Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Running on Empty Review & Giveaway!

When I have some downtime, things I read usually fit into a few general categories:

  • The back of the shampoo bottle or whatever else is within reaching distance of the toilet (because I forgot my phone)
  • Blogs on my phone
  • The free local paper that is mysteriously delivered to my neighbor’s driveway my driveway every Thursday and Friday
  • Books about running, running training, or other people who have done crazy things while running


When Marshall Ulrich’s publicist said that she was coordinating a virtual book tour for Marshall’s new book Running on Empty I was all in. If you’ve never heard of him, Marshall is an extreme ultra marathoner who has not only completed 122 ultra marathons averaging over 100 miles each but also completed a 586-mile 'Badwater Quad,' covering the 135 mile death valley Badwater course FOUR times (twice up and back). Oh, and did I mention that he is 60 years old? Yeah, he’s hard core. So hard core that he had his toenails removed in order to avoid chronic problems he experienced due to the extreme number of miles he was racing and training. Crazy.Hard.Core.

In his book, “Running on Empty” Marshall chronicles his 3000 mile journey across the US – from California to New York – while he was 57 years old! Do you want to know what I plan on doing when I am 57 years old? I’ll tell you, absolutely nothing. But I digress….. As I read the book, I was honestly surprised at how much of a page turner it was. When I woke up in the morning, it was one of the first things that I thought about doing.

In front of my wife’s massive collection of kids books, getting my read on
In her robe, because that is how I roll on the weekends


Sitting in my easy chair, all that I needed was a pipe


Honestly, I half expected the book to be a day by day running log about what he was feeling (tired), where he ran (east), and what he saw (roadkill). Instead, what I read was almost a memoir on his life where he dives into failed marriages, where he gets is immeasurable drive, and why he does some of the amazing things he does. It was very interesting to read the many back stories on the planning that is required, the politics of pulling off such feats, and how he leaned on the ones that he truly loved.

Specifically, I loved how he spoke of the trials and tribulations of his crew. While always supportive, I found it interesting how he didn’t always feel like listening to them – but knew deep down that it was the right thing to do. I think that we all feel that way on occasion – I know that I certainly do. I sometimes need to be told something three or four times before it finally “sinks in”. It was really good to hear that I wasn’t the only one.

Finally, possibly one of the best parts was that Marshall completely understood his audience and provided all of the dirty details of his 3000 mile run (in appendix format). How many shoes, injuries, calories, etc. For a numbers guy like me, it was the icing on the cake.

Since you’ve read this far down and had your eyes burned by that picture of me in the robe, the publisher has made available a second copy to give away to one of YOU! No Marshall Ulrich type feats here, just 5 seconds of your time! Just follow my blog and leave me a comment saying that you do.

Received the book for free (and so can you! Why are you reading this down here?? enter enter enter!!), but wasn't asked for a positive review

75 comments:

Jamoosh said...

When I am 57 years old I am going to run 3003 miles so I can write a book, "Running A Bit Further On Empty!"

giraffy said...

Follower. But only for the robe shots. Those are something special.

Laura said...

I really, really, REALLY love Jamoosh's idea. Except I don't know if it counts in empty if you keep stopping for pints along the way?

You know I follow you. Probably too closely for comfort.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I follow you.

How many pictures could you NOT post because of wardROBE malfunctions?

Alanna said...

I follow you. :) I actually saw the shelf first and wondered what titles are there - I think I love kids books far more than my 4 year old. You just looked like a pillow at first glance. Sorry.

Melissa said...

Follower. Unfortunately I have no witty comments about the pictures of you in that robe :)

Daniel Flahiff said...

I'd read any book by a man who had his toenails removed.

Evolving Through Running said...

If I reach 3,000 years old, I will run 57 miles and have my toes removed.

LisaMM said...

Great review! Complete with photos, wow! LOL I'm cringing slightly about the toenails. That's extreme. Thank you so much for being on the tour for Running on Empty!

Ironmom (Julie) said...

I'm a follower. Thanks for the contest!

SupermomE12 said...

I follow and would love to win a copy of this book. :)

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

I'll only follow you if you remove all your toenails.

Penny said...

I follow and I would love to read this book.

Caroline said...

I follow your blog and I also get free papers from my neighbors..if it touches my driveway it is mine right?

trailturtle said...

Ditto to Penny's comment above!
Would never remove my toenails (voluntarily)

Michele said...

Seriously had his toenails removed? I don't know if I am impressed and in awe, or disgusted. Hmmm.
Just became a follower, found you through SUAR. Just picked up Dean K's 50 in 50 book, and was going to read this one next. Sure would be nice to add it to my shelf for free...these entrance fees are killing me! :-)

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

I follow and I'm in. I'd really like to read this book. It seems to be making it's way around the blogs. Thanks for doing the contest!

Runners Fuel said...

I follow and read every day!!

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

I follow, I read, I enjoy. And the robe..? Maybe if I get the book...I'll send you my neighbors robe.?

bobbi said...

I follow, and I'd love to read this!

Run with Jess said...

I follow... but merely to see the sprawling robe shots! Thanks for that!

Kristi said...

I follow!

The Banter said...

I was already following and planned on commenting anyway.
P.S. I read your Tweet on chicken legs. Glad you got the pics to prove it.

http://tri-banter.blogspot.com/

Suza said...

