“During the transcon, I lost only four pounds. I threw up only twice (after aspirating some food) and bonked only once. I drank no water, wore – and wore out – more than thirty pairs of shoes and dozens of pairs of socks, and ran the equivalent of 117 marathons in well under two months, completing two each day plus a 10K, running over 120 hours and 400 miles per week, ascending over 84,000 vertical feet. At the age of fifty-seven, I attempted to break a record set by a twenty-eight-year-old and finished the third-fastest crossing ever made on that route.” – Marshall Ulrich in Running on Empty
Hugely accomplished ultra athlete Marshall Ulrich’s recent book, Running on Empty will have you pouring an extra cup of coffee in the morning to prevent your noggin’ for slamming against your office desk due to those late night reading binges. Translate – A good, good read. After graciously receiving a media sample from Marshall, I finished the book within a week which has been the fastest I have read a book in a long time.
In Running On Empty, Marshall shares some personal and running history about himself along with the collection of trials, special experiences, triumphs, and wacky encounters from his 52 day, 3000+ mile RV team-supported journey across the United States that kicked-off in September of 2008.
But beyond the physical body beating.
Beyond the near death encounters – Was that a bullet?
Beyond the internal chatter, negotiations, and mind Poker to keep moving forward.
You are welcomed into the life, into the person, into the essence, into the spirit of Marshall Ulrich. Reading this book felt like a intimate glimpse into a man’s soul, imperfections and all. And for me one of the unique takeaways from the book is the realization of Marshall’s human-ness. He isn’t a super-hero (No big ‘S’ under his tech shirt). He doesn’t have lab generated DNA ( At least I don’t think). He is us! And what a realization that can be.
What is your passion? What are your dreams? What do you want to experience is this life?
Running On Empty is not only a great read related to running, it is inspiration for life!
A subtle formatting cool point of the book is the basic course profile displayed across the base of two pages. A little running man graphic was used to highlight where Marshall was in the journey. This was displayed throughout the entire book. I dig it!
The only part of the book I was slightly bummed about were the minimal number of photos. I would have loved to see more pics from the journey.
Marshall Speaks about the Book
Here is a cool video from the Running On Empty release party at the Denver Athletic Club.
(If you can’t see the video, click here.)
Win a Free Copy of the Book – Buy More Coffee
Marshall’s publishing team was also extremely kind in sending an extra copy of the book. This one could be yours! I am also in an extra festive mood and found some extra change in the bottom of our car so I have decided to purchase another book to share with the Endurance Buzz community.
If you would like to enter a drawing to receive one of TWO free copies of the book, simply add a comment (here or on the Endurance Buzz Facebook page) that answers the following question:
What one running event or experience is on your make-it-happen Dream list?
This could be a 5 km, your first ultra, running on a specific trail, some multi-day adventure, or ????. There are no right answers, share something from your list.
If you wold like to receive up to two bonus entries, ohhh exciting…if you haven’t done so already, “Like” the Marshall Ulrich and Endurance Buzz Facebook pages. Then simply include a “+2” at the end of your response to the question above. If you already follow Marshall and Endurance Buzz on Facebook, not a problem, you can still include “+2” in your comment.
Entry into the drawing closes at 12:01 AM on Monday, June 20th. The two drawing winners will be announced in this article on Monday as well.
[Update 6/20: Drawing Winners]
A huge thanks to all those that shared an event on their dream list! I wish you all the best in the journey of turning that dream into a reality.
With special help from Mr. Random Number Generator, the winners of a copy of Running On Empty are…Paul Mastin and Sarah! Congratulations and enjoy the book!
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
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[This book was a free media sample but the review was completely my own.]
Posted on 14 Jun 2011