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Publisher's Summary:Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada....

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  • Sam
    2019-03-12 12:08

    The closest I will ever get to an ultramarathon is reading this book. To better simulate the all night running experience described in this book I thought I would try a sort of ultramarathon reading style. So in the tradition of Dean Karnazes here are the confessions of an all night reader.After a night at the local pool learned flip-turns from Anne we returned home to put the girls to bed. Instead of Scrabble or episodes of the West Wing (which are our surefire date-defaults) we decided to read in bed. For me, that usually means about a half hour before I can't keep my eyes open anymore.But tonight was different. I was going to try to read this baby cover to cover before I slept. Nevermind the 250 pages of textbooks I have to read by Monday for school. I started out strong through the first 100 pages, rarely breaking more than a few seconds between chapters. By that time Anne was fast asleep but my night had just begun. My favorite part of the book was Dean's description of his first Western States 100 mile race. He provided great detail and I felt like I was right there with him. I was starting to feel the fatigue setting in from my own lofty pursuits. After all, Dean wrote that the actual activity you choose is unimportant as long as you are giving everything you've got. By the time I reached page 200 the lines were starting to blur. I had to get up and swing my arms and jump around to keep the blood flowing. So this is how Dean felt!? 226 miles without stopping? Try that many pages without coming up for air.5 hours and 6 rice-crispy treats later I finished reading the last acknowledgments and closed the book. It was a little after 3:00am. Dean and I connected on a level that only those who dare to push their most outer limits can.The way I read this book last night is not for everyone. But this book is! A very fun read that will leave you thinking about your own ultra ambitions.

  • Aaron
    2019-03-13 14:50

    Ug. Ego-stroking pap. The description of the Western States race is awesome, but sadly you have to read about him describing himself (hint: the word "ripped" is used 3 times) to get there. And then deal with the last 100 pages, all about a self-indulgent trip to the South Pole (look at me! I'm rich!).

  • Liz
    2019-03-08 16:03

    I recently picked up running as a way to get in shape, and it's become a bit of a hobby. I thought I would enjoy Karnazes's book both because I appreciate people who push themselves to the limit and because, as a PhD student, I know what it's like to be entirely devoted to a dream. I was hoping to feel inspired and to meet a kindred spirit.Not happening. Dean Karnazes is so into himself that it's difficult to get a glimpse of ultrarunning through him. His descriptions of his physical form are unappealing, in that he goes out of the way to inform you that he is "ripped like a prizefighter" and that "my body reached a level of fitness that defied all sensible limitations." He definitely gets a kick out of including his Sports Illustrated sexiest athlete photo, as well, but without the good humor I was hoping to see. Even though ultrarunners generally seem to be awesome people, Karnazes does not appear to be friends with any of them. Even though he is racing with some of the best athletes in the world, he never mentions his fellow dream chasers by name or appears to develop strong relationships with his running colleagues. One of the most appealing traits of running books like Born to Run is the obvious affection and admiration the runners display for each other. Dean only seems to admire himself. He talks about participants in his sport as an elite and mysterious group of people who are just so wild and beyond normal people that there can be no comparison, but from reading the book you'd think he's the only member of this group. He prefers to talk about encounters with normal people who are impressed by his antics and think, "Oh Dean, you so crazy!"His descriptions of his formative high school track experiences also ring false to me. First of all, I don't know very many groups of high schoolers who "hang out at late-night coffee shops and read Kafka and Kerouac." And the contrast between his beloved cross-country team and the prissy, time-obsessed track team seemed so overwrought that it's like he never grew out of the high school mentality he had while a member of them. Apparently the track coach wanted to time him and, when Dean informed him that "I run with my heart," laughed so derisively that Dean stormed off the field in a huff and didn't run again for fifteen years. That doesn't say "tough guy" to me. Dean's attitude towards women is also highly unappealing. Ultrarunning is one of the few sports where men and women compete together and women frequently come out on top. However, Dean's idea of a good joke was to send a male friend who completed a "lesser" ultramarathon a tampon instead of a congratulatory cigar—a tampon the friend had to "live down" by completing several more ultramarathons. This book did have moments that were enjoyable, especially Dean's description of actually running Western States. His writing is simple and makes for a super quick read. But I will not be reaching for any more work by this author. His focus on himself and on what a hardass he is because he works through the pain provides a stark contrast with my experience of running books to date, in which the athletes experience joy through running. Yes, ultrarunners get tired. Yes, you have to mentally force yourself to get through even short runs if you are an inexperienced runner like me. But I'm not digging Dean Karnazes the happy masochist.

