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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891369377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891369377
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Running to the limits of human -endurance.For those who are not content to run merely 26.2 miles, there is ultramarathoning. Some of the biggest ultras are 50 or 100 miles long, races in which people run all day, through the night and on into t

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Howard on 27 Nov. 2008
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I bought this book after reading: Ultramarathon Man, Feet in the Clouds, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running and Survival of the Fittest and in my opinion it is right up there with these greats.

If you are interested in running, trail running, or ultra marathons, then I urge you to buy this book. The book consists of about 30 to 40 personal stories about people who have completed or competed in an ultra marathon (50k plus). Stories range from champions of the sport, to keen participants each with a heart warming story. The stories are all American based but that really doesnt make any difference and you can relate to each and every one.

If this book does not inspire anyone to run, I will be more than surprised. I thoroughly recommend it and enjoyed it right to the end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Howard on 13 Jun. 2010
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This is a good book to pick up, read a short story and then put down. If you read a few stories in one go it can get a bit samey... There is only so many times you can read "and then I'd run my 1st 100 miles. I was tired but elated...". But the stories are excellent, well written and inspirational. And there is a very good mix of people from all levels of running, from the racing snakes to the ordinary Joes and Jos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mountainrunner on 30 Jun. 2010
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The book is presented as a series of short essays, some written by the athletes themselves, but most written by the author. Each essay tells its own story and each runner has their own motivation for running ultras. But it is when you read all the stories together that the jigsaw is complete and you really get the bigger picture of what ultras are all about. And its so much more than 'mere' physical endurance. But I guess you'll have to read the book to find out more...
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The book is made up of a collection of short personal accounts of an ultra marathon that each author has undertaken. I started this and initially thought that it wasn't really what I was after, but one account lead to another and I found myself really enjoying it as the accounts got better as it went through, so a bit of a slow starter really.

It's good for those looking to take one on for the first time, and realising that you don't need to be super human or have done insane levels of training to complete one.

The thing I found really curious was that the last two stories weren't an attempt to finish on a high. I think the penultimate story was from a guy that loved his ultras but he beleived that running them had left his body a wreck from all the impact, etc. So many medical studies don't support this theory and it all seemed a bit doom and gloom to me. It was as if Neal had thoughts, "I know, I'll hook them in with tales of daring do and then I'll crush the desire to do it for themselves by giving them a horror story!"

The final story was about a guy who was so obsessed with completion of the Hardrock 100 that he died! In fairness the bloke had stopped taking medication, continued despite warning signs, etc, etc. but just seemed like an odd end really.

Worth a read for anybody thinking of taking on an ultra or likes the romance of it. You won't get a lot of course information or gritty details of the races, but worth it. Given that the accoutns are short it also makes an excellent toilet book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Micheal on 20 Jan. 2014
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It's a book that falls between two stools. It is neither a book about running or a book about how to achieve something amazing-it is somewhere between the two. The short story approach means that you don't get to know the characters and the writing isn't as interesting or exciting as the likes of Jurek or Karnazes.
The good thing about the short story approach is that you aren't stuck reading about a runner that you don't find interesting for too long!
Good idea for a book but not that well executed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rlush on 23 Aug. 2011
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This selection of short stories all describe the process of completing ultramarathons ranging from 50km to 100+ miles, the thing that comes across the most is the camaradarie at these events amongst the competitors. They give a real insight into the world of ultrarunning and the mental and physical aspects of competing for these distances. A great read for any runner looking for ideas for a new challenge
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By theo_hellas on 6 Nov. 2010
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it is a good book for anyone who want to learn how it is like to run great distange such as 100 miles ...
the statements by the people who had written in that book is reliable and stimulating...
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