The Extra Mile

The item on the list today is a great book. I was at the local library over a year and a half ago and was looking for a good book to read. I was looking for some inspiration, some life lessons and some humor. The third thing on the 26.2 Christmas list is a book that every runner should read. Pam Reed’s book, “The Extra Mile: One Woman’s Personal Journey to Ultra-Running Greatness.

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Honestly, anyone who can run a marathon is an inspiration to me, anyone who can run more than that is a super human. Pam’s book is humorous, lighthearted and incredibly real and an easy read. She really is “human” and some of her funny antics while running make you really laugh out loud. She is so thoughtful and many of her insights didn’t only inspire my running, but inspired my life.
Currently she is the race director for the Tucson Marathon, (which I will one day run just to meet her) In 2005, she became the first person to complete a 300-mile run without sleep, breaking Dean Karnazes’s then-record of 262 miles. (Karnazes claims to have surpassed her distance later.) She completed the run in slightly less than eighty hours.
In 2003, she set the women’s record for the USATF 24-hour track run, which she still holds.
She is the only woman to have won the Badwater Ultramarathon (in both 2002 and 2003).
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(How fun does she look to hang out with! I’m sure her stories are just incredible!) Her success didn’t come easy though. She is super busy, having three boys and a dog, and her life included supporting the boys in their sports, school activities, working and then trying to fit in her training to accomplish goals, which are very lofty. She shocked the running world in 2002 when she won the sport’s most grueling race—135 miles from Death Valley to Mount Whitney—beating her closest competitor by 5 hours! Yet her athletic accomplishments are only half the story. She also tells of her 15-year-long battle with anorexia. She also discusses her passion for ultrarunning — to discover how far the human body can be pushed. She is fun and it’s a great read. I really recommend it!
I found the book to be a very good, but also page turning read. She is quirky, and her daily life and how she fits in her training runs to how she raced with a stroller with a sprayer is very entertaining. You can buy the book here, and it retails for 15.95 on BarnesandNobels.com.
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11 Responses to The Extra Mile

  1. Mojito Maven says:

    I have actually been wanting to read this book!!!!!! I also find people who are ultra runners inspiring!!!!!!

    Hope you had a very happy turkey day!!!!!

  2. Burger says:

    I got to meet Pam at the LA Marathon Expo earlier this year (where I also purchased her book). Nice gal and absolutely amazing what she puts her body through in these ultras.

    Never finished the book but I hope to one day.

  3. BeachRunner says:

    Cool stuff. I will look for that book at the library too.

  4. Marcy says:

    I’ve been meaning to pick up that book! I remember Lisa (Java Mom) read it last year (or maybe the year before) and her telling me about it.

  5. Denise says:

    Perfect timing! Just finished a book and looking for another one to start!

  6. Lacey Nicole says:

    Thanks Danica! I’m always looking for new running books. I read What I Talk About When I talk about running and also Marathon Woman– both reeeeeeally good. 5 HOURS was her closest competitor?! jeeeeeeeeeeeez.

  7. ~Mrs. Guru~ says:

    Ooooh, this book sounds so good!! I am going to have to add it to my want list!!

  8. D10 says:

    I am going to have to check this book out. It sounds like a great and fast read.

    Hope you had a nice bike ride.

  9. Jenn says:

    I’m going to see if my library has it. I’ve been running more and would love to hear about her experience!

  10. The Happy Runner says:

    Sounds like a good book. I’m a sucker for running books so I will check it out.

  11. J says:

    Oooo sounds like a great book! I have added it to my reading list! Thanks for posting this christmas list – it really is a great idea and I know you put alot of time and effort into it!

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