and still get the idea
Published 5 months ago by Lindsay MacNeill
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, I would recommend to any runners new or old.
An excellent book with some great stories from the top endurance runner of perhaps all time.Would recommend for any runners new or old.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. L. C. Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars run
Interesting book if you want to know what motivates some people to run. Dean is slightly crazy but fun. Good enough to make me want to read his other books.
Published 7 months ago by Jools
5.0 out of 5 stars Dedicated
Self discipline, guts, detirmined, motivating and genuine. Words that sum up Dean, Coupled with a touch of the madness!!!! Great read!
Published 8 months ago by REIDO
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book,
Yes a very good read, it's funny and interesting and covers runs from around the world .its amazing the distances dean covers ,,
Published 8 months ago by brian o donnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to kick start
If you want to go the distance beyond 26.2 read any book by Dean, unbelievable runner and will motivate any distance runner to push that little bit further than the normal runners... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs M Butler
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his first
This book was good but nowhere near as epic as his first. I HIGHLY recommend you read his first book The marathon Man. It's epic. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ScottyHonest
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