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Seeking Ultra - Six Months From My First Jog to My First Ultramarathon - at 43 years old - a running story (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Paul Klipp

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Could you run an ultra marathon, more than 55 kilometres over mountains and rough terrain, six months from today?

I asked myself that question in January of 2013, and would never have imagined the answer. Six months later, I was in the mountains, in the cold, at midnight, in shorts, facing an adventure I’ll never forget. Why? Because no one told me it couldn’t be done.

I’m 43 years old. I’ve never exercised in my life. I couldn’t run a hundred paces last January without collapsing in anguish. Now a marathon is a training run for me. I’ve been known to run twenty or more miles on a whim, alone.

In this book, much of it written during those first six months as I was training, I capture what it was like to go from a middle-aged couch potato to running in my first ultra marathon. I talk about diet, training plans, pain, and overcoming mental and physical limitations. I found a new love and a new respect for myself and for human potential.

It’s a short book. You can read it in an hour, but I hope what I learned lingers with you much longer than that, and changes your life the way it changed mine.

This is not a running guide. I made a lot of mistakes and was lucky to avoid getting injured, but the process taught me a lot and I hope my experiences can help others to avoid some of the mistakes that I made.

In this second edition, I've added more content based on feedback from readers. Thank you for helping me to improve the book!




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"very empowering and uplifting"


Great read for the "ultra-curious"


"very enjoyable reading"


"It was inspiring"


"good window into the world of ultra running"


"useful tips for the mid-pack runner who is "ultra-curious" "


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Toward places and goals, he 'might never have imagined.' See... 8 mai 2014
Par Jeff Sekerak - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Paul Klipp is a man who made a decision. He went from self-proclaimed 'couch potato' to developing such a state of superb fitness that he felt compelled to enter his first ultra marathon. And he did it, in just six months. On the 'surface,' the author made what some might call a 'rash' decision. And did so, for a disarmingly simple reason: He wanted to run with a soon-to-be-visiting friend, who was already an accomplished runner. Yet Klipp's simple decision to NOT embarrass himself when taking to street or trail with said friend, led the author/runner to among the most transforming accomplishments of his life. And the 'best part?'

You get to read, all about it...

In clean, concise, simple prose that is easy to understand, and refreshingly 'easy on the eye' as well. In his excellent, 50-pager, Klipp breaks down a handful of the 'why's' he decided (at post-40, mind you) to go from couch, to trail. To go from poor diet, to 'much improved,' I'd say. To go, in many ways, from 'standard,' to...extraordinary. Plus: He explains more than a few of his training methods, food choices, and developing attitudes, as he approaches what turns out to be quite an eventful race day. The author also includes explanations and photos of gear he found helpful, during his journey. It's a great, short read - whether you're a runner, or not.

Personally? I'm more of a sprinter, 'insane' stair-climber, and practitioner of the 'Herschel Walker' style fighting/calisthenic method. Yet I do run between 5 and 10 miles daily, in homemade sandals; so I found Klipp's story, from a practical standpoint, engaging as well. Plus, as I often tell friends/clients, I personally transformed myself (via changed diet, sandal-running, calisthenics) from an 'over the hill fast-food addict,' into a 'healthy eating fitness machine' - and did so, post-40. So it always makes me happy to read of another 'comrade in fitness,' who has done likewise...

Be he of ultra marathon discipline, or other.

In short? High, high marks for this booklet, from me. It's inspirational. It's practical for the running enthusiast. It's written in a beautifully simple, enjoyable style. And it DOES contain a bit of a 'twist' ending which I, though I like to consider myself a somewhat avid reader, did not see coming. I won't reveal that 'twist,' yet I'll tell you this: It has to do with the author's being (some might say), 'honest to a fault.' It has also to do with his ability to 'never say die,' even in the face of challenges that would, no doubt, waylay many an aspiring 'Ultra Man.'

Great stuff here, this book. You'll love it, I'll wager. I did! And lest I forget: I'm glad the simple, often seemingly 'out of the blue' decision - like the one where you embrace extreme running, to simply join a visiting athlete friend once, casually, in his chosen sport? - can lead a good man toward 'lofty' places and goals. Ones, in fact, when he made that 'fateful' decision...

He might never have imagined.

J. S.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 great read 27 janvier 2014
Par Richard Triggs - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I found this book by accident and really enjoyed it. I am just starting my own training from zero base and this this book will be a great resource and inspiration.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A short, honest account that motivates and inspires. 23 août 2014
Par Mr. C. Thompson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I really enjoyed reading this very honest account of Paul's ambitious mission to run an Ultra Marathon with only 6 months training. I bought his book on Kindle after being inspired by a short talk on Listening he did at Agile Lean Europe. It's only a short book (my favourite type) which I read in under an hour, but it left me feeling motivated to be more courageous with my own aspirations. I might even get back into running!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 good read 14 août 2014
Par Stephen Reid - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I like Paul's honesty. There are many elements of running that show us we are human & make mistakes. Sharing them helps remind us we are part of the stupidity of life!

Having just completed my first ultra marathon, I laughed out loud with Paul & was there every step. Good on you for sharing your story & good luck completing what you set out to do.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 From couch to 5(0)k 21 mars 2014
Par carguello - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Very interesting and quick read--I read it in one sitting on my cell phone. It was inspiring to read about a guy who was self-proclaimed unhealthy and out of shape, and who ran in an ultra marathon only six months into his running career. I'm considering signing up for my first ultra this year, so this was exactly what I needed to read. Thanks!
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