  • Timothy Allen
    2019-02-26 14:44

    Ah, people hate Dean Karnazes... but ask yourself this: would you know who Scott Jurek was if you had never read Dean Karnazes? I wouldn't.Dean's book sometimes sounds like he's spinning a yarn. It's pretty unbelievable at points. On the other hand, he does some unbelievable things. And he does most of what he does for charity. In general, it's a very good read. It made me feel like going out running. And indirectly, I trained for and signed up for my first ultramarathon because I read this book. Love him or hate him, Dean Karnazes put ultramarathoning on the map.Is Dean the best runner in the world? Maybe not. Is he the best ultramarathoner? Probably not, either. He did win Badwater in 2004, and you don't do that by being a mediocre athlete.

  • Phrynne
    2019-03-11 13:57

    This is definitely not a book I would have chosen for myself. I read it because my son, who is a marathon runner, gave it to me to read and I was very impressed. I am not usually a great fan of the autobiography, but Dean Karnazes writes with humour and diffidence about his incredible achievements. Anyone who can do the things he has done is a hero - slightly crazy admittedly, but a hero. Well worth reading.

  • Diane
    2019-02-27 15:09

    About halfway through it becomes an ego-fest. Karnazes may be an ultradistance runner, but he's not the best and should stop acting that way. He's marketed himself as the posterboy for ultraendurance running and it starts to get weary in the book.

  • Rhiannon
    2019-03-08 14:49

    I'm a runner, and although I have not done and probably never will do an ultramarathon, I know quite a few ultramarathoners and thought this book would give me a better idea of the sport. But, wow, this book is a piece of crap.Rarely have I read something by an author so completely self-absorbed, self-worshiping, self-indulgent, and egotistical. He feigns modesty throughout the book, but its insincerity is crystal clear. Yes, Dean, I know that you're an amazing runner (although there are other ultrarunners who are even better, and they get no mention in this book) but I really don't care that you have 5% body fat, that you are "cut like a prize fighter," that "over the course of the decade [you] managed to amass nine more Western States Silver Buckles...dozens of medals, plaques, and trophies" but that although "it's cool to have mementos like these, [you ] didn't have them out on display in the living room."Also, the writing is just plain bad. Dialogues with other people (all of whom, even his family, are portrayed as completely one-dimensional characters) are unrealistic.And finally, he's sexist. No mention of the (many) incredible female ultrarunners, but he does send a tampon as a joke to a male friend who'd just finished his first Western States 100. Implying, I assume, that because the guy didn't run it particularly quickly, that he was no better than a woman. No matter that a woman, Pam Reed, beat Dean TWICE in the 130-mile Badwater race, and that she was the first person to run 300 miles continuously.This book is not about the sport of ultra running. This book is about Dean Karnazes, and an ego the size of Canada.

  • N. Pfeifer
    2019-03-10 15:09

    I didn't realize until after I'd read this book and given it a 4-star rating that people were dumping on it for his egotism. Honestly, having breezed right through this (it's not a difficult or lengthy read by any means) I kinda felt the opposite. I've been reading a lot about running and marathons lately and Karnazes came up as an example of an extreme athlete. Reading up about him, he seemed to be some kind of invincible superman, but him spending most of the book explaining the hell-ish conditions of his extreme jaunts, I built up a sympathy for the guy. Sure, he dives into self - flagellation when he describes his body as godly and he can run two marathons with ease as training, but it illuminates how high the bar is to even attempt to accomplish the feats he's done. Sure, he talks about his growing pile of commendations, but what would you expect from a nearly career athlete? Medals and trophies are for athletes, not nerds like me, they just come with the territory. The book is far more Disney Channel than instruction manual and reading about his struggles, the centerpiece of the book, carries far more weight than his accomplishments. He may talk about his extreme physique, but he's having some humble pie with it.

