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The Rise of the Ultra Runners: A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance Paperback – 1 July 2019
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In The Rise of the Ultra Runners, award-winning author Adharanand Finn travels to the heart of the sport to investigate the reasons behind its rise, and to discover what it takes to be an ultra runner. Through encounters with the extreme and colourful characters of the ultramarathon world, and his own experiences of running ultras everywhere from the deserts of Oman to the Rocky Mountains, Finn offers a fascinating account of people testing the boundaries of human endeavour.
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- Publisher : Guardian Books; Main edition (1 July 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1783351322
- ISBN-13 : 978-1783351329
- Dimensions : 13.5 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 155,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Finn's journey is captured well. The tone of the book is very palpable. Ultra running, the drive people have to do it fascinates me. This book helps to unveil the myriad of reasons why people are drawn to such an extreme endurance sport.
It had me googling running events in my local area. :-)
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I would say that there’s not lots of practical advice for ‘how’ to run ultras. But there’s definitely some helpful advice as the author develops his running form and deals with injuries. However, practical tips aside, the mental inspiration you’ll get from this book is well worth the read if you’re looking to run an ultra or even a marathon.
Great weekend/holiday book. Would definitely recommend.
It was a complete joy to read, I didn't want it to end. As an outsider to the ultra world of
runnin he brings a fresh view and insight into this crazy sport.
His understated rye humour had me laughing out loud. Well done Mr Finn!
It is not just for Ultra Runners, or even Runners – it is for everyone who struggles with the challenges which face us all, in one way or another, on the journey through life.
Finn writes engagingly in a style that makes you want to turn rapidly to the next page to find out what happens during each challenge when the going gets so tough that your inner voice screams at you that its ok to give up.
At these lowest points he discovers in himself the hidden inner strength to continue to the finish.
Early on, he includes the quote from an unknown author which he saw tattooed on the leg of a Spanish ultra athlete.
The Devil whispered in my ear, “You’re not strong enough to withstand the storm.”
I whispered back: “I am the storm.”
Perhaps this is something we can all relate to.