Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

Ultramarathon Man Confessions of an All Night Runner Ultramarathon is Den Karnazes s story the mind bogglingadventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of DeathValley the incomprehensible fridigity of the South Pole andthe breathtaking beauty of

  • Title: Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner
  • Author: Dean Karnazes
  • ISBN: 9781585424801
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ultramarathon is Den Karnazes s story the mind bogglingadventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of DeathValley, the incomprehensible fridigity of the South Pole, andthe breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of theSierra Nevada Karnazes captures the euphoria and out of bodyhighs of these adventures With insight and candor he alsoreveals how he merges tUltramarathon is Den Karnazes s story the mind bogglingadventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of DeathValley, the incomprehensible fridigity of the South Pole, andthe breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of theSierra Nevada Karnazes captures the euphoria and out of bodyhighs of these adventures With insight and candor he alsoreveals how he merges the solitary, manic, self absorbed lifeof hard core ultrarunning with a full time job, a wife, andtwo children, and how running has made him who he is today aman with an uberjock s body, a teenager s energy, and achampion s wisdom.

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    1. Dean Karnazes

      Dean Karnazes b Constantine Karnazes is an American ultramarathon runner and author.

    401 thoughts on “Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner”

    1. The closest I will ever get to an ultramarathon is reading this book. To better simulate the all night running experience described in this book I thought I would try a sort of ultramarathon reading style. So in the tradition of Dean Karnazes here are the confessions of an all night reader.After a night at the local pool learned flip-turns from Anne we returned home to put the girls to bed. Instead of Scrabble or episodes of the West Wing (which are our surefire date-defaults) we decided to read [...]

    2. Ug. Ego-stroking pap. The description of the Western States race is awesome, but sadly you have to read about him describing himself (hint: the word "ripped" is used 3 times) to get there. And then deal with the last 100 pages, all about a self-indulgent trip to the South Pole (look at me! I'm rich!).

    3. I recently picked up running as a way to get in shape, and it's become a bit of a hobby. I thought I would enjoy Karnazes's book both because I appreciate people who push themselves to the limit and because, as a PhD student, I know what it's like to be entirely devoted to a dream. I was hoping to feel inspired and to meet a kindred spirit.Not happening. Dean Karnazes is so into himself that it's difficult to get a glimpse of ultrarunning through him. His descriptions of his physical form are un [...]

    4. Ah, people hate Dean Karnazes but ask yourself this: would you know who Scott Jurek was if you had never read Dean Karnazes? I wouldn't.Dean's book sometimes sounds like he's spinning a yarn. It's pretty unbelievable at points. On the other hand, he does some unbelievable things. And he does most of what he does for charity. In general, it's a very good read. It made me feel like going out running. And indirectly, I trained for and signed up for my first ultramarathon because I read this book. L [...]

    5. This is definitely not a book I would have chosen for myself. I read it because my son, who is a marathon runner, gave it to me to read and I was very impressed. I am not usually a great fan of the autobiography, but Dean Karnazes writes with humour and diffidence about his incredible achievements. Anyone who can do the things he has done is a hero - slightly crazy admittedly, but a hero. Well worth reading.

    6. About halfway through it becomes an ego-fest. Karnazes may be an ultradistance runner, but he's not the best and should stop acting that way. He's marketed himself as the posterboy for ultraendurance running and it starts to get weary in the book.

    7. I'm a runner, and although I have not done and probably never will do an ultramarathon, I know quite a few ultramarathoners and thought this book would give me a better idea of the sport. But, wow, this book is a piece of crap.Rarely have I read something by an author so completely self-absorbed, self-worshiping, self-indulgent, and egotistical. He feigns modesty throughout the book, but its insincerity is crystal clear. Yes, Dean, I know that you're an amazing runner (although there are other u [...]

    8. I didn't realize until after I'd read this book and given it a 4-star rating that people were dumping on it for his egotism. Honestly, having breezed right through this (it's not a difficult or lengthy read by any means) I kinda felt the opposite. I've been reading a lot about running and marathons lately and Karnazes came up as an example of an extreme athlete. Reading up about him, he seemed to be some kind of invincible superman, but him spending most of the book explaining the hell-ish condi [...]

