When it comes to running, Dean Karnazes is a legend – especially in the world of ultrarunning. Dean’s autobiography, Ultramarathon Man – Confessions of an All-Night Runner, is on its surface an account of epic and entertaining personal performances in the iconic races of ultrarunning (e.g. Western States 100, Badwater, and The Relay).
However, a deeper reading brings to surface some of the tips and routines Dean developed in his quest from being average 9-5 Office Worker to the Ultramarathon Man.
This video blog summarizes my Top 4 insight takeways after having read the book.
Whether you’re looking for a historical account of famous ultramarathon courses, personal inspiration, or a relaxing weekend read, Dean Karnazes’ book delivers — from start to Finish Line.
Reading Guide for Book Clubs
- Which of Dean’s ultramarathon stories was the most enjoyable to you? Which was most inspiring? Why?
- Dean mentions that running is a “selfish” activity. However, Dean also provides many examples of how his running has brought others together. Consider how Dean’s running may actually be an unselfish
- Dean’s first attempt at the Badwater Ultramarthon ends in a DNF. How did this DNF, if at all, prepare Dean for his later success at the South Pole Marathon in quite literally the exact opposite set of weather conditions and terrain.
- Dean spends a good amount of time considering his “Why” for running – in his unique origin story that initially got him out the door and then subsequently sustained his passion. What is your “Why” or unique origin story for running?
- MAIN QUESTION: What are three habits or routines that Dean implements in his life to enable the time he spends running?