Look, DK's Ultramarathon Man is one of the factors that put me on the (then inconceivable) road to running ultramarathons. I own just about everything every published on the sport and have been a subscriber to UltraRunning for about 5 years; however, this whimsical - and admittedly enjoyable and easy-to-read - account of the 50/50 is not a valuable training source. Had Dean simply titled it "50/50: My story", then I would probably have given it 5-stars, but my lower ranking is for the benefit of those who - like me - are considering parting with hard-earned money for an insightful training tool - and this isn't it. Instead, try something in line with Don Allison's "A Step Beyond..."/Happy Trails/K
I wanted to like this book; I really did. There is nothing I like better than a great athlete inspiring me to get off the couch, hit my goals, and stop feeling sorry for myself. (OK, maybe a great spiritual journey, but you get the idea). For frame of reference, I'm a "Through My Eyes," "Quiet Strength" fan. But this book read more like a "what I did on my summer vacation" narrative than it did a compelling, motivating, "how to win" tome. It dutifully goes thru the What and Where, but almost nothing about the Why and How. Maybe there just isn't that much profound that K can verbalize--like trying to explain great art or music, it loses something in the translation. But then, why write the book? $$$
Great stories and tips though not my favorite work from Dean. Still an AMAZING accomplishment in his long list of amazing accomplishments. Hard to even imagine the rare air in the ultra running community that Dean occupies. Make me feel like the meager marathon I crank out is just a walk in the park. No doubt Dean is a gifted physical specimen also possessing iron clad mental fortitude (10 Bad Waters...geezzzzzz). Keep em coming and I'll keep reading em!
It might seem impossible for any human being to run 50 marathons in 50 consecutive day and in each 50 USA state. Well its possible. Dean Karnazes did it. We all don't have the same gifts and what I have learned from reading this book is that... well its best described in a quote that he had in his latest book... "GIVING ANYTHING LESS THAN YOUR BEST IS TO SACRIFICE THE GIFT," this is a quote by Steve Prefontaine.
And that is exactly it. He has a gift and he gives it his all. It is so motivating to see someone almost abuse a gift into lengths unimaginable by most. So what I took from this is that if you have a talent, whatever it is, whether it be cooking, or writing, or fixing cars... give it your all. Give it all you have. Don't sacrifice the gift.
I took me about 2 months to read this. Not because it’s bad, but because is really a hard reading format. The author tried to compile a story and a useful technical book. It is okay, but a prefer more scientific books.
In conclusion, it is a good read for any runner, but it is not what I was hoping for. At least, this book. Thanks!
I read The Ultra Marathon Man first. I just enjoyed that book so much. I was lucky enough that year to meet Dean in San Francisco when I was running the half there. I then did the Kiawah Island marathon (#44 for Dean) during his 50 in 50 days with the great group. I enjoyed the descriptions of the different events. There is a lot of humor, too in the 50 days on the road. It really gives you an appreciation of what he went through with the different weather and road conditions. I was disappointed, though, that "my" marathon wasn't covered much more than a description of how he adjusted his shoes.Overall, though, I really loved the book. He's a great guy and incredibly interesting, humble, and personable!
I just finished reading Ultramarathon Man one or two weeks ago, and it was the most inspirational and motivating book for runners (and non runners) to read. So, I wanted more of Dean's work. Basically, 50/50 is a day to day account of each marathon that he ran in his 50 marathons in 50 days challenge. It was a great book, but it repeats a lot of info he put in Ultramarathon Man. Also, you kind of notice that he's starting to go from running as a passion to running as a career. He's starting to head down the "oh i'm so awesome" path of athletes. This book isn't horrible, but Karnazes isn't getting any better. It's not a bad buy.
As an ultrarunner who has completed 50 miles numerous times over thep ast decade and fallen short of 100 numerous times too, I greatly anticpated the release of Dean Karnazes 50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days -- and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance. What a great read! Dean weaves training tips, suggestions, and lessons that he has learned amid the tales of his successful completion of 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. What a daunting accomplishment.