At the time his parents still lived in the house where he had grown up. Later, he began to run diversionary routes that would extend his run and take him into uncharted territory. It felt pretty good. These were the last comments the coach ever said to Karnazes, who has stated that he lives by these words to this day. That season, Karnazes was awarded "Most Inspirational" team member. Karnazes also ran his first endurance event that year, a fundraising run on a track for underprivileged children, finishing in just under six hours and raising a dollar a lap from his sponsors.
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I was hoping to feel inspired and to meet a kindred spirit. Not happening. His descriptions of his physical form are unappealing, in that he goes out of the way to inform you that he is "ripped like a prizefighter" and that "my body reached a level of fitness that defied all sensible limitations.
Even though ultrarunners generally seem to be awesome people, Karnazes does not appear to be friends with any of them. Even though he is racing with some of the best athletes in the world, he never mentions his fellow dream chasers by name or appears to develop strong relationships with his running colleagues. One of the most appealing traits of running books like Born to Run is the obvious affection and admiration the runners display for each other.
Dean only seems to admire himself. He prefers to talk about encounters with normal people who are impressed by his antics and think, "Oh Dean, you so crazy! Ultrarunning is one of the few sports where men and women compete together and women frequently come out on top.
His writing is simple and makes for a super quick read. But I will not be reaching for any more work by this author. His focus on himself and on what a hardass he is because he works through the pain provides a stark contrast with my experience of running books to date, in which the athletes experience joy through running. Yes, ultrarunners get tired. Yes, you have to mentally force yourself to get through even short runs if you are an inexperienced runner like me.
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