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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: 23.6 x 16.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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"Searing, obsessive honesty ..."

"You can learn from every race, even the ones you read about instead of run yourself. Marshall is a master of mental toughness, an endurance legend, and exactly the kind of example our country needs right now." -- Kara Goucher, American middle- and long-distance runner, Olympian and World Championship medalist

"Riveting--the man has endured more, experienced more, accomplished more than you can imagine. You have to read it to believe it." -- Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon and editor-at-large, "Runner's World"

"Marshall and I go way back to the first Eco-Challenge in 1995. An athlete of astonishing grit both then and now, he never fails to push the limits of his sport, no matter what extreme endurance event he's chosen. "Running on Empty" tells the story of Marshall's greatest test: reading it, you get a sense of how tough this man is, but there's also a bit of Everyman in Marsh. He's an inspiration to all of us." -- Mark Burnett, Emmy Award-winning producer of "Survivor", Eco-Challenge, The Apprentice, "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader", and others



"Searing, obsessive honesty ..."--"The Sydney Morning Herald"

"I'm always secretly envious of guys like Marshall, who run for adventure and cover extreme distances. What goes on inside their heads? How do they keep going, on and on, into the night, for days on end? What do they experience that the rest of us don't? "Running on Empty" tells it all, giving a rare glimpse into the world of ultrarunning and into the life of a man who epitomizes his sport's doctrine of 'never say quit.'" -- Ryan Hall, U.S.A. Olympic marathoner, U.S.A. half-marathon record holder (first U.S. runner in under an hour)

"A powerful memoir ... a fine pick for athletes and non-athletes alike." -- "Midwest Book Review"

"One of America's greatest living adventurers and an expert without peer in human endurance." -- Christopher McDougall, author of "Born to Run"

"Marshall Ulrich is nothing but a sincere original, so it's no surprise that his new 295-page hardcover book about his 2008 record-setting run from San Francisco to New York City ("Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss and a Record-Setting Run Across America") is of the same authentic, one-of-a-kind ilk." -- "Running Times"

"Searing, obsessive honesty ..." -- "The Sydney Morning Herald "

"Marshall is The Man. Definitively. His run across America at the age of fifty-seven sealed that distinction forever. He's living proof that endurance never sleeps, never gets old, never tires. Nothing can stop him, and that gives us all hope, gives us resolve to keep trying." -- Dean Karnazes, acclaimed endurance athlete and bestselling author of "Utlramarathon Man"
"Marshall and I go way back to the first Eco-Challenge in 1995. An athlete of astonishing grit both then and now, he never fails to push the limits of his sport, no matter what extreme endurance event he's chosen. "Running on Empty" tells the story of Marshall's greatest test: reading it, you get a sense of how tough this man is, but there's also a bit of Everyman in Marsh. He's an inspiration to all of us." -- Mark Burnett, Emmy Award-winning producer of "Survivor," Eco-Challenge, The Apprentice, "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader," and others


"Riveting--the man has endured more, experienced more, accomplished more than you can imagine. You have to read it to believe it." -- Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon and editor-at-large, "Runner's World"
"You can learn from every race, even the ones you read about instead of run yourself. Marshall is a master of mental toughness, an endurance legend, and exactly the kind of example our country needs right now." -- Kara Goucher, American middle- and long-distance runner, Olympian and World Championship medalist
"I'm always secretly envious of guys like Marshall, who run for adventure and cover extreme distances. What goes on inside their heads? How do they keep going, on and on, into the night, for days on end? What do they experience that the rest of us don't? "Running on Empty" tells it all, giving a rare glimpse into the world of ultrarunning and into the life of a man who epitomizes his sport's doctrine of 'never say quit.'" -- Ryan Hall, U.S.A. Olympic marathoner, U.S.A. half-marathon record holder (first U.S. runner in under an hour)
"One of America's greatest living adventurers and an expert without peer in human endurance." -- Christopher McDougall, author of "Born to Run"
"A powerful memoir ... a fine pick for athletes and non-athletes alike." -- "Midwest Book Review"
"Searing, obsessive honesty ..." -- "The Sydney Morning Herald "
"Marshall Ulrich is nothing but a sincere original, so it's no surprise that his new 295-page hardcover book about his 2008 record-setting run from San Francisco to New York City ("Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss and a Record-Setting Run Across America") is of the same authentic, one-of-a-kind ilk." -- "Running Times"

Marshall is The Man. Definitively. His run across America at the age of fifty-seven sealed that distinction forever. He s living proof that endurance never sleeps, never gets old, never tires. Nothing can stop him, and that gives us all hope, gives us resolve to keep trying. Dean Karnazes, acclaimed endurance athlete and bestselling author of Utlramarathon Man
Marshall and I go way back to the first Eco-Challenge in 1995. An athlete of astonishing grit both then and now, he never fails to push the limits of his sport, no matter what extreme endurance event he s chosen. Running on Empty tells the story of Marshall s greatest test: reading it, you get a sense of how tough this man is, but there s also a bit of Everyman in Marsh. He s an inspiration to all of us. Mark Burnett, Emmy Award-winning producer of Survivor, Eco-Challenge, The Apprentice, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, and others


Riveting the man has endured more, experienced more, accomplished more than you can imagine. You have to read it to believe it. Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon and editor-at-large, Runner's World
You can learn from every race, even the ones you read about instead of run yourself. Marshall is a master of mental toughness, an endurance legend, and exactly the kind of example our country needs right now. Kara Goucher, American middle- and long-distance runner, Olympian and World Championship medalist
I m always secretly envious of guys like Marshall, who run for adventure and cover extreme distances. What goes on inside their heads? How do they keep going, on and on, into the night, for days on end? What do they experience that the rest of us don t? Running on Empty tells it all, giving a rare glimpse into the world of ultrarunning and into the life of a man who epitomizes his sport s doctrine of never say quit. Ryan Hall, U.S.A. Olympic marathoner, U.S.A. half-marathon record holder (first U.S. runner in under an hour)
One of America s greatest living adventurers and an expert without peer in human endurance. Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run
A powerful memoir ... a fine pick for athletes and non-athletes alike. Midwest Book Review
Searing, obsessive honesty ... The Sydney Morning Herald
Marshall Ulrich is nothing but a sincere original, so it s no surprise that his new 295-page hardcover book about his 2008 record-setting run from San Francisco to New York City (Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner s Story of Love, Loss and a Record-Setting Run Across America) is of the same authentic, one-of-a-kind ilk. Running Times" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Marshall Ulrich is an extreme-endurance athlete, ultrarunner, mountaineer, and adventure racer. His career has earned him wins, records, and firsts on some of the toughest courses in the world and has taken him to the top of the highest mountains. He lives in Idaho Springs, Colorado. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A great insight into a great runner, a life changing experience and what it takes out of you and those around you to succeed. Shows life at its most raw and extreme in an unimaginable run across America.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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