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Running on Empty [Paperback]

Marshall Ulrich
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: AVERY; Reprint edition (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583334904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583334904
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Running On Empty Featured in the recent documentary film, "Running America," 57-year-old ultramarathoner Ulrich clocked the third-fastest transcontinental crossing to date and set new records in multiple divisions. In "Running on Empty," he shares the gritty backstory. Full description

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary running story 23 Jun 2011
This is a great story told with brutal honesty. Ulrich really lays himself on the line and in doing so offers real inspiration.

The book will be of particular interest to runners of course, and I'd recommend reading it to anyone who is planning to run a distance that they find challenging - be it 5k or across America!

Ulrich's gritty determination translates into compelling read that is hard to put down, and provides a more personal story than than the excellent yarn "Born To Run" - which I also loved reading. WIth foreword by Christopher McDougall, its sure to become the next 'must read' running classic.

Loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book review 26 July 2011
By Justine
This is an extraordinary story about a great man. Not being a runner myself this book told me a very intersting story about running ultra marathons. I have learned so much and am happy that I have read this story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good to a point 6 July 2013
By lewis1
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found the start of this book very emotive and easy to relate too in terms of why he started running. I enjoyed this book up to a point but marshals constant praise of his wife began to get tiresome with about a third of the book to go and I ended up just wanting to finish the book as opposed to finish reading about his journey.

It's still worth a read if you love running because of the enormity of marshals goal but there are better running books out there in my opinion like 'feet in the clouds' or 'born to run'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 19 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Well worth a read. Currently about two thirds through the book. He is an amazing athlete and very inspiring. He has had more than his fair share of misfortune but shows so much amazing fortitude.

His stamina and ability to overcome physical and mental stress is beyond comprehension.

Its a very enjoyable read I could barely put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 18 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Just to say it was very encourageing and that's the reason why I loved it would really recommend it :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside a Fascinating Mind 2 Jun 2013
By Oliver
Format:Kindle Edition
On its surface, Running on Empty is about Marshall Ulrich's run across the United States. But in a more important sense, the book is hardly about running at all. It is about the struggles and emotional growth of a man whose first wife died of cancer at about 30 years old, shortly after the birth of their first child. Ulrich originally takes up running to literally and figuratively "run away" from his very substantial troubles. Ultimately, however, Ulrich learns to deal with -- "accept" is probably too strong a word -- what happened to him early in life, and his relationship to running, his friends, and family all change for the better. Despite the tragedy, the book is ultimately positive and life-affirming.

The book really works for two reasons. First, Ulrich's unique personality and determination are fascinating. Second, and perhaps more importantly, Ulrich generously shares his feelings with the reader in what felt to me like a very honest and open fashion.

Finally, despite the heavy topic, Running on Empty is an easy read. Ulrich is not going to win any Nobel Prizes for literature, but he communicates effectively and clearly, in his own unique voice.

Highly recommended!
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