    9. More reviews at The Story Within The StoryIt started with a single fateful decision one night to just go out and run…and run…and run. This is the story of Dean Karnazes and his life as it unfolded after that night. A non-stop adventure in the heat of Death Valley, the bone-chilling cold of the South Pole, over mountains, through forests – all while running. Through hard work and breathtaking perseverance he achieved amazing athletic acts while balancing a family and career. “Most dreams [...]

    10. It's unfortunate that what could have been a really inspirational story about pushing oneself to the ultimate limit of physical endurance is overshadowed by the douchiness of the author. I wanted to be in awe and instead I was just annoyed. The constant false modesty was tiring and incredibly transparent. And I get that anyone who writes a memoir would want to shine themselves in a flattering light, so I understand Karnazes' decision to focus on races that he finished. But I think it would have [...]

    11. I first became aware of Dean Karnazes a few years ago shortly after moving back to New York. That was when he came into the spotlight for a lot of people, shortly after he won the Badwater Ultramarathon. In my small running circle, I spread word of his infamy, of the man who ordered pizza for delivery on his all night runs. How he would run a hundred miles just to get to the start of a marathon. How he ran a 200 mile relay race--by himself. Most of what I knew of him came from short articles in [...]

    12. I really enjoyed this book. 36 weeks pregnant and I am ready to get up and runybe in two months or so, but I am inspired. I don't think I will ever become and ultramarathon runner, or even a marathon runner for that matter, but in a word with endless possibilities I am inspired to never be content with mediocrity. Like Robin William says in Dead Poets Society "Make your lives extraordinary."Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:"To call running 'fun' would be a misuse of the word. R [...]

    13. I just finished reading this book about 15 mins ago and I am not sure of where to begin! Ever since I took up running (about two years ago), I have come across many a book that have left me inspired and driven about pursuing this passion. But this book has done far more. While Dean Karnazes's super human feats are unique; what makes this book so amazing is his ability to infuse that passion in the readers. He makes the book easy to read, profound, awe inspiring and a testament to what the human [...]

    14. I did not expect Ultramarathon Man to be a tearjerker, but it was. I did not expect to laugh out loud, but I did. If someone had told me I would read this book while sitting on the edge of my seat, I would have told them to Shut Up, but, guess what, I read most of this book whilst sitting on the edge of my seat. In short, this was the most entertaining book I read in 2010. In case you are wondering, this book is about Dean Karnazes. I read about him a couple years ago in 50/50. He's the guy who [...]

    15. This was just a crazy fun book to read. Karnazes is seriously demented but I think he knows it, which is why it was so much fun. Also, as a distance runner - but not an insane one like Karnazes - I found it totally inspiring. It's too bad I'm currently nursing a running injury because it made me want to go and pound out a 10-miler the second I put it down.I think what I liked best about the book was how self-deprecating Karnazes is about himself. He knows he's pretty much insane, he doesn't go f [...]

    16. This is an autobiography of Dean Karnazes who restarted his former high school running career at age 30 and the incredible events he subsequently completed. What impressed me was the determination and drive Karnazes shows in his psyche. He trains so very hard and gets the results he wants, becoming a master of extreme distance running. The background on his coaches and family is quite telling. Without some of the coaching he had, who knows if he'd even tried to accomplish what he did. He obvious [...]

    17. I received this book as a gift from a friend. Having completed my first marathon just a little over a month ago, the timing of the gift was very appropriate. But unlike many people, who run a marathon, hang up their medal and call it quits afterward, I am planning on adding many more miles to my running shoes. Dean Karnazes’ Ultramarathon Man was therefore the perfect inspiration to continue the hobby.Although I must admit, reading this book was akin to a newly recruited soldier reading about [...]

    18. Dean Karnazes is one crazy endurance athlete. He ran a little as a teenager, but didn’t really come back to it until he was married with kids and holding down a stressful job. One night he left the bar, ran 30 miles, and – 7 hours later – called his wife to come get him. He was sore, but he was also hooked. After that running became a regular part of his life, and then a more than regular part of his life as he began training for marathons, then ultramarathons, then ultra-ultra marathons [...]

