Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters with the Ultramarathon Paperback – Apr 1 2003
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About the Author
Neal Jamison is the editor of Running Through the Wall (Breakaway Books, 2003), and has written for Adventure Sports Magazine, Trail Runner, and Runner's World.
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If you've heard of ultrarunning and are curious or if you're looking for a new challenge and want to see what doing ultras is all about then this is a great book for you. It's not a how-to book but then the best way to learn how to do something is to do it - not to read a book about how to do it. These are stories written by ultrarunners of all levels and they really do a great job of getting across what it is like for ordinary people to perform extraordinary feats.
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But most fascinating are the honest remarks by people who fell short, who "failed", and who in the process succeeded in learning something important about themselves. My favorite of all, by Keith Knipling:
"In the process of completely exhausting myself, I connect with an inner part of me ordinarily veiled by the everyday distractions of life. During that short time spent on a trail in the mountains, my life is reduced to its simplest terms. Most ultrarunners are people who find goodness and joy in difficult times, who see beyond the misery to the beauty of nature, and who truly realize the elemental and important aspects of life. Going for a run always clears my head, but running 100 miles distills my soul."
I love the fact that such a diverse group of people were called upon to contribute to this book. The diversity of it is definitely its strongest suit.
It made me decide to give ultra a shot!
When finishing it, I simply longed for more and wished it had been a 500 pager or more...