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Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,559 Ratings  ·  222 Reviews
In his follow-up to the best-selling Ultramarathon Man—which Sports Illustrated called “fascinating†and the New York Times said was “full of euphoric highsâ€â€”world-renowned ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes chronicles his unbelievable exploits and explorations in gripping detail. Karnazes runs for days on end without rest, across some of the most exotic and inhospi
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Rodale Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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May 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
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
May 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Feb 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Chad Sayban
Aug 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-book, good, own
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
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jennifer Locum
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jenna Grimes
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have always admired Dean for his sheer drive to go farther and do more crazy things. I enjoy his writing because writing about running can be hard to make exciting. But he does it in a fun way that keeps me interested. He is an inspiration, but spoiler, he likes to lay low in the public eye. So read his book, but be courteous and down to earth if you ever meet him in real life. Unlike me, sorry Dean, I went all fan girl on you.
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I expected - Dean is a machine! everyday is a moving experience.
Andrea Burkhart
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dean Karnazes continues to amaze me with his book “Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss” I have also read his book “Ultramarathon Man” to channel some inspo to run my first Ultra (totally worked) his books comes across as very braggy but c’mon, he deserves to brag! Dean is such an amazing story teller, the best part of this book is him re-telling stories about his races. He definitely lives life to the fullest and has a near crazy level of determination.
Hannah McEntire
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a cute idea. Some of these weren't that interesting, some really were. I was decent. I read to the end so that says something.
Christy Keeler
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great book when needing to read in snippets. Though there is some chronology, each of the 26 (or so) stories can stand on its own. They are fun to read.
Desmond Reid
Ultra Marathon running is the world beyond long distance running. Dean Karnazes is an icon who has seen it all and more besides. In this freakish world of endeavour, Karnazes has run across America, participated in gruelling 100 mile races, which have included such desolate places as the Sahara and Antarctica. This is 26.2 stories of his adventures in pain and blisters along the way.

The cover screams 'RUN', a svelte toned topless man - without a hint of body hair -, stares confidently back, soli
It says something about the quality of writing that the single best chapter was the one written by Topher Gaylord -- i.e., not by the book's primary author.

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 (h
Tammam Aloudat
Dean Karnazes is an exceptional man, let's first acknowledge that. This is not just because he is probably the ultimate endurance athlete of our time, but also because he is not so full of himself like many other athletes who are payed with real money for winning races rather than by belt buckles (as the traditional price for most ultras).

This is probably not as ground-breaking of a book as 'the Ultramarathon Man', Karnazes's first book that was a NewYork Times bestseller, but it is a great book
Nabeeha R.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the third book written by ultra marathoner Dean Karnazes about his crazy long distance running exploits. His first book was a compelling read about how he became an ultramarathoner, whereas his second book centered on his project to run 52 consecutive marathons in every state of America. While still an engaging read, this book is the weakest of the three, because it doesn't have as clear a focus. Rather it's a mash of Dean's thoughts about long distance running combined with descriptions ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: running, books-i-own
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
Halle Bentley
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one!
Zero stars if I could. I just read the front cover, "26.2 stories of blisters and bliss" I thought these would be inspirational stories from a variety of runners. Stories that would motivate us non-runners to perhaps take up the shoe and start running. Wrong! I found these "stories" nothing more than boring. If you are already a runner, you probably know all this stuff and so I doubt you'd like the book. If you're not a runner, well, nothing in this book made me want to run. In fact, it did just ...more
Ethan R.
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1st-semester
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
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Eugene S.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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