I don’t know why I waited so long to listen to this book. Honestly I saw “50” twice on the cover and thought it was about 50 50ks, and I assumed it was probably an egotistical ultra runner who I would not be able to relate to, reliving his glory. This couldn’t have been further from the case. Yes, Dean is an ultra runner, but this book is about the endurance 50, 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days.
Suggestion: read or listen to this book when you are currently registered and/or training for a marathon. If you are a runner who is taking a marathon hiatus, I think you will get more out of this book while you are in the marathon training trenches.
Dean. What a guy. Humble isn’t the right word. I mean, really, why should he be humble? What he did was amazing. Grounded is the word I would choose. Grounded, and running fanatical for sure. And, he does come across as a truly good person. Good son, great dad, amazing husband, a role model, volunteer, philanthropist, friend. And also an amazing endurance athlete. One thing that kind of rubbed me the wrong way was a decision he made right after the 50/50 challenge, at the very end of the book. He ended up coming to his senses with his “Forest Gumpish moment,” but I found myself being like, Really, dude? That’s kind of the opposite of the grounded person I saw emerging from the rest of the book.
For the average reader, this relatively quick read is probably not a tear jerker. Me being the emotional sappy sap I am, of course I shed a few cheers at a few points. I would go into details about the few times i got pretty choked up, but I want to keep this review spoiler free .
I really, really enjoyed this book, and now maybe just a tiny bit fan girl. It sparked my curiosity in Karnazes. I don’t have any immediate plans to read his other works, but I would be interested in viewing some interviews.