  • Chad Sayban
    2019-02-26 10:06

    More reviews at The Story Within The StoryIt started with a single fateful decision one night to just go out and run…and run…and run. This is the story of Dean Karnazes and his life as it unfolded after that night. A non-stop adventure in the heat of Death Valley, the bone-chilling cold of the South Pole, over mountains, through forests – all while running. Through hard work and breathtaking perseverance he achieved amazing athletic acts while balancing a family and career. “Most dreams die a slow death. They're conceived in a moment of passion, with the prospect of endless possibility, but often languish and are not pursued with the same heartfelt intensity as when first born. Slowly, subtly, a dream becomes elusive and ephemeral. People who've lost their own dreams become pessimists and cynics. They feel like the time and devotion spent on chasing their dreams were wasted. The emotional scars last forever.”Ultrarunners are an odd lot. Not content with running a meager distance of a marathon – 26.2 miles for those of you counting – ultrarunners head out for jaunts of 50 miles, 100 miles and longer. A fringe subset of endurance athletes, ultrarunners take joy in pushing the limits of human endurance to the absolute breaking point…and beyond. In the world of these extreme athletes, Dean Karnazes is a rock star. He has won the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon, which is run through Death Valley…in July…in 130-degree heat. He has run a 199-mile relay event solo. He has run a marathon at the South Pole. Dean is hardcore.However, Ultramarathon Man doesn’t come across as a “look at me” egofest at all. Instead, Karnazes is a humorous tour guide who doesn’t take himself seriously. He acknowledges the ridiculous nature of what he does and points out the foibles with candor. The result is Karnazes produces an athletic memoir which is grounded in humanity while describing inhuman accomplishments. Is what he is doing a form of addiction? Certainly, and he freely admits that. But Karnazes has turned these somewhat self-absorbed escapades not into bravado, but into something more universal and inspirational. The magic of Ultramarathon Man is that it doesn’t serve to aggrandize Dean Karnazes and he doesn’t expect everyone to do the things he is doing. His hope is that by doing these larger-than-life challenges, he can inspire others to take set out on their own adventures to capture the hopes and dreams that many of us have set aside as impossible. Ultramarathon Man is really about finding the wherewithal to put one foot in front of the other and never quit until we cross the finish line – no matter what that finish line might look like. This is the best kind of memoir – a memoir of unabashed hope and optimism. I challenge anyone to read this book and not finish with a smile, a chuckle and a newfound glimpse at what just might be possible.

  • Mary
    2019-02-23 16:48

    It's unfortunate that what could have been a really inspirational story about pushing oneself to the ultimate limit of physical endurance is overshadowed by the douchiness of the author. I wanted to be in awe and instead I was just annoyed. The constant false modesty was tiring and incredibly transparent. And I get that anyone who writes a memoir would want to shine themselves in a flattering light, so I understand Karnazes' decision to focus on races that he finished. But I think it would have been a better book if he had included at least one honest account of one of the races where he made a conscious decision to stop and not finish. He's a great runner and I am in awe of his skill and dedication. The fact that he raises money for sick children also raises his stock in my book. But sending a tampon to a friend after finishing a marathon (especially considering that ultra-marathoning is one of the arenas where women consistently out-perform men) is just a dick move. I feel better now.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-02-21 08:40

