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Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner [Format Kindle]

Dean Karnazes
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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 time—or longer—as mere masochism, it's impossible to not admire his tenacity in pushing his body to reach one extreme goal after another. Sure, it's 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 here's 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 one's 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. It's an odd combination: a California surfer dude contemplating how, as Socrates said, "Suffering leads to wisdom." But Karnazes's self-motivation is utterly intriguing, and it's impossible to read this memoir without wanting to go out and run a marathon yourself.--Erica Jorgensen

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Many would see running a marathon as the pinnacle of their athletic career; thrill-seeker Karnazes didn't just run a marathon, he ran the first marathon held at the South Pole. The conditions were extreme—"breathing the superchilled air directly [without a mask] could freeze your trachea"—yet he craved more. Also on his résumé: completing the Western States 100-mile endurance run and the Badwater 135-mile ultramarathon through Death Valley (which he won), as well as a 199-mile relay race... with only himself on his team. This running memoir (written without a coauthor) paints the picture of an insanely dedicated—some may say just plain insane—athlete. In high school, Karnazes ran cross-country track, but when his favorite coach retired, he quit the sport. Fifteen years later, on his 30th birthday (in 1992), on the verge of an early midlife crisis, he threw on his old shoes and ran 30 miles on a whim. The invigorating feeling compelled him to pursue the world of ultramarathons (any run longer than 26.2 miles). "Never," Karnazes writes, "are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in." Yet his masochism is a reader's pleasure, and Karnazes's book is intriguing. Casual runners will find inspiration in Karnazes's determination; nonathletes will have the evidence once and for all that runners are indeed a strange breed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Extraordinarily inspiring, a MUST read 26 mars 2007
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This is one of the best books I have ever read! It was also a very emotional book to read for me, especially the part describing the Western States 100 mile run which is on the same trail as the Tevis Cup 100 horse event which I have completed several times, it brought tears of emotion to my eyes at the memories of the beauty and toughness of that country. Dean Karnazes will inspire you, will affect the way you approach not only sports but life, you simply got to read this book, trust me on that!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ouvre les yeux 17 mai 2015
Par J.B.
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Pas particulièrement fan du concept "quelque chose de plus grand que nous me regarde courir et aime ça quand je me dépasse", j'ai tout de même beaucoup aimé cet ouvrage, très instructif, amusant, et capable de remettre les choses en perspectives (disons que je me plains moins quand j'ai mal après avoir couru 15km).
Bien écrit, amusant, émouvant, je le recommande.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 AMAZING BOOK AND AUTHOR 13 juillet 2012
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I really fell in love with this book!
I would say that he is an AMAZING author.
He gave me the inspiration to finally try an ultra..!
I truly recommend this book, you won't regret it!

I've read also his other books.. Couldn't leave them until i finished.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well Written; Very Readable 6 décembre 2014
Par Jeff511W
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Dean Karnazez has a story to tell and he's great with the written word. His humor comes through as well as the pain and suffering he experiences.

A great read that that I didn't want to put down.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A running and marketing sensation 4 août 2006
Par David C. Burgess - Publié sur Amazon.com
Dean Karnazes is a phenomenon: frequent guest on television and radio shows; subject of numerous articles and magazine cover shots; regular columnist in Men's Health magazine; popular keynote speaker. Karnazes has been acclaimed in various magazines as perhaps "the fittest man in the world," "the ultimate running specimen," "the quintessential ultramarathoner," an "ultrarunning legend," and "the perfect beast." And it all was kicked off by his best-selling book, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner.

Karnazes refers to himself as an ordinary person with no special talent, who has performed amazing feats simply by dint of high ambition and unwavering determination.

Karnazes' resolve is indisputable. But he underrates his inherent abilities. His book describes various endurance exploits accomplished as a child and youth, as well as the unusually quick progress he made when he seriously took up long distance running as an adult. These are signs of a person who has exceptional natural stamina. Determination (and even diligent training) alone would not be sufficient to produce his results as an endurance athlete.

