Training for Ultra

Ultra Running Stories from the Middle of the Pack
Narrated by: Robert Steger
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (181 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This book has a single purpose - to inspire you to run!

Through sharing a detailed account of my first three years of pursuing running from the middle to back of the pack, it will hopefully show you you are capable of much more than you may think. After my dad's major health scare, it was time for me to change everything. Little did I know how much I would learn after taking on some physical exercise.

A radical diet change allowed me to lose a forth of my body weight and it gave me boundless energy to get outside and explore.

It’s not clear to me why I chose running ultra marathons of all forms of exercise, since I was unable to run beyond one mile just a few years prior.

But since that fateful day, I’ve never looked back.

I was finding that sometimes the experiences of training for ultra could be just as rich and fulfilling as the ultra event itself.

©2019 Robert Steger (P)2019 Robert Steger

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Great book

Enjoyed the the running stories, it’s neat to hear how he went from running only one mile to an ultra marathoner.

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Wow! What an Inspiration!!

Rob kept me engaged from beginning to end! The fact that it is narrated by the author make the story that much more impactful! Rob's story is one that a lot of people fave but few make the move necessary to avoid the outcome, but rob took it to a whole new level!

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Maybe it’s just me...

I kept wanting to like it. I kept waiting for the author to be relatable. He came off a little too pretentious for my liking. He’s very intense. He’s new to running, but speaks about himself like he’s a famous well-known ultra runner. I felt almost like the book was a commercial for his podcast. He talks a lot about “flow” and his paleo diet. I guess I was expecting something a bit more lighthearted and relatable? Kudos to him for being a BA runner! His accomplishments are amazing! Just wish he hadn’t taken himself so seriously.

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Not just another running book.

Wow! exceeded my expectations. Beautiful, descriptive writing that paints a vivid picture of several mind-blowing adventures.

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  • 07-03-20

Great story.

Like hearing a story from the ordinary perspective. I can relate to the story teller.

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Truly Inspiring

Rob is a straight up legend and his story it's amazing and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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The non- elite ultra running book

Rob does a great job telling the story of his 3 years of going from couch to ultra runner. Encouraging and easy to listen to. Rob keeps your attention and makes you believe you can do it too.

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Decent, but rough DIY-sounding audio and editing

I felt like there was a great audiobook wanting to be set free in this story which suffered from poor editing (both literary and especially audio), audio quality, and acting. The long race descriptions would sometimes send me to the zone, and a long stretch would go by without me realizing it. Better editing and narration might have helped some of these tales have a sense of direction or crescendo instead of the aimless amble they often were. The audio quality seemed very self-produced with lots of volume changes, odd pauses, and a general fuzziness like it was on vinyl. As a fan of other DIY podcasts,I can imagine that someone who was way into his podcast might appreciate the crude, DIY presentation of this book more than I could...that it would have a familiar and authentic vibe, so perhaps it's less of a negative for many than it was for me. . Speaking of the podcast...he references it a lot...like if we're listening to the book of course we know about the podcast...but I hadn't heard of him before Audible suggested this book. Since that seems to be the reason that most people know about him, I would have appreciated hearing more about how managing his media platforms fit into the rest of his personal life and training...which honestly, I couldn't really comprehend as it was. The story is mostly very nitty gritty details of race after race, and not much about the process of getting there. I wish he would have reflected more or better on how it did or didn't fit into other parts of his life.

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Good listen for ultra running fans

The book is easy to listen and enjoyable. A little bit light on story but still had good insight on the authors experiences

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  • RD
  • 01-24-20

Great Book!

Rob, thanks so much for sharing your journey, and taking us on such EPIC runs!

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  • 04-25-20

Could not get past the intro

For a book that is meant to be inspirational I couldn't get past the first few minutes. The intro is basically the author reading quotes from others about how great he is! Returned the book almost immediately as I found it nauseating. I guess he was trying to establish credentials but there is simply no need.

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  • wayne
  • 06-11-20

poor

The narrator sounded very distorted and was hard to listen too. I could not listen more than than a few moments.

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  • Harry T.
  • 05-10-20

Refreshing

Great to hear the adventures of an average running, inspiring me to do more.

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  • 04-20-20

pot quality audio, good quality story

shame the quality of the recording is so poor because the story is a lovely one

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  • Craig Thorburn
  • 04-05-20

good honest account

a great insight and honest review from the middle of the pack of ultra running inspired to run the ccc after this

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-24-20

Narration is terrible

I think the book is good, maybe if I read it in paperback it would be better. But the narration is annoying. He speaks in chopped off, three word sections, instead of whole fluid sentences if that makes any sense. I also found that he went on about his family and kids too much. I wanted to listen to a book about running, not his life story about his kids. It was ok, but I wouldn't rave about it.

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  • DR PAUL RYAN FISHER
  • 02-21-20

Audio quality was poor...

...story was great. Enjoyed listening to the trials and successes of an ultra-runner, as I too look to earn my badge.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-31-20

Happy ultra

A fascinating look inside the ultra community and what it is to be an ultramarathoner. The reality that anyone can train for and become an ultramarathoner is apparent. I’d recommend this to anyone thinking of training for these distances

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-25-20

Great insight in ultra's

Thanks for keeping me going on two long runs lately. Will do my first Ultra this year.

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  • CE Adams
  • 01-09-20

loved it

if you like running and want inspiration, then listen to this, and then look at his 2019 moab 240 time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-20

Excellent

wonderful story of the power we all posess within if you have a dream

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-22-20

Boring

For me, this book lacked narrative and I didn’t enjoy it. Sorry to the author, it just wasn’t for me!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-19

fantastic

a really relatable story that shows anybody can achieve extreme things with positive mindset. Well read.