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Review: 50/50 by Dean Karnazes


I just finished the book 50/50 by Dean Karnazes, better known as "the UltraMarathon Man". The day I completed the book Dean was also on an ABC special about super humans, which makes this much more fun to write. I have to admit this is one special person. What makes him special? Well as a runner you will not find a more dedicated and prolific runner on the planet. He has mastered the art of endurance and has taken it to levels that most will not achieve. 50/50 is book about Dean's accomplishment of 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. Sounds crazy but this reader is envious. 50/50 is co-authored by Matt Fitzgerald who does a fine job of keeping the books thread moving at a good pace. The book itself can be very inspirational and at the same time informative. The real beauty of this book lies in the connections that Dean makes along the way with average runners. As an average runner myself, Dean finds a way to talk to me as the reader. Stories of people that have overcome personal problems, situations and obstacles  to achieve their goal of completing the marathon. One that comes to mind is person that has lost a leg and worked to complete their goal.

Along the way Dean infuses the reader with fantastic tips and thoughts to help you become your best. Dean's advice as well as diet recommendations are easy to comprehend and make sense. Now his advice is easy but the execution by yourself may be another. The one thing that Dean doesn't do is tell you that it is easy. The message he gives is that discipline, hard work and smart thinking will help you along your journey. The book is a quick read and can be read in short bits allowing for opportunities to pick it up on the fly. The book can at times feel a little self indulgent, but hey running 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states allows a certain self promotion. If you would like some inspiration then pick up this book. Check out Dean at and you can buy the book Amazon by clicking here.