©2005 Dean Karnazes; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
"Karnazes' book is intriguing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Charming and surprisingly quirky, providing the perfect escapist fantasy for couch potatoes and weekend warriors alike." (Kirkus Reviews)
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.
My reviews are always pending.
If you want a feel good story than this book is for you. The story is light and somewhat redundant. Just okay.
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.
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