My wife got me Dean Karnazes's book "50/50" for Father's Day. I have gobbled up about 100 pages already, it's a great read, and I highly recommend it. I've been wanting to read it for awhile, so I'm very glad she got it for me.
One of the first things Dean says in his book is that "I'm just an average guy." I'm not so sure about that. He seems pretty "non-average" to me. This is a guy that has run over 100 miles a day on multiple occasions. I can't even imagine.
The book chronicles Dean's journey in running 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days in 50 states. (sidenote: one of the pictures in the book is of him running through Aviston, Illinois, where my mom is from. It's a small town of about 1,500 people, so I thought that was neat and showed my mom) Almost amazing as the physical accomplishment in the feat is the incredible coordination it took to pull off these events. The logistics, the cost, the man-power, etc took a lot of prep work and planning.
I really like his little tips and advice that are sprinkeld throughout the book too. Tips on what to eat, how to lose weight and stay healthy, injury prevention, etc. I can't wait to read the rest.
I did skip ahead to the "Stats and Musings" chapter at the end of the book. Check out some of these stats from his 50/50 journey:
Total mileage during the journey: 1,310
Calories burned while running: 160, 355
Avg marathon time: 3:53 (the fastest was his last, the New York City Marathon, in 3:00:30)
Hottest temperature: 104 degrees (Arizona)
Coldest temperature: 38 degrees (Alaska)
Number of shoes: 5 pairs
Lost toenails: 3
Avg hours of sleep per night: 4 1/2
And amazingly, after running 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days, he had lost only one pound. Dean is one totally fit guy, and a real inspiration. If you haven't read this book, get it. It will inspire you. (I also learned that he has attached his name to the Silicon Valley marathon in October, for those interested.)