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Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters with the Ultramarathonby Neal Jamison
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WHAT'S IT LIKE TO RUN FOR 30, 50, OR 100 MILES?
This book is a great inspiration not only to current ultrarunners, and to marathoners looking for the next challenge-but also to runners of all abilities, who will see that there is nothing you can't do if you have the desire.
What makes ultrarunners tick?Â What goes through their minds at mile 93? How can you train for such a colossal undertaking? These questions and many more are answered in this inspiring collection of 39 personal stories from ultramarathoners.
Ultramarathoning is the logical next step for those who burn with a desire to explore their limits, and beyond. It is impossible to run ultra distances without coming away with at least one fascinating story. This book is full of them. There are stories of fatigue, blisters, nausea, and despair. But the ultrarunner prevails to find hope, love, healing, self-discovery, friendship, selflessness, and in the end, for most, triumph. Learn what it feels like to run an ultra from the champions, the newcomers, and the veterans of the sport.
What it's like to run races of 30, 50, and even 100 or more miles.
Running to the limits of human -endurance.
For those who are not content to run merely 26.2 miles, there is ultramarathoning. Some of the biggest ultras are 50 or 100 miles long, races in which people run all day, through the night and on into the next day. What makes them tick? What thoughts go through their minds at mile 93? How is the pain different from that of a marathon? How can you train for such a colossal undertaking? All these questions are answered in 35 interviews with ultramarathoners. Ultramarathoning is the logical next step for those who burn with a desire to achieve and explore their limits. Every kind of ultra runner is included here, and this book will be an indispensable volume for anyone dreaming of running long.
About the Author
Neal Jamison is a computer engineer and the author of several computer books. He is also an ultramarathoner. He lives in Roanoke, Virginia.
Table of Contents
Foreword Don Allison Introduction Neal Jamison Feeling Blessed at the Kettle Moraine 100 Bob Metzger Confessions of a Happy Ultra Mommy Sophie Speidel Van Trouble at the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run Tim Morgan Blisters and Bliss at the Rocky Racoon 100-Mile Trail Run Byron and Joy Chikinda Running Because of My Father Mike Strzelecki Running With Woofie Anthony Humpage Digging Deep in the Texas Rain Tracy Baldyga Living the Rock and Roll (and Running) Lifestyle Michael Dimkich A Family Affair Lisa Demoney The Toughest 100-Miler East of the Rockies Ed Demoney Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Miler: A Triumph of Desire over Reason Keith Knipling Reverse Psychology at the Western States 100 Scott Mills Ultrarunning’s Last Great Race Stan Jensen Going Nowhere Fast on Fatal Terrain at the 2000 Barkley Marathons Blake Wood Running Book to Book at Barkley David Horton Magical Moments in New England's White Mountains Steve Pero Love and Marriage at Hardrock Deb Pero Finding Self Confidence at the Arkansas Traveller 100 Francesca Conte From Head Injuries to Hardrock Marc Witkes Mother's Day at Massanutten Harry Bruell Give Me a Mountain Race Any Day! Greg Loomis Iron Will at the Laurel Highlands Ultra 70 Mile Trail Race Russell Gill Running With Mom at the Wasatch Front 100 Catra Corbett Satisfied with Second Place, For Now Clark T.W. Zealand Miles of Mentoring at Massanutten Bethany Hunter Growing Up at Western States Ann Trason Fire, Ice, and Competition at the 1995 Western States 100 Tim Twietmeyer A Sunrise (or Two) Worth Falling For Ian Torrence Running in Circles at Olander Park Kevin Setnes Adventures in Ultrarunning Ian Adamson Tai Chi and Noodles at the Hong Kong Trailwalker 100km Montrail Women The Ultimate Ultra-Running Adventure Jürgen Ankenbrand Hardrock Dreaming Sue Johnston The Mountains Win Again, and Again Will Brown Running on Sacred Ground Jason Hodde A Dream Fulfilled Rebekah Trittipoe The Last 100 Suzi Cope His Heart Is Still In It Gene Thibeault Joel’s Story Robert B. Boeder The Finish Line Neal Jamison
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