Karnazes also has rare energy. He writes of frequently running much of the night during the weekends and then spending active days with his family. He says he often gets by on four hours of sleep per night for extended periods. He tells about running for almost 48 hours straight, covering 200 miles, and then devoting several hours to dash about an amusement park with his kids. Most people could not come close to matching his vitality, no matter how resolute they might be.

While Karnazes may consider himself an ordinary person, he asserts that he is accomplishing things that are extraordinary, even unprecedented. But his achievements, notable as they may be, are not always as great as some of the hype surrounding them might suggest.

Karnazes indicates in his book that he found it more and more difficult to find organized events that supplied the challenge he sought. Thus, he started creating his own extreme events. In that vein, Karnazes' next big endeavor is to run 50 marathons in the 50 states in 50 consecutive days, beginning on September 17, 2006. The website promoting this venture states that Karnazes "will transcend preconceived notions of human endurance." And Karnazes has declared, "To my knowledge, no one has ever attempted this before."

Nevertheless, a relatively unknown runner, Sam Thompson, raising money for Hurricane Katrina relief, is on course to complete the same feat on August 19, 2006, before Karnazes even begins his attempt. (Thompson is not charging anything for people to run with him, while Karnazes is charging $100 per person. Given Karnazes' star power, he very well may get more takers than Thompson has, notwithstanding the hefty participation fee.)

While presumably unaware of Thompson's plan, Karnazes certainly must have known that others have performed consecutive day running exploits that are even more impressive. A few examples:

* Participants in the 2002 and 2004 Runs Across America averaged over 43 miles per day for 71 days in running more than 3,080 miles.

* Finishers must complete the annual Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race in Queens, New York in 51 days or less, requiring an average of over 60 miles a day.

* In 2005, Andrew Thompson completed the rugged and mountainous 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail in 47-1/2 days, averaging over 45 miles a day.

* In 2005, 55-year old David Horton completed the equally difficult 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail (going from the U.S. border with Mexico to the U.S. border with Canada) in 66 days, averaging 40 miles a day.

In more standard competitive ultramarathon events, Karnazes' record, though quite respectable, is by no means unrivaled:

* His best time in the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run is more than two hours slower than the best time of seven-time winner Scott Jurek.

* His fastest performance in the Badwater Ultramarathon is two hours and forty-six minutes slower than that of Jurek.

* In the International Association of Ultrarunners 2005 24-Hour World Challenge, Karnazes finished 29th in the male division, running 136.2 miles in 24 hours, compared to 166.5 miles for the winner, Anatoliy Kruglikov of Russia. In addition, five women finished ahead of Karnazes.

A cyclist who finished 29th in the Tour de France or a runner who finished 29th in the Olympic Marathon would not be lionized as Karnazes has been. Indeed, Karnazes has received far more attention than the 28 men and the 5 women who finished ahead of him in the 24-Hour World Challenge put together. Why?

Karnazes has been very skillful in promoting himself. He has put his background as a marketing professional to good use. He clearly has a hunger for fame. He has written an entertaining book. He is a good-looking guy, with what he describes in his book as a "chiseled build." He has a lively sense of humor. He is media savvy. He has astute commercial instincts. And since the sphere of ultramarathoning is relatively obscure and not as tightly organized as most more established sports, it is easier to create an exaggerated impression of an ultramarathoner's ability with the general public through clever marketing.

Some admire Karnazes for his marketing prowess. Others find him self-absorbed and overly concerned with image.

To his credit, Karnazes has used his renown to raise money for worthy charitable causes. He also has inspired people to stretch their limits beyond what they thought possible. He no doubt has more challenges in store.

David C. Burgess
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 THE MAN INTRIGUED ME... 29 mars 2005
Par Tim Janson - Publié sur Amazon.com
i read this book in one day after seeing a piece that 60 minutes did on him as well as Dean's female rival. The amazing thing about these two as well as many of the runners who compete in the badwater is that they are not young by any means. I think this is a real inspiration to those of us in our 40's who think that athletics is for the young. if any thing, I think the maturity of Dean and the others is one of their greatest strenghts in running these ultra-marathons. It not only takes enourmous athletic ability, but also incredible discipline to pace yourself and an unbelievable tolerance for pain.

