One year after her astonishing victory at the Badwater Ultramarathon, Pam Reed again made distance running history when she braved the hottest weather in years - 135 degrees - to successfully defend her title. How does this 100-pound mother and stepmother of five muster the endurance and courage for the 28-hour climb from the hottest desert floor on Earth to the shadow of the continental United States' tallest point?
In The Extra Mile we watch this ultramarathon champion seek balance in her life as a wife, mother, athlete, and entrepreneur. With astonishing candor she tells of her 15-year-long battle with anorexia. And she helps us to understand her passion for ultrarunning - to discover how far the human body can be pushed.
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I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
The first time I heard Pam Reed's name was in 2003. The story of her being the first place winner of the Badwater 135 barely made news in even the running magazines, while I think it should have made national news. It served as an inspiration for my own endurance cycling and led me into the crazy world of 24 hour mountain bike racing.
The book fills in many of the gaps that anything less that a full time stalker would know about her racing, training and personal life. It's honest, sometimes brutally so, in her telling to personal challenges, racing life, and her reluctance as a sports personality. Her accomplishments are amazing, her path unusual and her story is fascinating. Definitely a must read for any endurance athlete who loves a good inspirational story.
Say something about yourself!
This is similar to Dean Karno's book, but not nearly as interesting. Both books are very focused on lives of a single person, but Pam Reed's story does not have many events that are interesting to other people beyond her long-distance running.
OK. Seemed like she played a victim role in any dispute in her life that did not go her way- too many excuses. But she overcame a lot to become a great athlete.
There is no doubt that Pam Reed is an amazing athlete. Her accomplishments are unfortunately not know outside of the ultra community. While this book helps to explain much of her background leading up to being a writer as well as her personal struggles in life, I felt it lacked some details about her races that I was hoping for. Also, she would've benefited from using a professional co-author as there were times when her writing came across as very amateurish.
But I don't feel it was a waste of my time. I still found it generally enjoyable and would recommend it especially to a female old for a runner.
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