Running Through the Wall by Neal Jamison, paperback, 288 pages, Breakaway Books (2003), ISBN: 1891369377
This book is a great inspiration not only to current ultrarunners, and to marathoners looking for the next challenge, but also to runners of all abilities, who will see that there is nothing you can't do if you have the desire. For anyone who has run a marathon, or who has run long on a Sunday afternoon, and wonders: "How far could I go?", this book provides an awe-inspiring, extraordinary answer: "As far as you want". Running 30, 50, or 100 miles is possible for any runner who has the determination to train and the courage to just keep going. What makes ultrarunners tick? What goes through their minds at mile 93? How can you train for such a colossal undertaking? These questions and many more are answered in this inspiring collection of thirtynine personal stories from ultramarathoners. Ultramarathoning is the logical next step for those who burn with a desire to explore their limits, and beyond. It is impossible to run ultra distances without coming away with at least one fascinating story. This book is full of them. There are stories of fatigue, blisters, nausea, and despair. But the ultrarunner prevails to find hope, love, healing, self-discovery, friendship, selflessness, and in the end, for most, triumph. Learn what it feels like to run an ultra from the champions, the newcomers, and the veterans of the sport. These collected stories from 39 ultramarathoners – beginners and vets, fast and slow, women and men, young and old – tell what it's like every step of the way. Ordinary runners will find the extraordinary in themselves.