Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss
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Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,352 ratings  ·  174 reviews

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

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Published March 1st 2011 by Rodale (first published January 1st 2011)
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The first thing that jumped out at me was the bullshit. Right at the beginning, Karnazes says he wrote this book while running, by speaking into a voice recorder. As soon as I started the first chapter, I realized that was either not true or the ensuing manuscript was drastically edited. This was not the start I had hoped for.

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
3.5 Stars.
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
When I started this book, I figured this would be a 2 or 3 star read. However, as the book progressed, I was surprised and impressed at the stories capturing the conditions that a runner will put himself through to meet a goal. The best part? I did not find him condescending, cocky, or arrogant- a true extreme athlete whose passion is to run. He chose to make a living off his running and did well. Not only did he explain his successes, but also described the runs that did not go as planned. I lo...more
Chad Sayban
Dean Karnazes – The Ultramarathon Man – has gone for days without rest, run in some of the most inhospitable places on Earth and even ordered a pizza for delivery on a barren road in the middle of the night and ate it all while running. Now he tells some of his favorite, most unbelievable and hilarious stories from the long and winding road with charm and exquisite detail.

“My suspicion is that, like me, most of you reading these pages are drawn to extremes. Moderation bores you. You seek chall
It's difficult to keep pace with the Ultramarathon Man. Figuratively and literally. Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss, however, does a pretty good job of winning a Badwater belt buckle.

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
In a lot of ways, this book is terrible. Dean Karnazes never met a running cliche he didn't want to use to believe in his dreams so he could enjoy the journey and fly on the wings of an eagle that is 99% perspiration so he could land among the stars. He's kind of an annoying bro who's sexist and not very funny and is so falsely modest it's embarrassing. The book is a lazy collection of blog posts and guest writers that hasn't even been edited carefully for continuity. But, BUT, then you'll get t...more
Jeffrey L.
In early May, Dean Karnazes finished his triumphant run across America live on national television. “Seventy-five days ago I dreamed of standing right here,” he said inside the television studio of the show that had sponsored his trek. By any account, his was an amazing run. He traveled more than 3000 miles on foot on the official route, not counting multiple fundraising 5Ks and a visit to the White House. His journey was well documented by the folks at the Regis and Kelly show, blogged and Face...more
Jennifer Locum
Super motivational and fast read. Makes you re-evaluate your definition of "possible". It's premise can be applied to life even if you are not a runner. Chock full of great quotes.

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
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I have to say that overall this was an interesting read. It's not some great piece of literature, but it held my interest and I found some of he stories quite fascinating.

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
Ethan R.
Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss
Dean Karnazes
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
I wasn't sure whether or not I'd like this book. I wanted to read something inspiring to read before running my first half-marathon. While Dean Karnazes is an ultra-marathoner (21km is an easy warm-up for him,) I thought reading his book of short stories on running would be perfectly fitting.

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
Halle Bentley
By: Dean Karnazes
257 pages

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
Nabeeha R.
Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss
By Dean Karnazes
272 Pages

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
It says something about the quality of writing that the single best chapter was the one written by Topher Gaylord.

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
I am a HUGE fan of the ultra-marathoning stories. I love that stuff. I love how dramatic, tragic, and operatic it all seems to be. The injuries, the vomit, the blisters, the food! So I enjoyed the chapters on the desert ultras that he competed in, but essentially I felt that they were underdeveloped.

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
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I laughed, I cried, I whipped out my yellow highlighter! Dean is such an inspiring person, you can tell that everything he does, whether writing or running, is from the heart. I thoroughly enjoyed his 26.2 stories from various experiences from a 10k with his daughter to many ultramarathons in harsh conditions. I found so many of his experiences relatable, even though I will never run a 135 mile race, I've felt a lot of the emotions he describes when running anything...more
I didn't read the ultramarathon man's first book but I think I get the general idea. He runs 150+ mile races. He runs 48 hours straight on a treadmill. He runs hundreds of miles across deserts. He runs across four deserts in the same year - including Antarctica, which is actually a desert, it's just a cold one - and mixes in marathons for fun on his off days. He eats pizzas while running or stale energy bars from the last convenience store out in the wilderness for hundreds of miles. He rarely s...more
If running for 48 hours on a treadmill intrigues you, read this book. Very inspirational, and it seems very truthful when Karnazes details the physical impact of his endurance events. I love to run, but if i loved to bungee jump, and decided it was a good idea to bungee jump for 48 straight hours, I'd hope someone would talk me out of it. For the everyman, and possibly for Karnazes himself, there's a physiological crash-and-burn consequence to his philosophy of 'no limits.' Would like to see Kar...more
3.5 stars

