Karnazes is an ultramarathoner: a member of a small, elite, hard-core group of extreme athletes who race 100 miles and longer. They can run forty-eight hours and more without sleep. They can scale mountains, in brutally hot or cold weather, pushing their bodies, minds, and spirits well past what seems humanly possible. Karnazes has run 226.2 miles nonstop; he has completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon across Death Valley in 130-degree weather; and he is the only person to complete a marathon to the South Pole in running shoes. With an insight and candor rarely seen in sports memoirs, he reveals how he merges the solitary, manic, self-absorbed life of hard-core ultrarunning with a full-time job, a wife, and two children, and how running has made him who he is today
Finding Ultra is an incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever
On the night before he was to turn forty, Rich Roll experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he could see where his current sedentary life was taking him—and he woke up.
Plunging into a new routine that prioritized a plant-based lifestyle and daily training, Rich morphed—in a matter of mere months—from out of shape, mid-life couch potato to endurance machine. Finding Ultra recounts Rich’s remarkable journey to the starting line of the elite Ultraman competition, which pits the world’s fittest humans in a 320-mile ordeal of swimming, biking, and running. And following that test, Rich conquered an even greater one: the EPIC5—five Ironman-distance triathlons, each on a different Hawaiian island, all completed in less than a week.
In the years since Finding Ultra was published, Rich has become one of the world’s most recognized advocates of plant-based living. In this newly revised and updated edition, he shares the practices, tools, and techniques he uses for optimal performance, longevity, and wellness, including diet and nutrition protocols. Rich reflects on the steps he took to shift his mindset and leverage deep reservoirs of untapped potential to achieve success beyond his wildest imagination, urging each of us to embark on our own journey of self-discovery.
Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.
Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.
With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
REAL-WORLD, SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TRAINING TECHNIQUES THAT WILL DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE YOUR SPEED, ENDURANCE, AND INJURY RESISTANCE by:
SALLY EDWARDS Ultra-marathoner, former master’s world record holder in the Ironman Triathlon, and Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee
CARL FOSTER, PH.D., F.A.C.S.M. Professor of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
ROY M. WALLACK Los Angeles Times fitness columnist and author of Run for Life
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
SALLY EDWARDS is a former master’s world record holder in the Ironman Triathlon, a 1984 Olympic marathoner trials finisher as well as a world record holder in the Iditashoe 100-Mile Snowshoe Race. She has competed in some of the hardest races on the planet, including the Western States 100-Mile Run which she won. A leader in the field of fitness training, Sally holds a master’s in exercise physiology and is the creator and CEO of the Heart Zones Training System, which uses heart rate data and cardiac training ranges to enhance athletic performance. A founder of the sport of triathlon (and a Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee), most of Sally’s recent races have been performed in her role as the national spokeswoman for the Danskin Triathlon Series.
CARL FOSTER PH.D., FACSM, is the former president of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a professor of exercise and sport science at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and director of the Human Performance Laboratory at UW–L. Carl is a former associate editor-in-chief of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and a co-editor of American College of Sports Medicine’s Health/Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines. His distinguished professional career and accomplishments have produced over 250 scientific papers, book chapters, and longer works.
ROY M. WALLACK is a longtime writer, editor, and author specializing in fitness train-ing, gear, and adventure travel. A fitness columnist for the Los Angeles Times, he is the former editor of Triathlete and Bicycle Guide magazines, and a contributor to a variety of magazines, including Outside, Men’s Journal, Runner’s World, Muscle & Fitness, Playboy, Competitor, Consumer’s Digest, Bicycling, Mountain Bike, and others. His books include Run for Life: The Breakthrough Plan for Fast Times, Fewer Injuries, and Spectacular Lifelong Fitness(2009), Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100(2005), and The Traveling Cyclist: 20 Worldwide Tours of Discovery(1991). A frequent participant in some of the world’s toughest endurance events, including the Badwater Ultramarathon, the Eco-Challenge, the 750-mile Paris-Brest-Paris randonee, and the TransAlp Challenge, he was inducted into the 24 Hours of Adrenaline Solo Hall of Fame in 2008 and finished second in the World Fitness Championship in 2004.
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