Saturday, January 22, 2005

Restless in Vancouver

Restless in Vancouver

Four days without running is driving me around the bend. I’ve cleaned house, caught up with the laundry and slept as much as is possible. But the urge to go for a run has left me as itchy as a new tattoo.

Having promised Dr. Boris I’d stay out of lycra-spandex until at least Sunday, I’ve tried to scratch my running itch with the next best thing. If you can’t do it, at least you can read about it! I went out to a local bookstore and loaded up on running magazines (I’ve already got a stack of books on running taller than me).

The best of the bunch this month is definitely Runner’s World February issue. The front cover story features a man, one Dean Karnazes, whose running exploits I can thoroughly appreciate, and better yet, identify with. Karnazes is an ultramarathon specialist, a runner who doesn’t really get going until he’s out past the hundred mile mark. A winner of the vaunted Badwater Race in 2004, one of Ultramarathoning’s crown jewels, Karnazes has his sights set on running 300 continuous miles. His longest run to date? 262 miles (or 10 marathons back-to-back nonstop) A great piece and a great read.

Dean Karnazes has his own website at The site also mentions his book coming out later this Spring in 2005.

"There are those of us whose idea of the ultimate physical challenge is the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon. And then there is Dean Karnazes. Karnazes has run 262 miles nonstop; he has won the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon across Death Valley-considered the world's toughest footrace-in 130-degree weather, and he has run a marathon to the South Pole.

Ultramarathon Man is Dean Karnazes' story: the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada. Karnazes captures the euphoria and out-of-body highs of these adventures and just as graphically describes the often gruesome bummers (he once fell asleep while running and just missed being hit by a car in the middle of a two-lane highway).

With an insight and candor rarely seen in sports memoirs, he also reveals how he merges the solitary, manic, self-absorbed life of hard-core ultrarunning with a full-time job, a wife, and family, and how running has made him who he is today: a man with an uberjock's body, a teenager's energy, and a champion's widsom."

Release date: March 17th, 2005"

A follow-up article in Runner's World on what it takes to run your first Ultramarthon and a 16 week training program to tackle your first 50 miler is also well worth the read.


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