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Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America Hardcover – 14 Apr 2011

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Publishing Group Inc.,U.S. (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583334238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583334232
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Archie Chill on 23 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By lewis1 on 6 July 2013
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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 By Oliver on 2 Jun. 2013
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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 By Justine on 26 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By N. Baller on 19 Jun. 2011
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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 By Marcus Chester on 21 Jan. 2013
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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 By Tom on 16 May 2013
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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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