*Ultra Marathon Man: Confessions of an all night runner by Dean Karnazes

I picked this up from one of my students and started flipping through it for fun, but then I couldn’t put it down, so I asked to take it home, and I finished it in an evening.  It’s a quick read, and I quickly felt overwhelming guilt for all the times I whined during a 3 or 4 mile run.  This guy completes ultra marathons like the Western States 100 which stretches up and down mountains and a 135 mile run through Death Valley where temperatures run so high he has to run on the painted white line of the highway to keep his shoes from melting.  This is way over the top stuff.  But in addition to describing several of the most grueling physical challenges he’s faced, he also gives the history of his running career (cross country star by 8th grade) and his running hiatus (didn’t run from age 15 to 30).  He’s a quirky, super motivated, challenge-seeking individual.  He seemed ready to take on anything, and right now, that’s inspiring to me.  I”m not sure I’ll get beyond my usual 3 or 4 miles, but I think I”m willing to push a little harder since finishing this book.  (memoir)

One comment

  1. Ha, I read this a few years ago and forgot about it until read your post… I remember feeling a bit uncomfortable reading it, with its quite graphic descriptions of his physical deterioration during an ultra. Thinking why the HECK would anyone do this to themselves. And then fantacizing about someday running just a regular marathon myself… maybe someday. Or not.

    Also like how you review 9th gr curriculum books, good memories of a couple. Some more than others.


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