I love to read, but often have a hard time finding the time or attention span to get through a book. Usually a book has to really be able to pull me in to get me to read it, otherwise I just fall asleep or succumb to the many distractions around my house. This book I knew I should finish since I was reviewing it and all, so I hoped I could make it through.
I was sent an advanced copy of Running on Empty a couple months ago. It took me a while before I opened it up, but finally in my post-Boston laziness, I decided it was time to read.
The book starts off giving an account of who Marshall Ulrich is, all the amazing things he has accomplished, and why he started running.
Incase you don’t know who he is (I didn’t!) he is an extremely accomplished ultra-marathoner, as well as accomplisher of many other crazy adventure sports. He has won Badwater 4 times, run more than 120 ultra-marathons, and has made it to the peak of Mount Everest just to name a few because the list goes on and on.
I always say that during a marathon a lot can happen over 26.2 miles. Imagine that 117 times over 52 days. And at 57 years old. For some reason I never truly grasped the enormity of what a transcontinental run really was until I started reading this book.
60+ miles a day. Everyday. For 52 days.
You think a lot can happen over one marathon… that’s nothing.
Marshall encounters drama, injuries, pain, exhaustion, emotion, and things I don’t believe a lot of us will really ever be able to grasp. He pushed himself to limits that are beyond anything I have ever encountered.
I don’t like to go into too much detail about books because I think you should just go get one and find out yourself, but what I will say is it’s worth the read. I didn’t have to force myself to get through this one, I wanted to read it and looked forward to opening the book every night, which says a lot coming from me lately.
Ulrich writes a real, raw, emotional, painful account of his very long journey across the United States and his very long journey through life and finding himself. He brings you with him on every step and you can feel that pain and his glory too.
Want to find out more about Marshall? Here are some links:
Now to the good part. Do you want your own copy? I am giving one away!
To enter: Leave a comment telling me what your craziest athletic/physical dream is.
Mine would be a 100 mile race – Great Western States anyone? Not that it will ever necessarily happen, but that would be the craziest thing I would ever think of doing.
The contest will stay open until next Tuesday, May 31st at midnight California time and I will announce a winner on Wednesday, June 1st.
Speaking of announcing winners, I have one to announce from the See Jane Run race entry giveaway last week! I tried to get a little more creative with picking the winner this time and enlisted the cats help, but they ended up not being very helpful and I had to pick the winner myself.
The winner is: Katie from In Oak Park!!
I run to stay healthy, mentally and physically. I had a crazy year with lots of health issues and enough medical procedures to keep me doing my best to stay as healthy as possible without the doctor! Running helps me get there!
Congrats Katie! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get you the info you need.
***I was given a copy of Running on Empty at no cost to me in exchange for my review. TLC Book Tours also is providing the copy to giveaway at no cost to me. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.