I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It is rather motivational. Even if you never plan (or want) to run extreme distances, it does pick you up for those short runs too - i.e. if he can drag his butt through 199 miles, why can't I just finish this 5 miles?
He is very extreme and I imagine it's a good thing there are few like him - I believe that running is good for body and soul, but don't think we should push ourselves to the extent that these extreme runners do.
I find it amazing that he can fit a family life and a job into his reality, but he claims to do so. Makes me feel lazy with my one hour a day to hear how he runs, literally, from Friday night to Sunday evening, then goes back to work on Monday morning.
Sigh... I really gotta keep his determination in mind when I give up on my marathon training mid-season because I find it too time-consuming. The narration is good, and there's no sense of the author being "full of himself". He has done amazing things with his body... good for him!
If you've ever wondered -- as I have:
"Why would anyone want to run great distances?"
"Are those people just immune to pain?"
Or, "What does it really take to complete an ultra marathon?"
This book not only helps to answer those questions, but tells it through the eyes, heart, mind, and body of one of the most heroic ultra marathon runners alive.
Hearing Dean's story, why he runs, and the trials he endured as part of all of his accomplishments was very inspiring. It makes me want to go out and run further and push myself harder every day. And I liked that he lives by one of my favorite quotes: "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go"
Great story by a great runner and person. Very inspirational!!! Great narration. Love the quotes!! Keep on running and telling stories about it.
A wonderful true story about someone who had running talent as a boy, had his passion for running ruined by a careless comment from a mean coach, was going in a wrong direction as an adult, only to put on his running shoes in the middle of the night and not look back. He tells running stories that are almost unbelievable and definitely are inspirational.
His personal stories.
When he was running in the dessert.
The main character: the author.
Dean K. is an amazing individual. His story is well worth listening to.
The story is very captivating and it kept me entertained. The narration is great too. I was surprised that although I'm not a runner I still very much enjoyed the book.
Say something about yourself!
This book has been an inspiration to stop holding myself back and just run more. Don't worry about working up to something. Just find your limits. Stop worrying about little aches and pains. Most of us have learned to pamper ourselves and avoid discomfort. It is time to seek a different, more rewarding, and more difficult path.
Some reviewers say the book is too egotistical. Only mildly so. It is an autobiography, what did you expect he was going to write about? It will motivate you out of your comfort zone.