Motivational for any Ultra Person in any field. Makes you want to push past what ever limit your currently at. Ends up affecting all parts of your life!!
I gave it a good rating because it gives Dean's full story from the humble beginnings of his life running, why he stopped, and what made him pick it up again. It made him "human", which contradicted the feedback of others and how inflated he became. I don't want to say he became "inflated" per se, but the challenges he took on as he took on after the Western States 100 (that part I loved to listen to by the way!) those unheard of challenges made a listener feel out of touch as the book went on. I did not finish it.
Dianne in Canada
Very inspiring, great narrator. I was only disappointed that Dean didn't reveal more about his daily nutrition when he's training. He didn't really talk all that much about what he eats...at least not in any detail that it was helpful. Great book anyway and very inspirational.
This book is amazing. Dean Karnazes writes in an easy to read style and tells the suffering and pleasures of running ultra-marathons (both physical and mental.) Highly recommended.
For some reason I expected an Ultra-athlete to be more "turned on" to life, himself, the world around him. For example, if your muscles seize up and you yak all over your steering wheel, did you do any research to find out why this happened so as to take preventative measures and share your wisdom with other runners? No. I think that's why this book comes across as self-congratulatory...lacks introspection, in my opinion. Unlike his runs, this book is flat.
As a climber and runner, I have learned separate the so called soul-riders from the ego-riders. The soul-rider doesn't have to spray about his experiences to extract richness from them. On the other hand, the ego-rider is the guy at the gym that everybody wishes to silence. I hoped to hear more perspective and insight on this man's experience instead of arrant bragging.