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Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across Ameri ca [Kindle Edition]

Marshall Ulrich
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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117 marathons, 52 days, 32 pairs of shoes, 57 years old: A fascinating glimpse inside the mind of an ultramarathon runner and the inspirational saga of his phenomenal journey running across America.

The ultimate endurance athlete, Marshall Ulrich has run more than 100 foot races averaging over 100 miles each, completed 12 expedition-length adventure races, and ascended the Seven Summits - including Mount Everest - all on his first attempt. Yet his run from California to New York- the equivalent of running two marathons and a 10K every day for nearly two months straight - proved to be his most challenging effort yet.

Featured in the recent documentary film, Running America, Ulrich clocked the 3rd fastest transcontinental crossing to date and set new records in multiple divisions. In Running on Empty, he shares the gritty backstory, including brushes with death, run-ins with the police, and the excruciating punishments he endured at the mercy of his maxed-out body. Ulrich also reached back nearly 30 years to when the death of the woman he loved drove him to begin running - and his dawning realization that he felt truly alive only when pushed to the limits.

Filled with mind-blowing stories from the road and his sensational career, Ulrich's memoir imbues an incredible read with a universal message for athletes and nonathletes alike: face the toughest challenges, overcome debilitating setbacks, and find deep fulfillment in something greater than achievement

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3832 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; Reprint edition (14 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IYJE8I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars RUNNING ON EMPTY 21 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
There is a line in Marshall Ulrich's book in which he, unflattering, describes himself as a tank. Or rather he admits to having a tank-like build. You don't really expect this as ultrarunners are famed for their svelte, slight builds and their often quiet, introspective manner. This book is neither of these things.

Like the monumentally epic challenge that Ulrich describes, the narrative is forceful and brash. He is brutally honest throughout about his shortcomings and he admits to the painful compromises that he has had to make along the way to becoming one of the most respected ultrarunners ever. But here, in 'Running on Empty', such honesty does not really translate into a narrative of psychological interest. This is a shame. I am far more interested in his thoughts rather than the food that he ate along the way. Although I have nothing but admiration for his attitude and guts, the prose did leave me a little empty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read 16 May 2013
By Tom
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting guy, amazing feat of endurance. A very honest account of the trials and tribulations of undertaking such a massive challenge.
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