By arungupta on Sep 11, 2009
Just finished reading Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner. This book is authored by Dean Karnazes (popularly known as "Karno") - an ultra endurance runner. The book describes Karno's journey of becoming an ultra endurance runner and is highly inspirational. I give a strong recommendation for any runner to read this book (buy @ Amazon). Here is a very brief list of his running accolades:
Here are some inspirational / motivational / training quotes from the book:
- Don't run with your legs, run with your heart.
- If running feels good, you didn't push hard enough. It's supposed to hurt like hell.
- Go out harder and finish harder.
- Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.
- Pain and suffering are often the catalysts for life's most profound lessons.
- If you had the courage, stamina, and persistence to cross the finish line, you are a champion.
- Long distance runners requires a certain discretion and reserve. It's easy to let you ego get the better of you early on and run beyond your means. It's a mistake that may haunt as the miles and the hours add up.
- When exhaustion sets in, the mind often rationalizes the irrational. For example, 38 miles = 1 marathon + 2 10 Ks.
- Pain is the body's way of ridding itself of weakness.
- Most dreams die a slow death. They're conceived in a moment of passion, with the prospect of endless possibility, but often languish and are not pursued with the same heartfelt intensity as when first born. Slowly, subtly, a dream becomes elusive and ephemeral.
- If you can't run then walk. And if you can't walk then crawl. Do what you have to do. Just keep moving forward and never, even give up.
A shorter version of the above quote is:
Run when you can
Walk if you have to
Crawl if you must
Just never give up.
- Runners are real people. They don't run for money or recognition, they do it out of passion. Most have day job that pay the bills, and running is a labor of love.
- Without discipline to rise before dawn and pound out the miles, you'll never make it. If the fire in your heart isn't strong, there's no point trying.
- How to run an ultramarathon ? Puff out your chest, put one foot in front of the other, and don't stop till you cross the finish line.
- When it gets right down to it, the levels of commitment and devotion required to excel as an ultra-endurance athlete are all-consuming.
- The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless.
- Pursuit of a passion matters more than the passion itself. Immerse yourself in something deeply and with heartfelt intensity - continually improve, never give up - this is fulfillment, this is success.
- Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you're not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you're not demanding more from yourself - expanding and learning as you go - you're choosing a numb existence. You're denying yourself an extraordinary trip.
I only wish to reach up to 10% of his level ... that's my first "baby step". And certainly a dream would be run/train along with him :)