Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ultramarathon Man

A couple of days ago I received an email from Fleet Feet Monterey that a Dean Karnazes was going to be stopping by for an hour as one of his stops from San Francisco to the L.A Marathon. His source of transportation , usually his two feet but this time via ElliptiGO.
This email also stated what he was was the author of ULTRAMARATHON MAN , which I had seen several times at Borders. Wanting to support Fleet Feet and check out a new book I RSVPed for the event.

So yesterday (last minute of course) I remembered to pick up ULTRAMARATHON MAN from Borders so I could get Dean to sign it. What ended up as book I just wanted to purchase to get an autograph turns out to be my now all time favorite book.
What is there to say about ULTRAMARATHON MAN , well that Dean Karnazes is THEE MAN. This guy is the ultimate beast. 100 miles in one day? Marathon to the South Pole? A 200 mile SOLO relay race to Santa Cruz?
I laughed HYSTERICALLY (seriously) and cried, then cried some more.
He shares his pain which is constant ( come one 100 mile run?), his family and how he uses his talent to help others. If you want the ultimate pump up book , this is it. The book left me thinking, if he can possibly run 100 miles in one day there is absolutely no reason I ( and YOU , thinking about YOU too) cant at least walk 1 mile a day.
Im not one for in depth reviews , but I can assure you this is an easy and enjoyable read.
Now to get to the cool part. After I spent my evening opening my heart and dreams to this book I got to meet THEE MAN.

Showing up fashionably late ( but who is to complain ? we sure as heck werent going to ElliptiGO from San Francisco) he cruises up on a elliptical on wheels. First thing I noticed were his legs! Now before I had left the house I had seen Ron W.'s picture post of this mans calfs and was shocked , but to see those bad boys in person was like "holy shit".
Next thing I noticed was he wasnt very tall ... he wasnt tall at all. I got over that and was surprised at how happy he was to be there and what a welcoming smile he had.
The line formed for book signing and people werent asking much ... I personally wanted to pepper him with questions but I silently waited for my turn . When I get up to him he informs me that he has to use the restroom. So I wait and all I could think about is in his book he talks about how he literally pees on the run. Finally we meet and I admitted to him that I didnt even know who he was till yesterday after I read his book and I was blown away. He was shocked I read his book in one sitting calling it "Ultramarathon reading" and just smiled and was glad that he could see that I had a "passion" for running. He met my husband and was sweet to my crazy kids. We talked about the "pain" of running and if he was trekking to L.A solo. Again I was blown away with his genuine smile and infectious spirit that was radiating from him.
To wrap it up this man was legit, hardcore, inspirational, and motivational.
" ...True, running is a simple primitive act. Yet in its subtleties lies tremendous power. For in running, the muscles work a little harder, the blood flows a little faster, the heart beats a little stronger. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that" - Dean Karnazes, ULTRAMARATHON MAN


  1. Very cool! I'll have to check out that book.

  2. Thanks for posting, Christina! I will definitely check it out.

  3. Those are amazing calves. Wow.

    Looks like another book to add to my "must read" list.

  4. HOLY LEGS!!!!!!

  5. This guy is pretty much like the Chuck Norris of running I guess.. Nice blog Christina!

  6. Wow, those are some crazy legs!