    I first became aware of Dean Karnazes a few years ago shortly after moving back to New York. That was when he came into the spotlight for a lot of people, shortly after he won the Badwater Ultramarathon. In my small running circle, I spread word of his infamy, of the man who ordered pizza for delivery on his all night runs. How he would run a hundred miles just to get to the start of a marathon. How he ran a 200 mile relay race--by himself. Most of what I knew of him came from short articles in running magazines or interviews on NPR. In gearing up for this year's marathon season, I borrowed this book from a friend to find out more about the Ultramarathon Man--who in 2006 ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days; who was the first person to run a marathon to the South Pole--in running shoes; who ran 350 miles without stopping. I wanted some inspiration to get me through the dark moments of my running, when the pain sets in and I feel like I just can't move any further. It helps me in those times to think of someone who went further, who did more, who ran faster or harder and dug deeper to keep going even under the most dire conditions.Karnazes talks about his early life as a runner, his introduction to the sport by his first track coach, Coach McTavish. Coach's advice was simple: "Go out hard and finish harder." That would be a mantra that Karnazes would take with him throughout life. He seems to be a man full of energy and determination. An article in the New York Times before the 2010 New York Marathon talked about the determination of professional runners. "Mental Tenacity separates the mortals and the immortals in running," the article says. Karnazes must have more mental tenacity than anyone on earth. He pushes himself to extremes just to see if he can. When he feels himself unable to go on, he digs deeper inside himself and finds strength where mere mortals would falter. As a runner, he has pushed the limits of what a human can do. He's pushed the limit so far it seems unlikely that anyone will challenge his feats anytime soon.What makes this book stand out, though, is the humility with which Karnazes tells his story. He writes with an unexaggerated, self-depracating style that belies the feats he has accomplished. He's the first to admit that he is only human, that he too falls sometimes. One of his most spectacular falls occurs when he runs his first 50 mile race to qualify for the grueling Western States 100. Karnazes describes the events immediately following that race with objective clarity, as though he were telling the story of what happened to a guy he knew. The pain he puts himself through would make most of us cringe in terror, but to him it is just another day. He's a normal man with a normal family and kids who want him to play with them. Immediately after running 200 miles, his kids drag him to an amusement park and he spends the next several hours riding roller coasters. I can't imagine that. After running that distance, I can imagine that all I'd want to do is collapse in a bed. For all the humility with which he recounts his story, he is seemingly not a very humble man. In recent years he has made very public his aspirations, from running 50 states in 50 days to his very public declaration of wanting to be the first person to run 300 miles non-stop. (That feat was thwarted by Pam Reed, who for two years won the Badwater Ultramarathon and quietly and without much fanfare ran a 25 mile loop 12 times shortly after Dean attempted his record breaking run.) The ultrarunning community is small and rather protective of itself. Dean is an everyman who seems to believe that anyone can run these distances. He has opened ultrarunning to the wider world. None of that changes the power of this book, though. While it may be ostensibly about running, it is more deeply about following your dreams. Karnazes wants each of us to realize the power of our dreams, to not just have them but to strive to attain them--no matter what they be. For Karnazes, the dream and the passion meet at running. He wants to push his body and his mind to the limit and he works hard every day to do that. It's not easy. I think he makes clear how hard it is to run the distances he runs. But that is the point, he says. "Dreams can come true," he tells his kids, "especially if you train hard enough."That may be the best takeaway from any book I've read.

  • Kim
    2019-03-11 13:05

    I really enjoyed this book. 36 weeks pregnant and I am ready to get up and run...maybe in two months or so, but I am inspired. I don't think I will ever become and ultramarathon runner, or even a marathon runner for that matter, but in a word with endless possibilities I am inspired to never be content with mediocrity. Like Robin William says in Dead Poets Society "Make your lives extraordinary."Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:"To call running 'fun' would be a misuse of the word. Running can be 'enjoyable.' Running can be 'rejuvenating.' But in a pure sense of the word, running is not fun."From the Reviews "The perfect escapist fantasy for couch potatoes and weekend warriors alike.""I couldn't recall a single time that I felt worse after a run than before.""'Things' don't bring happiness. Some of my finest moments came while running down the open road, little more than a pair of shoes and shorts to my name. A runner doesn't need much. Thoreau one said that a man's riches are based on what he can do without. Perhaps in needing less, you're actually getting more.""If we could just free ourselves from out percieved limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless.""Running into Santa Cruz, I was wholly fulfilled. Most people never get there. They're afraid or unwilling to demand enough of themselves and take the easy road, the path of least resistance. But struggling and suffering, as I now saw it, were the essence of a life worth living. If you're not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you are not constantly demanding more from yourself--expanding and learning as you go--you're choosing a numb existence. You're denying yourself an extraordinary trip."

