Ultramarathon Man Hardcover – 17 Mar 2005
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"Heart-stopping stuff. The world's #7 biggest sports bestseller."
"Full of euphoric highs. Rusisng with Karnazes [is] like setting up one's easel next to Money or Picasso... His book describes a journey into distance running that is much less about sweat than about the emotional terrain that unfolds at the frontier of endurance."
--The New York Times
"[Karnazes'] spirited memoir... can help mere mortals who want to push past their perceived limits or simply jump-start their sedentary lives."
"There is clearly something Nietzschean in Karnaze's makeup...that whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger.'
--Los Angeles Times
"Iron man Dean Karnazes is no mere mortal."
"Makes the extraordinary look easy."
"An exhibition of unadulterated courage and mental and physical stamina [for] anyone who likes to read about ordinary people doing extraordinary things."
"Dean's masochism is a reader's pleasure."
"The perfect escapist fantasy for couch potatoes and weekend warriors alike."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"[Dean is] like a comic book superhero who remains undercover by day, every bit the unremarkable family man."
--The London Daily Telegraph
"A real life Forrest Gump... [Karnazes] has pushed his body to limits that are beyond masochistic. They're inhuman."
--Men's Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
"Running with Dean Karnazes [is] like setting up one's easel next to Monet or Picasso," said The New York Times. In 2004, Karnazes won the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley-"The World's Toughest Footrace"-running 135 miles in 120-degree Fahrenheit temperatures, in 27 hours, 22 minutes, and was named one of GQ's "Best Bodies of the Year." Karnazes lives with his family in San Francisco. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book inspired me and my friend to start running and we ultimately entered our first marathon as a result of reading it. It is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read and Dean Karnazes feats of endurance are incredible. He has ran marathons in Death Valley and the South Pole and regularly does more than 100 mile runs. I didn't even know it was possible for a human to do that, until I read this book.
Ultramarathon man shows you that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and that you should never put any limitations on yourself. I read this book in one sitting as it was so absorbing. It's a very entertaining read and has lots of inspirational quotes at the start of each chapter. There is also diet and training tips at the back of the book. Nevertheless, you don't have to be a runner or someone who wants to take up running, to benefit from this book.
I've noticed in one review that the book was heavily criticised because it didn't have enough scientific information on Dean's body weight and heart rate and so forth, I think the reviewer was missing the point. I believe the average reader would be turned off by statistics and such analysis, it would only really benefit hardcore runners but this is a book for everyone. But going back to basics, Dean states that the only method you really need to use is to put one foot in front of the other, and don't stop until you cross the finish line. The same applies whether you're running a race or living life.
It's not a book for runners wanting to pick up tips. No details *at all* of the kind of training he did for the incredible races he took part in. No information on his VO2 stats, variation of training runs, how often he rested, what kind of running injuries he picked up on the way (if any), what his actual race times and positions were, what his height, muscle percentage, body fat and visceral fat percentages are, and nothing on the progression of his times over the years. Nothing about the kind of stride he runs to preserve energy and work efficiently. No info on what kind of running shoes he preferred and the clothes he used for training. We know that he liked pizzas and slushies while running, but what about his day-to-day diet? Carbs? Fruit? Meat? Vegetables? Vitamin supplements? It's all blank.
We're left with the bare facts of his incredible, almost-inhuman feats and have no idea how he did it. A shrug and the occasional "It hurt a lot" just isn't enough. I'm not denigrating what he has done as a runner and a human being; that's completely beyond reproach. He's an amazing, unique person. But as a writer of a book you might find useful to read? Can't find enough in it.
So it could be that he's going after the "live your dreams" readers in need of something inspirational. And that would be fine, except that this, too, falls down through not having enough carefully considered information. He repeats over and over again that it hurt, but that it was life-affirming. Okay, fine. But what about the problems he would have faced over the years? Any frustrating training/racing injuries that he couldn't shake off?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm already a runner but sitting at work reading this book just had my legs twitching with the need to get up and run.Published 1 day ago by nicola bone
This was a quick read. I read the whole book over a weekend. There are some great stories in here. However, at quite a few points I was raising my eyebrow sensing that some of the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Anthony Lauder
Captivating and inspiring from start to finish.Dean Karnazes is a true running legend and a fantastic role model . Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
So inspiring! Makes me want to just go outside and run till I can't run anymore! A+++ readPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I LOVE this book. The first few pages get you hooked immediately due to the way it is written. Such an inspiration!Published 5 months ago by Bex
A great read - Dean is a fascinating and amazing human being, and reading this book inspired me to train harder and push myself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. A. Conrich
This guy is crazy! Amazing read and yes, I have now entered my first Ultra!Published 7 months ago by G. Crook