Haha I LOVE the picture in the robe. You're trying way too hard! ;)

I follow your blog -- which is more than you do for me! :( Should I host my own giveaway to make more friends hmmmmmmmmmmm

SquirrelHead said...

I follow your blog and blame you for the sudden need for a bathroom during my run.

Shane said...

I have been following your blog for a week or so now, but I like to stay in the shadows and just enjoy the posts. I also follow you on Twitter, same concept there.

Now I am back off to my shadow as I wait to see if I was lucky enough to win yet another great Ultra-Marathon related book I have yet to read.

PS. Next robe shot calls for more thigh!

Adrienne said...

I follow you even though I get scared when I see you in your robe.

Shawn said...

You know I follow...and that robe is way toooo short for me..if you know what I mean......borrrrinngggggg!!!!!


And the toenail pulling....are we sure that did not start in Vegas? Like, one of the world's greatest excuses as to why I have no toenails..."Yeah, so I'm like a runner and my nails bug me"..not..." Yo Marshall, Vinny wants his 4gs or your toenails...your choice"...

Have a good one...and watch those nails!!!!

pajamachef said...

i'm a follower...and that toenail article is nasty. i run marathons and have lost toenails but acid? yuckkkk!

Chris K said...

At least you didn't show your bare chest. Thank you for that. I'll take that book.

Suza said...

Haha, thanks for following!! It made my day :)

Joanna said...

I just started reading a few weeks ago and apparently wasn't a follower yet. I am now! And would love to read that book.

Sheina T. said...

I'm definitely a follower! Your posts ALWAYS make me laugh!

Elizabeth said...

yellow is your color! i’m a follower!

jess said...

I am a follower :)

and my mind is forever etched with a vision of you in a robe, nice.

Zaneta said...

I'm a follower of your crazy (somehow not boring) blog ;)

MikeMilzz said...

Follow

Tim "Palantar" Jones said...

I do!

Follow the blog! Follow the blog! Oh my goodness, that was almost scary.

Sue's Ramblings said...

Following your blog from across the world!

edr said...

I love following your blog!! Always a great read with some insightful advice. ;)

C2Iowa said...

I follow - as you know.

Oh the horror of those images will be burned into my mind for days........make it stop.

Christine said...

I follow your blog. No toenails huh? //shudder

Kandi said...

Following. Sounds like a page-turner.

BamaBarefooter said...

Another follower. Already did, but now official.

clinton from nc said...

I follow!

Kat said...

I follow...and still have all my toenails.

Blaine said...

I follow and despite the one toenail that is iffy at the moment, I have no aspirations of removing them.

Birdie said...

Following! I'm missing half of my left big toenail...had it removed because it was dead anyway! TMI?

M said...

I'm a follower officially now (rather than just on reader) - free book on running! weeeeee!

Krystal said...

Sounds like a great book!

Fair Weather Runner said...

my question is who DOESN'T lounge like that on the floor in a robe reading on the weekends? hmmm?

Al's CL Reviews said...

I follow.

Claudia said...

I follow your blog and would like to read all the gory details of Marshall's run.

Val said...

I'm a follower!

BrianFlash said...

Following. Ulrich is clearly a nut. But aren't we all just a little bit :)

Colorado Herbie said...

I am a follower, any more robe shots and I won't be!

One Crazy Penguin said...

I follow!

Shelly said...

I follow, like a moth to the flame.

Michael said...

I'm a devotee, a follower.

Katie said...

I follow you, and I need the book to convince my friends that there are plenty of people who are crazier than I am! I'm just training for my 2nd regular marathon! Go Cyclones! (will a shameless ISU reference make me win!?)

Scallywag said...

I already follow, and I really want the book! I mean, what else am I meant to do- revise for finals? PFFFT.

In the last picture you look exactly like this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9-kM-guQtk

Its kinda unnerving.

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

You wear the robe, so, you wife wears the pants? haha.

You know I'm a dedicated follower.

Jennifer L said...

I've been following for a month now. Like your twisted sense of humour :)

Olga said...

following your blog, but really only for the stunning photography!! future centerfold???

Colin Hayes said...

Follow, follow, follow, follow...follow the guy in the robe!
Too bad there's not a "robe race" down there. Speaking of which, you may want to fly up here to do the "Bare Buns Fun Run," which is a real race. Bart Yasso mentions it in his book.

Anna said...

I so totally and half-way ashamedly follow :D

katierunsthis said...

I'm following you! And that pic of you reading in the robe? Well, its seared into my brain forever.

I've heard great things about this book and I hope I win it! Woot!

walkamileinmyboots said...

I follow!

Pat said...

Man, I got to read that book. If I don't win, I'll gladly trade you two of my running books for your copy.

Kristin said...

I follow!

James said...

Your posts are always funny and give me a chuckle. I'd love a copy of that book. :)

RunningLaur said...

Me! Good to see you had time to take photos :P

Justin said...

Hey man love your blog! Don't know if it's too late to win the book but figured I'd let you know either way!

Stacie said...

I'm a follower!!!

Erik Ammon said...

I am a follower! Though I hope you publish the rest of your posts in braille...I had to gouge my eyes out after viewing your photos...