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Book Review, Ultra Marathon Man, Confessions Of An All-Night Runner

posted January 27, 2006 @ 4:30 PM  |  Book and Movie Reviews category

We are pleased to offer you Dave Petkovsek's review of the book, Ultra Marathon Man, Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes.

Dave writes:

I enjoyed this book probably because I love/hate to run and enjoy endurance events. The book is about an athlete who runs incredible distances. He has completed many races over 100 miles and has a personal longest of 226 miles nonstop! The book highlights 3 or 4 key races and describes the trials and tribulations of the struggles inherent to run those distances.

There are two quotes I would like to share:

1. "There's really no mystery to what I do, However. It hurts me just as bad as anyone else. I've just learned an essential insight: your legs can only carry you so far. Running great distances is mostly done with your head... and, as Benner taught me twenty-five years ago, your heart. The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our percieved limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possiblities are endless."

2. "As a running buddy once said to me: Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming;'Wow! What a ride!'"

If you are looking for inspiration or motivation to push yourself harder, this is the book for you. If you are looking for training methods, spiritual guidance or racing tips, look elsewhere.

Review by Dynoswimmer and avid triathlete, Dave Petkovsek.

You can learn more about this book, by visiting Ultramarathon Man

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