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
Eugene S.
Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss
by Dean Karnazes
256 pages

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
Being a runner, I've heard of Dean Karnazes from multiple sources over the years, most often from articles written about him in Runner's World Magazine. When I learned of his latest book 26.2 Stories, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. Reading Dean's account of different races, trials, tribulations, and triumphs that he has gone through is extremely inspiring. Probably the most important thing I take from reading this book is that when faced with an obstacle, you have a choice to stop...more
Run! by Dean Karnazes is a collection of stories about his ultra marathon adventures, appropriately broken up into 26.2 chapters. Or is it appropriate? He never actually seems to run "just" a marathon, with his adventures including running (and completing!) all 4 Deserts Races and Badwater all in the same year. I enjoyed reading the stories about running, but I also liked the stories about his family and friends, particularly the ones written from their point of view. His reflections on fame and...more
Arturo Gutierrez

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
Pamela W
Mar 05, 2011 Pamela W rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: runners maybe?
Let me preface this with "I am not a runner". I have recently attempted to run on treadmill to get in shape, and would love to run more (needing some inspiration for that) but I'd be more likely to run to the kitchen to make a cocktail. So I was seeking inspiration but who am I kidding - I can't connect with this guy. He's in another realm, possibly not even human. (I have read books on the topic of ultra-runners and enjoyed them so know it is possible to do so.) Each of the stories were okay, t...more
This was a book of various stories about extreme adventure runs that running animal Dean Karnazes has done over the years. He's run all over the world and he shares many of his adventures and experiences in this book. He's currently running from Los Angeles to New York, like Forest Gump. He's running about 60 miles a day. He already ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. His next feat is to run a marathon in every country in 365 days starting in November 2012. There are about 250...more
The conceit of this book is that the author is "writing" it via dictation while running. This is so clearly crap that it is annoying and a good editor would have struck that immediately. Clearly "Karno" is trying to maintain this sort of regular guy appeal even though he makes his living running extreme races and making public appearances for sponsors. This is ridiculous and (unintentionally I am sure) insults the reader. We know he is important in the running world that is why we are interestin...more
Absolutely loved this. My interest in ultra running has been piqued. If only I had more time. Each chapter is essentially a different story from races he has done. Very entertaining. He was at the Big Sur marathon. Ran from the finish to the start then stared the race with us!
Read a few of these (very) short stories but not the whole collection. Guys like this do better when they tell longer short stories or a full book where you can, over time, forgive their arrogance and lack of writing ability and get sucked into the amazing shit they do. A series of extremely brief and only slightly interesting anecdotes - I don't care how far you ran, if you start mumbling trite running quotes at me and lecturing me about being a vegetarian in the middle of a wedding reception,...more
Jun 06, 2011 Brandy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: runners
As a runner, I'm always looking for motivation; I tend to get past a race and then lose my motivation until I sign up for my next event. This is the first Karnazes book that I read and after reading some of the reviews, I'm thinking I went backwards as now I'm reading Ultramarathon Man.

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
I won this book on firstreads. I think "Run" is intended for Karnazes fans. I have mixed feelings about "Run". For one- the cover. Really? Why is Run written right over his shorts giving the illusion he's naked? Parts of this book made me laugh. Other parts made me groan in disgust- like when he's thrilled that he fainted because "suffering is great". Karnazes emphasizes how down to earth he is, but I got a vibe that he is cocky throughout this book. Ultramarathons are interesting though & I...more
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