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5.0 out of 5 stars What is inspirational?, 4 May 2011
This review is from: Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss (Hardcover)
Dean Karnazes is an exceptional man, let's first acknowledge that. This is not just because he is probably the ultimate endurance athlete of our time, but also because he is not so full of himself like many other athletes who are payed with real money for winning races rather than by belt buckles (as the traditional price for most ultras).

This is probably not as ground-breaking of a book as 'the Ultramarathon Man', Karnazes's first book that was a NewYork Times bestseller, but it is a great book never the less. The major difference I found is that this one doesn't have to try as hard as the first one had. The first one had to introduce the man (Karnazes) and the concept (Ultramarathon) to an audience largely ignorant of both, it had to cram a lot of information to make sense and it had to be convincing.

This book doesn't have to work as hard. It is like a new conversation with an old friend. No need for introductions, the chat can flow from where you left last time, and you can go here and there. In this book, Karnazes didn't repeat the same stories of the first one although some of them get mentioned, he still talked about some amazing races such as the 4 deserts race and the 48 hours attempt to break Guinness world record, but he also had the time to talk about his family, about his life, and about his friends. As an increasingly aspiring runner, I find the parts about Topher Gaylord most inspiring... in a way, one cannot compare themselves to Dean, he has got a gift that not many of us have, but I can compare myself to Topher, he wasn't a born runner but a made one, he started late, he had skinny legs that barely held him, and he now runs 100 mile races.

For me, this book was entertaining, inspiring, and the story of Topher made me think... if spaghetti-legs can do it, so can I...
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Initial post: 30 Aug 2011, 10:20:49 BST
Last edited by the author on 30 Aug 2011, 11:07:10 BST
These Ultramarathon runners especially Dean are extremely fit athletes but would find it difficult or near impossible to stay with the likes of Billy Bland or Joss Naylor in their heyday.

Billy Bland still holds the Bob Graham round record in just under 14hrs or 13hrs 52min to cover 72miles over 46 of Lake Lands finest peaks.

Joss Naylors every Wainwright peak (all 214 of them) in just under 7days or if you take from start to finish Moot Hall to Moot Hall in 7Days 1hr and visiting every single Lakeland lake or water in just over 17hrs beating Billy Blands incredible record by an amazing 9hrs.

Ultramarathon running on a fairly flat course is hard enough but when you consider to visit every single lake in the Lake District involves a distance of 141miles over some of the hardest terrain in the Uk all in under 18hrs now that requires stamina that very few top athletes can sustain.

Do not forget Mike Cudahys sub 3day Pennine way record and two runners have now run back to back Pennine Ways in under 9days.
That's 532miles of almost continuous running.

There's Ultramarathon running and those select breed of runners whose regular training runs involve running distances in excess of 146miles in one go as Billy Bland used to do back in the early 1980s when he would do back to back Bob Grahams just to train for the likes of the Ennerdale Horseshoe.

The UltraDistance Fell Runners are possibly the toughest runners of all.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2011, 01:21:50 BST
Mr. O. Slee says:
odd post.
Have you even read any of Dean's books - He's run 350miles non stop.
won the badwater ultra marathon - takes place in death valley.
He is better....
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