Posted on March 02, 2018 by Louisa Feary

Ultra Marathon Man

Author: Dean Karnazes

Reviewed by: Layla Smith


Ultrarunning legend Dean Karnazes has run 262 miles – the equivalent of ten marathons – without rest. He has run over mountains, across Death Valley, to the South Pole, and is probably the first person to eat an entire pizza while running. With an insight, candour and humour rarely seen in sports memoirs, Ultramarathon Man has inspired tens of thousands of people – nonrunners and runners alike – to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and simply get out there and run.

Selected Extract:

‘I run because I’ve never been much of a car guy. I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run to honour my sister and unite my family. I run because it keeps me humble. I run for the finish line and to savour the trip along the way. I run to help those who can’t. I run because walking takes too long, and I’d like to get a few things done in this lifetime. I run because it always takes me where I
want to go’.

Why it’s Layla’s choice:

  • It’s a reminder of how powerful running is for your mind, a way to find inner-peace.
  • It made me realise that running probably is my church.
  • Clarifies what is important in life.
  • It inspired me the first time I read it and I plan to read it again when I need a pick me up!