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Dean Karnazes' 'Ultra Marathon Man' may at first glance appear to be a book aimed solely at the running community. Be assured, however, that this is not the case.
This is a book that can be read by anybody and should be read by everybody - seasoned runners and couch-potatoes alike. Dean's story offers a genuine and unpretentious insight into the mind of an ultramarathoner, a man who regularly runs races of over 100 miles in extreme conditions and desolate locations. The book successfully explores the sources of his motivation whilst at all times providing a humble narrative of his personal life. It balances humour, drama and excitement appropriately, offering the reader an enjoyable, entertaining and, ultimately, inspirational read.
Dean's story explores a plethora of themes, which, but to name a few, range through chasing dreams (or giving up on them), family, humility, human capability and happiness. It is undeniable that this book provides lessons in life that can be extracted by anybody, whatever their personal situation. A recurring theme is that pain and struggle are things that we all have to learn to deal with as humans; so why not put on some running shoes and face the struggle head-on?
"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up."