David Clark went from the rock bottom of bankruptcy, addiction, and obesity to becoming an accomplished athlete. In this compelling story of his life, he not only shares his journey with complete honesty, but he also lays out a blueprint for change that anyone can use to redefine what is possible.
Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery is the story of a man who never had a chance to find out who he was. Growing up in the hardest of circumstances, poor, homeless, and traveling the country in his father's pickup truck, David Clark was no stranger to the hard knocks of life. Yet, without the benefit of any formal education in his early years, he lifted himself all the way up to owning a chain of 13 retail stores by the time he was 29 years old only to lose it all to addiction, poor choices, and tough economic breaks. In the aftermath, David started spiraling toward death, spending years eating recklessly, drinking and drugging himself, and growing farther and farther away from everyone around him. One day the thought occurred to him: "if I don't change today, I will die." David went on to completely redefine himself, his values, and his very way of looking at life. He lost over 150 pounds and kept it off - not only that, but he went on to compete in some of the toughest endurance events in the world. Today David is a loving father of three, running coach, sponsored runner, speaker, and gym owner. He dedicates his time to sharing the story of how we can all change everything about ourselves if we want to badly enough. Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery is the unwashed and unfiltered reality of David's journey. It is brutally and unflinchingly honesty and a testament to the power of redemption and the human spirit.
©2014 David Clark (P)2015 David Clark
I expected this audiobook as the typical rock-bottom story of addiction and survival. But it’s so much more than that.. It’s exciting and raw and riveting—a real-life story about a guy who just refused to give up. David Clark pulls no punches in telling us what he’s been through, and it will be a long, long time before I get this book out of my head. It is a inspiring book.
This book could have been so much better (for me) if the writer had condensed the first half about his years of drug addiction down a little. Actually by about 2/3. After the first ten chapters (that's right I said ten chapters) of explanation we finally get to the running part. However, the writing overall and the narration is excellent and made even the first ten chapters bearable. I have to admit, I got this book for its running theme, not the addiction stuff.
My suggestion: If you want to read about running, skip most of the first ten chapters and just take my word he had a bunch of addiction issues. If you are interested in his addiction days, read (or listen) to it all. I don't think you will be disappointed either way.
I listened to it all and gave it a four star overall...but it could have been better
Interesting story of addiction, recovery and overcoming the odds. Nice narration. Gives hope and healing to those still suffering from addiction and obesity.
I was intrigued by the title and thumbnail. I am in recovery and have completed a half dozen marathons. As an orthopedic surgeon friend told me, I am now an endorphin junkie. Perhaps so. If so, David has left me in the dust. As I looked through some of the reviews before mine, if one reads it only from the perspective of one community, recovery or running/ultra running, one will most probably feel far too much of the story is allocated to the other perspective. But realizing that the alcoholic/addict lifestyle prior to entering recovery was almost as much of a marathon as the recovery, training and ultra running became, one must realize that both facets of the journey were long and grueling. I did find myself thinking more than a few times, however, that there can be no true 'ultra' recovery until one dies clean, sober and at peace. To me, that is ultra recovery. Until then, I'm still "trudging the road of happy destiny."
love it very much this is the way a person shel bring mining to the ward acamplishment and fulfelment,
I really loved the book, my only complaint is that the addiction phase of the book takes 10 chapters. I feel this could have been cut in half and still told the full story.
I would recommend the book to friends.
Out there is an autobiography of David who encounters all the bad things--job loss, addiction, and weight issues. He overcomes it all with tenacity and the support of his long-time wife. The best thing about this story is Mr. Clark's raw honesty.
I was moved by the author's relationship with his father. My father recently died, and it was a little cathartic to hear the wise words taken to heart.
I thought Al Kessel did a terrific job of bringing the right cadence to the story. I felt as if I was listening to the author and not someone just reading the story.
The whole thing. I have had similar problems on a smaller level--it made me feel much better to know that there are many out there with challenges.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed the description of the various races but that was toward the end of the book. Mostly it was a story of self abuse, which was pretty much a downer until his recovery.
As a keen runner i was expecting to be entertained and informed by someone who has definitely 'been there and got the T shirt'.
And, like a good endurance athlete i stuck with it to the bitter end, hour upon hour of torturous and irrelevant detail about his personal life and battle with various addictions.
But the real problem with this book is that, as relevant as some of the details might be, its just badly written.
Not all singers get to perform in front of thousands, likewise not all artists have there work on display in top gallery's, there just not at that level yet, and as an author 'David Clark' is just not at the level necessary to keep an audience entertained and interested.
Brilliant just Brilliant!
He has shared his life and changed mine.
Get out there and LIVE
A truly epic story of a man who turned his life around. I recommend this to everyone I know who is aiming at some kind of transformation, or people looking for motivation. Fantastic
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