6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ultra Marathon Man Book Review

Taking the train has been RELAXING, amazingly I have time to read, in fact I just finished "Ultra Marathon Man," by Dean Karnazes. I am sure many of you read this book years ago, but being fairly new to running I am a little late to the party. It is amazing to read about someone who pushes the body and mind further than most think is possible. 100 mile ultra through rivers waist deep and over mountain passes. A Marathon on the South pole where his face mask was frozen to his face. In Death Valley his first pair of shoes melted on the pavement and bread toasted before it got to his mouth. A 199 mile relay race completed as a team of 1. Imagine running 10 Marathons back to back, yep Dean ran 262 miles non-stop, the third night without sleep, he was sleep running. He does this for himself but he also runs to raise money for Charity. AMAZING!! The last page of the book says it best:

  • "I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go."

I have read both of Dean's books and I am a HUGE fan of his writing. Check out his website HERE, for fun click on the Dave Letterman clip to the right, it is pretty funny for a non-runner to interview this super-human ultra runner. I also own the 50 in 50 DVD and it is GREAT!!

This weekend I will run my 3rd Marathon... nothing compared to Dean but maybe I will run past the finish...27 miles perhaps, nothing big but to know that I CAN go beyond 26.2 is pretty cool!! An ultra is anything further than 26.2...Tall Mom may never run 100 miles, but steps beyond 26.2, that is doable. Thanks for the INSPIRATION Dean!!!

If you ever watch "How I Met Your Mother" then you know the term Doppelganger.... Well I am pretty sure that I will be running with Dean's Doppelganger... Uncanny...
Meet Dean lookalike and my new running buddy (my friend Corie's hubby) Ironman Jon. Hopefully he will run SLOW and not leave me in the dust on Saturday. Afterall this is a TRAINING Marathon just before TAPER!!!

9 comments:

Tortuga_Runner said...

Yes, I did read this book some time ago, but am inspired to pick it up again for a re-read. Thanks!!!

Michelle said...

Awesome. I'll have to check this out. Good luck this weekend!

Staci Dombroski said...

I love his story and his inspiration! I will have to check out the book soon. Have a wonderful weekend :)

Marlene said...

I've read 50/50 by Dean but not Ultra Marathon Man... thanks for the review and YAY for enjoying reading time on the train!

Melissa Bitton said...

Don't we all wish we had the physical and mental endurance of Dean! He's running in the Eye-Q Ultra-Marathon in Fresno...pacing the first 5 miles with the group. It sounds SO fun. That could be a good goal to go steps beyond a marathon: 50K

Miriam said...

The world of Ultramarathons is completely different. They are usually more casual and tend to be on trail. I did my first one (a 50k) last Sunday, but my hubby has been involved in them for years, so I'm used to the culture. These ultramarathoners make it look easy.

Fair Weather Runner said...

hahah we love that show, it was a doppelganger episode rerun last night. loved it. and don't worry, i haven't read that either, still trying to finish born to run. pitiful! :) GOOD LUCK.

Katie @ www.princessofpavement.com said...

I love How I Met Your Mother!!! Have a great marathon!

Sarah said...

Wow, I just heard about this book twice last week from friends and family. I cant wait to read it! Apparently Dean has a blog on Runners World too.

Thanks for the info, I will be picking this up for sure :)

Congrats on the 3rd marathon too!!