Ultramarathon Man: Confessions ofan All-Night Runner by DeanKarnazes
Ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes claims There is magic in misery. While itwould be easy to write off his habit of running for 100 miles at a time
as mere masochism, its impossible to not admire his tenacity inpushing his body to reach one extreme goal after another. Sure, its gory toread about how he lost one of his big toenails from shoe friction during theWestern States Endurance Run. But what registers more is that heres aguy competing in an event that includes 38,000 feet of elevation change--the equivalent of scaling the Empire State Building 30 times. Despite hisconsiderable athleticism, Karno argues that the first half of any race is runwith ones body, and the second half with the mind. Without delving intoexcessively touchy-feely territory, he explores the possibilities of self as hecompletes an ultra-marathon in 120-degree heat in Death Valley, and laterthe first-ever marathon at the South Pole. Its an odd combination: aCalifornia surfer dude contemplating how, as Socrates said, Sufferingleads to wisdom. But Karnazess self-motivation is utterly intriguing, and itsimpossible to read this memoir without wanting to go out and run amarathon yourself.--Erica JorgensenI'm one of those guys who tends to fluctuate in weight as well as fitnesslevel, and inherently my level of motivation determines both of those. Aformer college athlete, I was always in very good physical shape, andcould basically eat anything and be alright. As the years have gone on(heck, I'm only 28!), I find myself having one poor eating day and gainingfive pounds, and finding it incredibly difficult to maintain my exercisingmotivation. I have a 2 year old daughter, a 7 month pregnant wife, work allday, play the role of husband and daddy all evening, and in the wintermonths, yes, even in Arizona, it's just so cold and difficult to becomemotivated at 4am.