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The Rise of the Ultra Runners [PDF / EPUB] The Rise of the Ultra Runners Once the reserve of only the most hardcore enthusiasts ultra running is now a thriving global industry with hundreds of thousands of competitors each year But is the rise of this most brutal and chall of the Epub ß Once the reserve of only the most hardcore enthusiasts ultra running is now a thriving global industry with hundreds of thousands of competitors each year But is the rise of this most brutal and The Rise PDF \ challenging sport with races that extend into hundreds of miles an antidote to modern life or a symptom of a modern illnessIn The Rise of the Ultra Runners award winning author Adharanand Finn travels to Rise of the PDF/EPUB Ã 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.


10 thoughts on “The Rise of the Ultra Runners

  1. says:

    Actually like ⭐⭐⭐½ Adharanand Finn chose the best possible way to learn about Ultras by getting neck deep in it You'll be glad to know that as a writer he made the best of the opportunityThe book strikes an almost perfect balance of ultrarunning history and lore accurate account of the vibrant culture surrounding it interviews with legendary ultrarunners and great stories all tastefully peppered with his own personal experiences during his journey to ualify for the Ultra Trail du Mont BlancFortunately for us he managed to accomplish all of this without falling into the self importance trap which was definitely a problem for me in Running with the Kenyans So why not a perfect rating? Well when measured against other ultrarunning classics it fails to set a dramatic backdrop for Finn's adventure and this takes away from the fun in Born to Run McDougall was pretty much a total running neophyte who had to not only learn proper running mechanics and find a way to get enough miles in his legs for a race in the copper canyon against the Tarahumara but also manage to convince established ultrarunning stars to join him Finn on the other hand had previously spent time living and training with Kenyans; the finest marathon runners the world has ever seen Further I can tell you from personal experience that today's trail races are pretty much impeccably organized timing chips trackers aid stations every three to five miles finish line festivals professional photography GPX tracks pacers etc In other words far from the bare bones middle of nowhere do or die affair from McDougall's classic Just about any aspiring masochist with enough time and money could theoretically have written Finn's book whereas other works are much uniue in both setting and circumstances It reads a bit like a bunch of race reports sandwiched between covers with the promise of a larger goal to tie it all together This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it isn't specialThere's a couple of factual inaccuracies here and there that are just lazy editing Jim Walmsley was not in the Army but the Air Force Also the phrase most people could do with pain in their lives was not uttered by a Barkley's runner but by Lazarus Lake himselfOverall I'm glad I gave Finn a second chance as I was less than impressed with his earlier work but have heard good things about this one Recommended


  2. says:

    45 stars just to get that out of the wayBreaking into the world of ultra running there's a good mix of road trail track and sand here Finn relays a pretty incredible account of his experience A globe trotting effort to make and conuer the UTMB in France Like most he's wont to commit some costly logistical and logical mistakes on the front end but the hard earned lessons stick and you get to live vicariously through him as he muscles through the myriad issues that can pop up in an ultra Finn's prose is smooth effortlessly describing the locales and even though it all might seem easy the timeline within each of the races Many a race report regardless of the herculean effort the athlete gave can be sunken into at the very best mediocre high school essay territory if you're not willing to dig in on the details the structure the emotion and that's just the beginning You sigh in exasperation when you read on paper how ill prepared he seems to be for some of these challenges; you grin relieved as he reaches the finish line his condition notwithstanding He's a family man talented at running road marathons he may be taking on some of this planet's most hardcore runs But if that's not enough for youThere are numerous brief interviews with the finest ultra athletes alive explorations and musings into why we'd do this to ourselves why we'd consider cheating after suffering through such trials why Kenyans haven't broken into the sport the book's ace in the hole if you ask me movement disciplines meant to shy us away from the over protection of our brain's wiring and words on particular nutrition programs vegan Paleo The rise mentioned on the title could be applied to these elite athletes who are slowly gaining notoriety in the secular sports world andor to the advent of the sport itself which is getting exponentially popular For ultra runners so many of his uandaries will ring familiar but anyone who's driven themselves to their prescribed last resort and found themselves miles ahead of it will snag tightly onto Finn's story; well to that point anyone seeking inspiration may discover it here too I find athletes of all types to be inspiring but there's something about trail running and ultra trail running specifically that demands a fight from deep within Capturing the ups and the downs the oops and the hoorays Finn has authored a fine book on how it feels to overcome what at first appears to be insurmountableMany thanks to NetGalley and Pegasus Books for the advance read


  3. says:

    I can’t get enough of books like this Ultramarathoners thru hikers ordinary people on personal uestsI love all of them They’re my rock stars


  4. says:

    How is anyone able to run 100 miles? Let alone through mountains? Author Finn describes his training for ultra marathoning discussing its growing popularity as people want to go beyond simple marathons He writes of the 'pain cave' ultra runners endure and how successful ones are able to transcend the pain This is one of the better books on ultra sports up there with McDougal's 'Born to Run'


  5. says:

    I run ultras but not even close to the way Finn and the people in this book run them What I've done seems like an easy stroll by comparison I hugely enjoyed this book Finn is a terrific writer and there's enough of interest here for any reader whether you run or not


  6. says:

    It's one of those books that I should not have read a year before but it really fits well in my laid back and experimental approach to sports in 2020 As the author himself has a competitive background in the middle and conventionally long distances I could very much relate with his journey of discovery Half of the book is him talking us through his races so if you're not interested in what a 100k or 24hr footrace entails don't bother picking the book up However if you do you definitely won't be sorry


  7. says:

    I enjoyed many of the stories of other ultra runners that Finn describes in the book particularly the women who seem to be incredibly underrepresented in the media about ultrarunning I really liked hearing about the community aspects of running ultras particularly in South Africa and the bus I did not enjoy Finn's ego and competitiveness in how he described the races and his drive for racing came across as toxic masculinity rather than bravery and honor His lack of humility and deeper reflection about himself and his motives for running really turned me off from reading about the sport The most disturbing part was his attempt at exploiting Kenyan runners in the sport because he wanted competition or something along those lines He came across as at best having a white savior complex that somehow inviting Kenyans was helping them which it blatantly was not and he actually describes how it caused them a headache to be involved At worse he came across as exploitative and lacking compassion interest and understanding about the actual runners their lives and cultures His overt interest in creating competition in the ultrarunning community rather than concern for the actual people was disturbing and emblematic of larger racist exploitative trends in the history of sports and everything else


  8. says:

    I cried at the end because that’s the kind of dweeb I indeed am


  9. says:

    Finished this marvelous book about why ultra runners run some investigations of the author on the topic of health issues and movement some race reviews and a lot Prior to reading this book I already had seen some documentaries and other books that the author mentioned in the book I can Recommand watching them as well on YouTube If you want to learn and read about ultra Running this is one of the many books you should definitely start with Finished this book yesterday Loved every page A book that is written by 'a mortal' instead of the unavailable untouchable elite runner Everything about the pain cave motivations movement and of course ultra Running races


  10. says:

    More like ⭐️⭐️⭐️12I liked it I indentified with it from a runners perspective the feeling that longer just doesn’t make it better And to be honest he has nearly brought me round to ultra running which I thought would be an impossible feat


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