  • Sushmitha Kanukurthi
    2019-03-14 16:53

    I just finished reading this book about 15 mins ago and I am not sure of where to begin! Ever since I took up running (about two years ago), I have come across many a book that have left me inspired and driven about pursuing this passion. But this book has done far more. While Dean Karnazes's super human feats are unique; what makes this book so amazing is his ability to infuse that passion in the readers. He makes the book easy to read, profound, awe inspiring and a testament to what the human body is capable of achieving, if only you are willing to push yourself. For a while now, I had given up running because of the repeated migraine attacks that come with it. Maybe it is time for me to stop waiting to things to change and invest in bringing about the change. As Dean says in the book "Pain and suffering are often the catalysts for life's most profound lessons." I could go on and on about this book but it will suffice to say that if I could give this book a 10 star rating, I would! Definitely a must read for all those who want to push themselves but don't know where to start!!

  • ConnieKuntz
    2019-02-20 09:59

    I did not expect Ultramarathon Man to be a tearjerker, but it was. I did not expect to laugh out loud, but I did. If someone had told me I would read this book while sitting on the edge of my seat, I would have told them to Shut Up, but, guess what, I read most of this book whilst sitting on the edge of my seat. In short, this was the most entertaining book I read in 2010. In case you are wondering, this book is about Dean Karnazes. I read about him a couple years ago in 50/50. He's the guy who ran fifty marathons in fifty states in fifty days. This book isn't about his marathon abilities, though. It's about his tender heart. I realize he would probably sick one of his blisters on me if he knew I called him "tender hearted" but it is true. It is his tender heart that led him to run not only marathons, but 100+ mile ultra-marathons in mountain air. (This book is bookended with a charity one-man race that is almost 200 miles long.) It is his tender heart that lead him to grieve for his sister, be influenced by good (and bad) coaches, gain an appreciation for running with the tide of the ocean, nurture a lifelong love with his wife (whom he met in high school), raise children, thrive in corporate America, enjoy a terrific relationship with his parents, understand his brother and sister-in-law better, run for organ donations and, here's what I find so inspired, not only face his demons, but run with them, too. This is a fun, hilarious, inspired, uproarious, rowdy book that is also centered, inspired, down to earth, beautifully balanced with masculine and feminine energy and honest. I loved it. I think I should mention that my running mileage increased from 3.1 miles to 4.1 miles somewhere in the course of reading this book. The reason I think I should mention this is because I think it is arguable that this book isn't just for ultra-athletes. It is for anyone who has a tender heart.

  • Caitlin Constantine
    2019-03-02 08:53

    This was just a crazy fun book to read. Karnazes is seriously demented but I think he knows it, which is why it was so much fun. Also, as a distance runner - but not an insane one like Karnazes - I found it totally inspiring. It's too bad I'm currently nursing a running injury because it made me want to go and pound out a 10-miler the second I put it down.I think what I liked best about the book was how self-deprecating Karnazes is about himself. He knows he's pretty much insane, he doesn't go for a lot of self-aggrandizement, and he doesn't shy away from the disgusting aspects that go along with running ultramarathons.Oh, and the picture of him naked with the strategically placed South Pole is worth the price of the book alone.This might be the highest praise I can give a book - by the end of it, I was thinking, gee, I might like to try to run an ultramarathon some day. Now THAT is crazy.

  • Bronson
    2019-03-08 11:07

    An amazing story. I nice quick read that leaves you in awe of Dean's abilities.

  • Matt Frazier
    2019-03-12 14:06

    Inspiring at times ... but there are better books to inspire and inform ultrarunners.

