117 marathons, 52 days, 32 pairs of shoes, 57 years old: A fascinating glimpse inside the mind of an ultramarathon runner and the inspirational saga of his phenomenal journey running across America.
The ultimate endurance athlete, Marshall Ulrich has run more than 100 foot races averaging over 100 miles each, completed 12 expedition-length adventure races, and ascended the Seven Summits - including Mount Everest - all on his first attempt. Yet his run from California to New York- the equivalent of running two marathons and a 10K every day for nearly two months straight - proved to be his most challenging effort yet.
Featured in the recent documentary film, Running America, Ulrich clocked the 3rd fastest transcontinental crossing to date and set new records in multiple divisions. In Running on Empty, he shares the gritty backstory, including brushes with death, run-ins with the police, and the excruciating punishments he endured at the mercy of his maxed-out body. Ulrich also reached back nearly 30 years to when the death of the woman he loved drove him to begin running - and his dawning realization that he felt truly alive only when pushed to the limits.
Filled with mind-blowing stories from the road and his sensational career, Ulrich's memoir imbues an incredible read with a universal message for athletes and nonathletes alike: face the toughest challenges, overcome debilitating setbacks, and find deep fulfillment in something greater than achievement
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I've been reading a lot of books by and about ultrarunners over the last year or so. Ultramarathon Man and 50/50 by Dean Karnazes, Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, Finding Ultra by Rich Roll, Eat and Run by Scott Jurek, and now Running on Empty by Marshall Ulrich. I've noticed some similarities in the backstories and motivations of these ultrarunners.
Personal tragedy is one common theme. Scott lost his mother and Marshall lost his first wife to crippling, horrible diseases. Rich battled alcoholism and had his first wife leave him during their honeymoon. Marshall had two failed marriages following the death of his first wife. All turned to running partly to cope with, and partly to literally run away from tragedy. (Dean's life, from what I remember, was not as marked by tragedy, though he did lose a sister to an accident at a young age.)
Another common theme is an almost superhuman ability to disown pain. Dean, Scott, and Marshall have all not only...
This is decent read about ultra-runner Marshall Ulrich's attempt to run across America. It says something about his character that he was willing to discuss what started his running obsession in the first place: the death of his first wife Jean, and it takes a lot of guts to talk about how this obsession affected his family and relationships. There are a few spots where the book drags a little bit. The best parts are the little stories he tells of the people he met as he crossed the country. For me, it seemed as if the book itself is just slightly disjointed in that it could have been written in several parts and published in a magazine. It's still definitely worth a read, especially if what motivates you to run is something similar to what inspired Marshall Ulrich.
Inspiring! Thought provoking! Compelling! Seamlessly woven into the fabric of Running on Empty, are three complimentary themes: achieving extraordinary results, sharing deeply fulfilling love and living with personal integrity in our commitments and respect of other people.
Is this book for you? Ever feel frustrated when you realize that your dreams continue to be just far-off fantasies? Ever feel a gnawing emptiness when you recognize that you're alone and have no really deep connection with anyone like a special soul-mate? Ever feel self-alienated by how you compromise your commitments to yourself and others? Marshall addresses each of these major life concerns without ever resorting to a direct self help book teaching style. In this true-life story, Marshall shares compelling examples of how he relentlessly works to actualize his dreams, emotionally moving examples of how he dedicatedly honors and cherishes his soul-mate Heather and situation examples of how he...
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