    19. I’m a runner, so I think I get what motivates someone to train for a marathon. However, running an ultra seems crazy. I wanted to know, how someone goes from being “normal” to even contemplating an Ultra. The book answers that question and gives insight into the mind of an elite athlete.I enjoyed the book. It left me wanting more. A few reviewers fault the author, saying that he #1. is a shameless self-promoter, and #2. is arrogant. Both are true, but neither is necessarily “bad.” God [...]

    20. As I wrote down some personal goals for myself for 2012, reading 1 book a month, was one of my goals, and I started with this read. Those in the running community, say what you will about Dean and his "sell-out" of ultra running eventsyou still have to give the guy credit, he IS running the race. I am only a marathoner, have not yet drank enough kool-aid to enter ultras, but the sheer mental strength one needs to complete an ultra is, well, mental.You have to love how is running story beganwe al [...]

    21. "When your going through hell, keep going" was one of the quotes used in this book so appropriate for the pain, torment and euphoria which is ultra running. This book, like others of Dean Karnazes is of personally experience, and those personal experiences he goes through are extremely inspiring and refreshing. Dean writes very well and expresses the moments he goes through in turning his life around from a "desk job" to constantly on foot. Ordering pizza on the phone at 3am in the morning while [...]

    22. A quick (one to two days max), fairly interesting read. Karnazes' prose is elementary, but hey, the guy is a runner and a business man, not a Pulitzer winner. Despite this, the book jaunts along at a steady clip (harday har har) and provides some interesting moments along the way. Besides the ins and outs of several of his running adventures, the thing that I most enjoyed from this book was the perspective it can offer in my own life. "Inspiration" is too heavy (and cheesy)a word, as I have abso [...]

    23. Ultra Marathon Man is about a man that loves to run. Deans wife and kids and mom and dad ride in a car and feed him and watch him while he is running. His High School coach helped him accomplish is dream. When he didn't finish his raced he was disappoint and mad at himself. His adventure is when he first took on his first 100 mile race. Dean is the ultra running man and will never give up even it means death.I would describe Dean as he loves to run as you can see, he loves running just like i lo [...]

    24. I admire Dean for pursuing his passion, figuring out how to make it part of his daily life while balancing work and family, and running for meaningful causes. Dean tells his story in a very conversational way, and makes his extreme accomplishments relatable. My weekly mileage is what he does in a typical training day, yet I saw some of myself in him. He's transparent in sharing his inner-most thoughts - his joys, fears, self-doubt - and the commitment it takes to even attempt to do what he does. [...]

    25. Brief account of Dean's running life from childhood and high school to a reawakening on his 30th birthday. Describes the pain, torture, and ultimate rewards of running extreme distances on extreme terrain including the South Pole. Almost incomprehensively, he runs for days and nights at a time, yet still holds down an office career and has time for a family. While it was fun to read about the details of various races, it was thin to absent on details about the rest of his life. I would've been i [...]

    26. When my hubby suggested reading this book I would never have thought I would not be able to put this book down. This book has made it very difficult for me to put down when. I read this in a space of 2 days. The only reason it took that long was because I had to take care of my family. I felt inspired, uplifted and had an awaking of sorts on Sunday that all started after reading this book. The pain that Dean goes through as he is running all day showed me that we do have the strength with in to [...]

    27. My husband read this book and insisted that I read it. "But I don't even like running, so why on Earth would I read about running?" Then I found myself in the car, waiting for my husband to get sushi and the only thing to read/keep me occupied was this book. I was hooked.I'm not going to go running anytime soon, lets get that straight. Sometimes I feel like a lot of memoirs/inspirational type books get preachy, I imagined this book being about eat this/not that, do as I say and you can look like [...]

    28. I loved this book. I was on a flight with a free newspaper and read about Dean and this book, liked the article and bought the book. I'm NOT A RUNNER! In fact I'm disabled and can hardly walk. I found this book inspirational. Its not about winning or losing, it's about your goals and getting out and giving it a go. People have slatted this book because of how Dean describes himself. I didn't find this off putting at all. Basically one day he reevaluates his life and uses running to balance it ou [...]

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