  • Rich Szabo
    2019-02-23 13:42

    This is an autobiography of Dean Karnazes who restarted his former high school running career at age 30 and the incredible events he subsequently completed. What impressed me was the determination and drive Karnazes shows in his psyche. He trains so very hard and gets the results he wants, becoming a master of extreme distance running. The background on his coaches and family is quite telling. Without some of the coaching he had, who knows if he'd even tried to accomplish what he did. He obviously has an incredibly supportive wife who made his feats possible. The fact that he had no children for the earlier part of his running career was certainly a key element of this success, which he acknowledges.As some of the other reviewers mention though, he does seem a bit full of himself at many times. I can't recall him mentioning any other runners he meets along the way. He talks about this cool guy who drives up in a Hummer and starts the race with a brilliant Shakespeare quotation, but we never learn his name. He gives fairly short shrift to his wife's dental career, which if you've ever been married to doctor in training as I can personally attest, you learn that the training for which is probably equally demanding as his running but in different ways. Yet we only see only one or two sentences in the book acknowledging this fact and to make things worse, he blows off his wife on arguably the most important weekend of her entire dental residency, her national boards test. Lastly, you have to consider that he repeatedly refers to himself as crazy in the book, an attribution I've seen from other amazing distance runners, David Clark ("Out There") coming to mind. I believe them when they say this, because the average person in no way could train himself to run a hundred mile race under extreme conditions. You have to throw caution to the wind when pushing your body to these extremes, and the instinct for survival would get in the way of most of us attempting these feats. However, despite all those negatives, I found the book incredibly inspiring and it may yet be the catalyst I need to take my own running to the next level. Get beyond his ego, and enjoy the book for its excellent descriptions of the pain he feels, and the drive he shows to excel.

  • Daniel Solera
    2019-02-28 14:49

    I received this book as a gift from a friend. Having completed my first marathon just a little over a month ago, the timing of the gift was very appropriate. But unlike many people, who run a marathon, hang up their medal and call it quits afterward, I am planning on adding many more miles to my running shoes. Dean Karnazes’ Ultramarathon Man was therefore the perfect inspiration to continue the hobby.Although I must admit, reading this book was akin to a newly recruited soldier reading about the conquests of Alexander the Great. For though one may be rightly proud of his or her accomplishments at the marathon level, Karnazes elevates long-distance running to that of legend. Or, put differently: the marathon runner is to the non-runner what Dean Karnazes is to the marathon runner.His book is written with the same pace as his running clip – fast, energetic and heart-pounding. His childhood and adolescent adventures in running are fun and anecdotal, and his relationships with his siblings and parents serve to provide an emotional framework for his motivation behind running. However, the majority of the book is spent on detailing four superhuman races: the Western States 100-mile Endurance Challenge, the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon, the inaugural marathon to the South Pole, and the Providian Saturn 199-mile Relay. Though a tiny sliver of a minute fraction of the most elite athletes are capable of Karnazes’ feats, he still manages to keep humble throughout his memoir, reminding us of the backbreaking pain that he routinely suffers on his runs, his altruistic causes, and the unconditional support he receives from his family. Some of the highlights of his stories involve the ways his body has reacted towards ultra-endurance races. At one point, he fell asleep while running and kept on running, at another he lost visibility through fogged goggles while running a marathon to the South Pole, and once he actually went legitimately blind for a portion of a race (a condition called “nyctalopia”).Given the subject matter and the narrative pace, I was fully engrossed in this book and managed to finish it in a little over an afternoon. For anyone looking to jump-start their training or wanting to read about a regular guy’s quest to achieve the extraordinary, Karnazes’ story will inspire you.

  • Arminzerella
    2019-03-20 16:46

    Dean Karnazes is one crazy endurance athlete. He ran a little as a teenager, but didn’t really come back to it until he was married with kids and holding down a stressful job. One night he left the bar, ran 30 miles, and – 7 hours later – called his wife to come get him. He was sore, but he was also hooked. After that running became a regular part of his life, and then a more than regular part of his life as he began training for marathons, then ultramarathons, then ultra-ultra marathons – running for more than 100 miles at a time in all kinds of conditions and terrain and testing his body’s (and mind’s) limits. Why does he run? He’s compelled to run, as you, reader, will be compelled to finish this book once you pick it up.I don’t know what Dean Karnazes would do with all of his energy if he didn’t run. You can almost feel it vibrating off of the pages of this book. He’s…intense. And he attacks the challenges he sets himself – almost always succeeding. We should all be so passionate about something in our lives. I don’t know if I’ll take up endurance running/racing, but I sure am tempted/curious to see how far I can go if I just set my mind to it like Dean. Note: My gym friend recommended this to me. As a marathoner, she was excited because she’d gotten to meet Dean a few times (most recently at a running store) and he’d signed her copy of his book. He’s got a lot of wild (and funny, too) stories – I particularly like that he will order pizza while he’s out running (to be delivered to an intersection that he’ll be passing in however long it takes to make it and bring it out to him) and eat it on the run. Wow.

