David’s #3: Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss

Ultramarathon man Dean Karnazes’ third book is a compilation of short stories from various races, events and experiences over the years. There are a few heartwarming moments and bits of inspiration scattered throughout, but overall the book is pretty boring and does not live up to its potential. Dean has shown us in his previous books that he can write gripping stories recounting his many running exploits, such as racing through the Gobi desert and across Antarctica, both of which are mentioned here.  But the constant highs and lows are missing this time.  His previous books naturally stirred up admiration, a desire to hit the trails, and revealed the depth of his drive, character, and passion, as a man, accomplished runner, and family man. “Run” on the other hand tries too hard, and at the same time doesn’t. The stories are rather bland, end before they get good, and try to force emotion and life lessons. If you’re looking for an adventurous page turner or some inspiration to get off the couch and go for a run, skip this one and opt instead for “Ultramarathon Man” or “50/50”.

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