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Dean Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits, from running in the shoe-melting heat of Death Valley to the lung-freezing cold of the South Pole. He's raced and competed across the globe and once ran 50 marathons, in 50 states, on 50 consecutive days.

In A Runner's High, Karnazes chronicles his return to the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in his mid-50s after first completing the race decades ago. The Western States, infamous for its rugged terrain and extreme temperatures, becomes the most demanding competition of his life, a physical and emotional reckoning and a battle to stay true to one's purpose. Confronting his age, wearying body, career path and life choices, we see Karnazes as we never have before, raw and exposed. A Runner's High is both an endorphin-fuelled story and a love letter to the sport from one of its most celebrated ambassadors.

©2021 Dean Karnazes (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"A book that will inspire athletes of all stripes, whatever their aches and pains, to hit the ground running." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Runners are sure to be captivated by this account of an unconventional endurance athlete who tenaciously challenges physical and mental boundaries." (Booklist)

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  • Matt Bazeley
  • 01-16-22

A fantastic read

With so many adventures under his belt I’m only surprised there aren’t more books. A perfectly articulated narration of a runner and a father. Eye opening on more levels than most running biographical tales. I look forward to more from Karno and team

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  • Jonathan T
  • 12-19-21

Quality from Dean

Dean Karnazes books are absorbing partly as the story is compelling but also because he is such a good writer. Nicely narrated for me as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-16-22

Entertaining and moving

Loved this book. When I purchased it I was concerned that I might have heard some of the material previously, since I have been a huge fan of Dean Karnazes for many years, but this was all new content. The book is an entertaining anatomy of two of Dean's most recent ultras, a 100km in Southern California and the iconic Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. In between Dean reflects on the process and effects of ageing, family relationships with parents, partners, and children, and provides humorous insights into race etiquette (and lack thereof). I enjoyed this immensely. Although not narrated by Dean, the narrator did a great job of capturing the ups and downs of an ultramarathon.

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  • Eleanor Lawson
  • 12-09-21

Good Value

Inspiration to keep on running as we age and slow down and age some more: a thoughtful approach to the course of life.