Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss
With sales of over 100,000 copies, Dean Karnazes's debut Ultramarathoner was, pardon the term, a runaway bestseller. Now the only endurance runner named as one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World shares his favorite stories of heart-pounding adventures. While describing racing under brutally grueling conditions, he addresses not only the pain endured, but al...more
The cutesy anecdotes were not to my liking. I wanted more running and less filler. The quirky little things that happened while he was on his journey- the suspicious gas st...more
This started off a little slow. Some of the early stories which were supposed to be humorous anecdotes didn't connect with me for some reason. As the book moved on, however, I found the stories more and more interesting. It may have been the fact that as the book moved on, you got more into Dean's struggles in various ultras, which is similar to his first book, "Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner", which I gave 5 stars to.
It's not great literature, and the copy I rea...more
“My suspicion is that, like me, most of you reading these pages are drawn to extremes. Moderation bores you. You seek chall...more
For someone who runs ultras (runs longer than the 26.2 miles of a marathon), Dean Karnazes also has a gift of relation. His existential tales of inhuman accomplishments are not only inspirational, but they also feel attainable. Making it sound easy, perhaps even enticing, while relaying the difficulties of...more
page 104: "Over the years, I've come to not only embrace failure, but to welcome it and celebrate the occurrence. You cannot grow and expand your capabilities to their limits without running the risk of failure. And failure can provide invaluable lessons.
page 111: "We often think people who achieve great things never...more
The book is composed of 26.2 chapters, most of which are stories that for the most part stand alone. Yeah, that's a little gimmicky, but it made for a quick and easy read. I really liked a lot of his experiences with his ultra marathon races. That's what I read the book for, and I w...more
Dean Karnazes is an ultra-marathon runner. (Which is a heart-stopping 100 miles.) He is one of the most influential people ever according to time magazine. Dean runs and runs he quit his job so he could run he doesn't us sally fail a race but in 1995 he did he was running in 120 degree weather and collapsed he had trained so hard for this 135 mile trek and failed. His shoes were melting from the heat and he was seating like crazy...more
However, how could I relate to such an athlete? Turns out, quite easily. One of the universal truths about running is that we're all in the same boat. Whether you're running 5km or 50km, there is an unspoke...more
By: Dean Karnazes
Run! is a collection of stories by Dean Karnazes, but others may know him as "ultra-marathon man". Dean is a VERY talented runner. he runs on average about 100 or more mile races frequently, which amazes me. The book contains the stories of struggle and glory and I thoroughly enjoyed every single page.
I gave this book four stars because I was amazed and interested every single page of the book. Dean Karnazes is one of the most amazing people I've read...more
By Dean Karnazes
Run! is about a guy named Dean Karnazes. He is an ultra-marathoner. In this book by him, he talks about things that happened in his life. All of these stories involve running.
I really enjoyed this book because I liked Deans stories. He inspires me to really try to do things I think I am not capable of doing. Dean had inspired his friends to run. I am not really a running person, but Dean inspired me to try and run, a...more
Actually, that's not strictly accurate. The quality of writing is okay, but - I've said this before, and I will say it again - Karnazes comes across as jaw-droppingly arrogant. I didn't even make it out of the introduction before I was staring in disbelief.
Look. I respect Karnazes as an ultrarunner, no question. He's not the best out there (he just has the most hype), but he's good....more
For the record, I am a runner, so perhaps that is why I felt such a lukewarm reaction to this book. Perhaps this book is meant to inspire non-runners to RUN! I found a lot of it reminiscent of stuff...more
The author can eat and even dictate a book while running. All of the things I have trouble doing while sitting. The author also has a great ability to laugh at himself.
My husband is the runner in the family this book didn't inspire me to run. In fact, this book clarifies for me that I am definitely not a runner.
The best parts were the teasing, pranks and relationship between the author and his friend Topher. Some of the situations had me laughing out loud in the parked car.
I truly disli...more
by Dean Karnazes
Ultramarathoner Dean Karnezes runs a lot that he often is in crazy situations. He has ran the Western states marathon lots of times. He was the one who introduced running to his friend Topher. Dean has also traveled to lots of places. One time, he was invited to a place so he can break a record in the Guinnes book records. Dean had to run 240 miles in 48 hours on a tredmill. After the 48 miles was done, Dean came short by runnin...more
Very easy read and entertaining if you care about running stories. The guy is clearly a driven, very accomplishment oriented, and has a great deal of experience in not only running but goal setting. Not a ton of depth in the book, but I don't think that's really an aim. Perhaps what was most enjoyable was reading about the transformation over many chapters that one of his best friends went through toward becoming an ultra runner. Probably the most learning, if thats something a reader is seak...more
I love Karnazes and what he does with his running, whether its to see how much his body can endure or for charity. As a previous reviewer wrote, I'm a Karnazes junkie as well so I see nothing wrong with this book...more