  • Linda
    2019-03-18 09:50

    I’m a runner, so I think I get what motivates someone to train for a marathon. However, running an ultra seems crazy. I wanted to know, how someone goes from being “normal” to even contemplating an Ultra. The book answers that question and gives insight into the mind of an elite athlete.I enjoyed the book. It left me wanting more. A few reviewers fault the author, saying that he #1. is a shameless self-promoter, and #2. is arrogant. Both are true, but neither is necessarily “bad.” God love anyone who can find a way to get paid doing what they love. There are millions of us who like to run. Very few people can make $100 off of it, much less a living. Good for him. As for him being arrogant, I would guess that most extraordinary athletes come off as arrogant, at least some of the time. Confidence often reads as arrogance. I wasn’t crazy about the way he put down track athletes. But this is his book, and he is giving his take on situations. He doesn’t say it outright, but he leaves the impression that his brief experience on the track team led him to give up running in high school. He, probably, gave up running in high school, because he wanted to get high and surf. I’m not saying that flippantly. That is my opinion, based on what is written in the book.I don’t think that you would have to be a runner to enjoy this book, but you, probably, would have to interested in the psychology of an athlete.

  • Craig Toerpe
    2019-02-19 13:44

    As I wrote down some personal goals for myself for 2012, reading 1 book a month, was one of my goals, and I started with this read. Those in the running community, say what you will about Dean and his "sell-out" of ultra running still have to give the guy credit, he IS running the race. I am only a marathoner, have not yet drank enough kool-aid to enter ultras, but the sheer mental strength one needs to complete an ultra is, well, mental.You have to love how is running story began...we all have one if you are a runner. His was pretty interesting...I am not going to give those details away, but I will say, when Dean called home to ask for a ride, I just started laughing. His whole family has embraced his running, and it is a lifestyle. My wife will be the first to admit that fact...the training miles, the diet, the running equipment, the getting together with running friends and talking about running, etc...Looking for inspiration to complete a mile, 5K, 10K, half, full, ultra, or just are fascinated by those who love running, pick up this book.Run Safe...Run Happy

  • Benjamin Butler-bonnice
    2019-03-14 16:56

    "When your going through hell, keep going" was one of the quotes used in this book.. so appropriate for the pain, torment and euphoria which is ultra running. This book, like others of Dean Karnazes is of personally experience, and those personal experiences he goes through are extremely inspiring and refreshing. Dean writes very well and expresses the moments he goes through in turning his life around from a "desk job" to constantly on foot. Ordering pizza on the phone at 3am in the morning while out for a casual 50+ k's, he won't stop to eat, just keep going. If you have ever ran, or have ever felt the euphoric feeling you get "the runners high" while going for a long distance run, or pushing your self to the limits… you will love this book, you won't put it down until its finished, and after its finished you will go for a run! a long one! and you will not want to stop.. just like myself, this book lifted me in moments i needed lifting while doing my own "ultra". If you are not a "runner" or hate running, i would encourage you to read this book, even if it doesn't make you want to run, it will surely inspire you as it is a great story of one mans passion and persistence.

  • Katie
    2019-03-09 11:54

    A quick (one to two days max), fairly interesting read. Karnazes' prose is elementary, but hey, the guy is a runner and a business man, not a Pulitzer winner. Despite this, the book jaunts along at a steady clip (harday har har) and provides some interesting moments along the way. Besides the ins and outs of several of his running adventures, the thing that I most enjoyed from this book was the perspective it can offer in my own life. "Inspiration" is too heavy (and cheesy)a word, as I have absolutely zero intention of becoming any sort of ultra-athlete or anything even remotely resembling such, but I have found myself over the past several days thinking that if this guy in his late 40s can run over 200 consecutive miles, I can probably muster like 5 or 6.As a note regarding other reviewers' comments on his "ego trip" t/o this's there, but in honesty not as bad as I was expecting. I sort of think of it like this: Would I want to hang out with this guy, be friends, etc.? Hell no. His constant self-congratulating would become tiresome quickly. Can I get past his ego stroking to find some nuggets of wisdom or at least an interesting story in his book? Absolutely.

