50/50

Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days - and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance!
Narrated by: Dean Karnazes
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (403 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the Fall of 2006, Dean Karnazes, known as "the Lance Armstrong of the running world", took on the ultimate challenge: running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. Dean set off in a caravan packed with fellow runners, with nothing more than a roadmap and a determination that defied all physical limitations.

But 50/50 goes beyond the incredible story of those 50 marathons. It is a firsthand, fascinating story of what it's like to push the limits of strength under grueling conditions - and how Dean Karnazes pulled off the extraordinary.

This audiobook is also packed with Dean's secrets, which runners everywhere will want to know. These include what to do when you hit a wall, how to adapt quickly to drastic terrain, how to get motivated after a really tough day, and the best diet and exercise tips to improve your own best time.

Complete with Dean's practical tips on building endurance, this audiobook will appeal to marathon runners and athletes everywhere, as well as to listeners who crave an inspiring story of incredible accomplishment.

©2008 Dean Karnazes (P)2008 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"(He) makes the extraordinary look easy." ( GQ)
"The indefatigable man." ( Esquire)

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Great book to run to.

What did you love best about 50/50?

This book kept me motivated. 50/50 inspired me to keep running. Dean did a great job of explaining what he went through and also talking about all the other runners. It's not just about his accomplishment of doing 50 marathons in 50 days, which is amazing...but this book is about his support crew, the runners that flew from other countries, states, and cities just to run with him, and also what his family went through.

Have you listened to any of Dean Karnazes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

50/50 is more on my level than Ultra Marathon Man. At least I can say that I am able to do a 1/2 marathon now. :)

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Missed the mark

As a runner, I was looking forward to listening to this book, but ended up quite disappointed. While running 50 marathons in 50 days is one heck of an accomplishment, Dean's narration comes accross as self promoting and at times even condesending. Also, he seems like he is almost bored with the narration and would rather be doing something else than telling his story. I had a couple of cases where I was out on a run listening to this book and ended up switching to music which is something I rarely do with many of the running podcasts I regularly listen to. This is a case where I think reading the book would have been better than listening.

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Save Your Money & Buy A Better Book

Dean narrates his own book. If you like feeling like you are back in kindergarten being read to this book may be for you. If you want to spend money on a book where you will learn next to nothing about running buy this book. In the book he talks way too much about his kids....who cares! He doesn't really offer much that is helpful. His first book was pretty good but this one sucks! I kept listening to it hoping that it would get better becase I couldn't believe that it could actually be that bad. It is a really awful book and I had to stop listening to it half way through....boring and unhellpful. If you want to read some good books on running and actually learn something read Born To Run and books by Joe Friel.
...my two cents!

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Awesome more or less...

Where does 50/50 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty highly

Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Karnazes and Matt Fitzgerald ? Why or why not?

Yes, especially if Karno narrates it himself.

Any additional comments?

Didn't enjoy the side story of the crew collecting a total of 50 women's phone numbers at the 50 events... Women aren't things to collect and add to a list like race finishes... A bit misogynistic and rather disappointing.

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Another terrific Karno

What made the experience of listening to 50/50 the most enjoyable?

I have read or listened to all of Dean Karnazes' books. I like the warmth, humbleness, and down-to-earthiness of the guy. And he's funny! My kids enjoy listening to his stories too. He treated the people he met in each of the 50 marathons with kindness and appreciation. That's really something!

What other book might you compare 50/50 to and why?

Ultramarathon Man because it talks about various events and people throughout his journey.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't say yet.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It's really not about the running.

Any additional comments?

I liked hearing Dean read his own books and convey his voice in his work so honestly.

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Exceptional!!

This is a brilliant book. I was inspired and motivated and recommend this book as one of the best reads (or listen to's) ever!

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Painful to listen to

The story is great, but the narration is terrible. I had to turn it off and read the book in print. It’s as if he wasn’t reading his own words, which is disturbing, since it’s his story...

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Great Book!

Great book, describe in details about the 50/50 challenge, very inspiring Dean breaks it down in a way you can start to see things differently, the impossible becomes possible Is a " must read book " for runners, regardless if you run 5k or 100miles, it worth it.

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More excellent Karno

If you enjoy reading Dean Karnazes, you will enjoy this book every bit as much as the others.

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Happenstance to Intentional

I picked up Ultramarathon Man by happenstance at the library one day. Running books were on the shelf above the climbing books, and since I have the SPARTAN Trifecta races I figured it might be good to find inspiration from at least one running book. I was captured by the easy and readable first person words of Dean Karnazes in that book, and from there, found myself listening to his book Run and 50/50 during my long runs and before a 10 mile race. I absolutely loved that I could listen to this book with Dean reading it aloud. I learned a lot about running (and life). I have been very much inspired by him, so much so to sign up for a half marathon! Hopefully I will sign up for a full marathon by the end of the year! I look forward to meeting him at the North Face Endurance Challenge in DC in a month! =D

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  • Mark
  • 07-16-12

Dodgy Audio

I downloaded this yesterday and have listened to 20 minutes of chapter 1. The audio is appalling, with a weird echo or phasing effect that makes it pretty much unlistenable.

Will be contacting audible to feed this back. I expected more, very disappointed

The star rating is for the audio quality as I've not yet been able to listen to the book!

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  • MR
  • 07-05-12

there are much better running books out there

I bought this after reading the inspirational 'born to run'.

If you haven't read born to run get it instead of this.

If you have read born to run you will only be disappointed by this.

Not only does this book not deliver on the promise to reveal tips and secrets (which BTR does), but the author, who reads it himself has an annoying, whiney voice.

On top of that everything is very US centric, as though the author doesn't know there is a world outside the US. Fine if you are an American, annoying if you are not.

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  • David
  • 05-18-12

Inspirational

For anyone with even a passing interest in running this audio book is a must, even non runners would find it inspiring. Runners into extreme distances will love listening to the story of this remarkable ultra runner. The only gripe....it's abridged.... Little snippets on what it takes to be an ultra runner and totally down to earth from the author.

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  • Socrates
  • 04-22-20

brilliant adventure by a brilliant human being

just finished great listen Dean Karnazes does it again just makes you go wow he did what??? took it running with me longest i`ve run in a long long time inspring well worth the suffering for a couple days after run thanks Karno

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  • Alison Stillman
  • 04-16-20

really good.

I enjoyed this book. listening to the story about running 50 marathons is better than I thought. It's nice to hear Dean read the story himself

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  • Niall Bennis
  • 12-12-19

so/so

what was billed as an insight into running 50 marathons in 50 days was quite a let down. There was not much insight into the difficulty of the task or the challenges faced on each leg of the journey.

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  • Luca
  • 02-22-17

A very entertaining love for running story

Very few tips you can get to your next run; nonetheless a beautiful story about the love for running and the adventure of the 50/50/50. Very worth listening, and beautifully read by Dean himself.

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  • Richard
  • 01-24-16

laboured

I found this hard to listen to. there are tidbits of useful information but it was overwritten. the author tried to be too smart with the text, trying to jam in emotion where possible.

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  • Mark
  • 05-11-14

A Great Listen

Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Quite motivating & got me running again! Well told and a good flow.

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  • Grant Dempsey
  • 08-09-17

Good read but not rivetting

An interesting listen told factually and rationally. Good read if you want some great running insight and tips