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Ultramarathon Man: Confessions Of An All Night Runner Dean Karnazes

Ultramarathon Man: Confessions Of An All Night Runner

Dean Karnazes

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ISBN : 9783936994384
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Ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes claims There is magic in misery. While it would be easy to write off his habit of running for 100 miles at a timeor longeras mere masochism, its impossible to not admire his tenacity in pushing his body to reach oneMoreUltra-marathoner Dean Karnazes claims There is magic in misery. While it would be easy to write off his habit of running for 100 miles at a time—or longer—as mere masochism, its impossible to not admire his tenacity in pushing his body to reach one extreme goal after another. Sure, its gory to read about how he lost one of his big toenails from shoe friction during the Western States Endurance Run. But what registers more is that heres a guy competing in an event that includes 38,000 feet of elevation change--the equivalent of scaling the Empire State Building 30 times. Despite his considerable athleticism, Karno argues that the first half of any race is run with ones body, and the second half with the mind. Without delving into excessively touchy-feely territory, he explores the possibilities of self as he completes an ultra-marathon in 120-degree heat in Death Valley, and later the first-ever marathon at the South Pole. Its an odd combination: a California surfer dude contemplating how, as Socrates said, Suffering leads to wisdom. But Karnazess self-motivation is utterly intriguing, and its impossible to read this memoir without wanting to go out and run a marathon yourself.--Erica Jorgensen