Dean's stories of stopping at the 7-11 store or ordering a pizza while running are hilarious and I did not find him to be sexist in anyway, especially since he was defeated by a woman twice in the badwater run. This is a truly inspiring story not only for athletes, but for people in general as Dean clearly displays that running these races is not all about body it's just as much, if not more, about having a strong mind and will. Something that people can apply in their everyday life.

This really was one of the most inspirational and fulfilling books I've read in quite some time.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I GET IT BUT I REALLY DON'T 28 avril 2005
Par L. Charles Wimer III - Publié sur Amazon.com
As a marathoner in my mid-40's, I bought this book with great anticipation. Dean takes the reader on a journey through countless miles but somehow the "marathons" stop short. In all honesty, I have survived 186 pages of this extra ordinary mans expose'. What I have been left with is an egotistical, self-serving man on a quest for God knows what. It's one race after another. Never does he tell about his recovery period or a summary of the physical abuse he puts himself through. Dean is rare and God knows he doesn't lack confidence or an ego. Sorry Dean -- I expected so much more!!!!!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 About as bad as a book can be 5 février 2006
Par William - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have trouble describing how just how bad this book is. Those who have not read it might think that I'm exaggerating. But I owe it to humanity (especially runners) to give it my best shot.

First, to describe the writing as sophomoric would be an act of kindness. Was there no editor? Every character speaks like the same person talking; and they all sound like a Marine from a really bad B movie. Did someone really say, "The name's Rock. At least that's what my friends call me."? Anyway, everyone in the freaking book talks like that. Everyone!

Second, Karnazes makes each of his running endeavors sound like some kind of holy experience in which he turns out to be the god of running. He details his high school running career -- which was really only one season as a freshman cross country runner. He ran one race with the varsity team, but makes it sound like he saved the team (he obviously came in 5th of the runners on his team).

After the cross country season, he was then going to run track, but the track coach laughed at his statement, "I run with my heart." So he quit and "I didn't run again for fifteen years." Huh? One statement from a coach and he didn't run again for 15 years? He didn't even run cross country again the next season?

Third, all credibility is destroyed again and again. For example, the book shows an elevation profile of the Boston Marathon course versus the Western States 100. The problem is that it's not the Boston profile (which is readily accessible from the marathon's website). Later he states that given the "traditional running adage that you need one week of recover for every mile you race", he'd need 14.5 years rest from one summer of racing. Every moderately knowledgeable runner knows that it's one day per mile of racing, not one week.

Finally, the repeatedly feigned modesty, followed by immensely self-grandizing blather just gets old. I could barely stand to read the next page, and only continued so that my running buddies and I could laugh about the book during our long runs.

Karnazes's book sounds like someone attempting to impress their Uncle Joey (who has never run a mile in his life) during Thanksgiving dinner. He exaggerates, misstates, and attempts to make clichés sound philosophically deep. My guess is that he could have written a good book by being truthful and modest about his accomplishments. But he didn't. Perhaps he could have summed up the pain of running an ultra marathon as being greater than the pain of finishing his book. Now that would put things in perspective.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 If you want inspiration... 2 novembre 2006
Par D. Raudebaugh - Publié sur Amazon.com
I really wanted to like this book, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't. It is just filled with so much self-indulgence that it literally makes your head spin. Rather than cover off many of the points that have already been made, I'll make several other recommendatins:

1) Running with the Buffaloes: true account of the 1998 Colorodo Varsity cross country team. Lots of drama, humility and implied training advice

2) Once a Runner: Fictional cult classic.

3) The Greatest: Autobiography of one of the world's truly fittest men, Haile Gebresellasie. Undefeated over 10,000m for 8 years.

I've read each of these books and everytime, I was dying to get out for a run.
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