  • Brayden
    2019-02-28 14:42

    Ultra Marathon Man is about a man that loves to run. Deans wife and kids and mom and dad ride in a car and feed him and watch him while he is running. His High School coach helped him accomplish is dream. When he didn't finish his raced he was disappoint and mad at himself. His adventure is when he first took on his first 100 mile race. Dean is the ultra running man and will never give up even it means death.I would describe Dean as he loves to run as you can see, he loves running just like i love soccer. Adrenalin, weakness, disappoint meant, failure, hurt. Is what me and him feel if you lose or give up.I loved this book, i could not put it down. My favorite part is when he ran a marathon in the arctic. He was wearing running shoes crazy!!! I didn't have any dislike moments. His stories were entertaining and interesting. I wish if he would have ended like saying what races he wants to do and what ones he is going to do and planning on doing. Yes, i would recommend this book to anyone. Mostly a person with desire and the true feeling for what they do and always practicing there favorite sport.

  • Patty
    2019-03-16 15:05

    I admire Dean for pursuing his passion, figuring out how to make it part of his daily life while balancing work and family, and running for meaningful causes. Dean tells his story in a very conversational way, and makes his extreme accomplishments relatable. My weekly mileage is what he does in a typical training day, yet I saw some of myself in him. He's transparent in sharing his inner-most thoughts - his joys, fears, self-doubt - and the commitment it takes to even attempt to do what he does. His endurance endeavors are no joke and are to be respected. There's a reason why he got a book deal! His story isn't arrogant; it's honest. There's a huge difference. Anyone who can run 200 miles in a weekend and go to work the following Monday morning is operating on a different level than most of us; he would have every right to toot his own horn but he never really does. He's just sharing his story, and I'm so glad he did. As he says, he's a casual drinker with a running problem. I'd love to join him for a drink or a run anytime!

  • Anita
    2019-03-11 11:44

    Brief account of Dean's running life from childhood and high school to a reawakening on his 30th birthday. Describes the pain, torture, and ultimate rewards of running extreme distances on extreme terrain including the South Pole. Almost incomprehensively, he runs for days and nights at a time, yet still holds down an office career and has time for a family. While it was fun to read about the details of various races, it was thin to absent on details about the rest of his life. I would've been interested to learn more about how he recovered and managed to go to work after some of his ordeals, among other things. Basically an interesting read by a guy who is clearly nuts but somehow makes it work for himself... you go dean!

  • Jenny
    2019-02-22 10:45

    When my hubby suggested reading this book I would never have thought I would not be able to put this book down. This book has made it very difficult for me to put down when. I read this in a space of 2 days. The only reason it took that long was because I had to take care of my family. I felt inspired, uplifted and had an awaking of sorts on Sunday that all started after reading this book. The pain that Dean goes through as he is running all day showed me that we do have the strength with in to over come all things. We just have to reach down in and find a way to push through the pain wither it is physical or mental. We can do anything we put our minds to. My suggestion is to read this even if you never plan on running it could change aditude.

  • Trysha
    2019-02-27 10:55

    My husband read this book and insisted that I read it. "But I don't even like running, so why on Earth would I read about running?" Then I found myself in the car, waiting for my husband to get sushi and the only thing to read/keep me occupied was this book. I was hooked.I'm not going to go running anytime soon, lets get that straight. Sometimes I feel like a lot of memoirs/inspirational type books get preachy, I imagined this book being about eat this/not that, do as I say and you can look like me! Not at all.I won't post any spoilers, but you have to read about the pizza and cheesecake. That's what hooked me.Karnazes is funny, engaging and has a good story to tell.

  • Beckie
    2019-03-02 15:07

    I loved this book. I was on a flight with a free newspaper and read about Dean and this book, liked the article and bought the book. I'm NOT A RUNNER! In fact I'm disabled and can hardly walk. I found this book inspirational. Its not about winning or losing, it's about your goals and getting out and giving it a go. People have slatted this book because of how Dean describes himself. I didn't find this off putting at all. Basically one day he reevaluates his life and uses running to balance it out. I've now since tried things that I thought impossible before because of this book. I personally couldn't put it down. I suppose it depends on why you are reading it, but for me I loved it.