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Book Review – 50/50

I just finished reading my latest running book, 50/50 by Dean Karnazes. I ended up buying the book on Boxing Day when I went out to look for  new book to read.

If you are not familiar with the boo, as I was before I picked it up, the book chronicles the Endurance 50 in which Karnazes ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. Some of the marathons are live events while others are re-created marathons. The way the book is setup with a small section on each location makes it a quick read.

What drew me most to the book was the travel aspect of the book thinking it might give ideas as to where I might want to travel in the future. I was also particularly interested to read what he had to say about the Philadelphia Marathon since I completed the event less than two months ago.

However, the book does not focus so much on the locations as it does on the interaction between Karnazes and his crew, his family and the other runners. The focus on the other runners who joined him in various stops was one of the more interesting aspects of the book for me. I was certainly surprised at the number of first time marathoners who joined him.

Karnazes also provides a series of tips to help runners recover, adapt to difficult conditions, stay motivated and to improve their nutrition. Some were ones I was already familiar with that were reinforced when I read about them another time (ie. importance of cross training and the importance of sleep) while others were new for me and I plan to introduce them into my training (ie. improving my core strength, trying to cut down on my sugar intake).

While I enjoyed the book I think my wife was pleased to hear that I still have no interest in attempting an ultramarathon. The marathon distance is still enough of a challenge for me.

If you are looking for a quick read about running or if you want to read about the impressive adventure that was the Endurance 50 this book is worth a read.

Book Giveaway Winner!

As you are aware I launched my first giveaway here last Tuesday. The giveaway consisted of a copy of either Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi and Run: 26.2 Stories about Blisters and Bliss by Dean Karnazes with the winner choosing which book they wanted.




I just made the draw using random.org. The Winner is Thomas Cort. Congratulations Thomas!







I believe you already indicated a preference for the Dean Karnazes book. Contact me at patrick at thecourageoflungs.com and let me know how I can get the book to you.

Thank you to all who entered and supported me by following my blog and supporting my efforts to raise funds for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

Book Giveaway

I just bought two books about running that I was interested in – Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi and Run: 26.2 Stories about Blisters and Bliss by Dean Karnazes.


Now you are probably wondering what’s in it for you? Well here it is. I have decided that I will give away on of the books on here. Since I have two books I will let the winner pick which one they would like and I will read the other and post a review on here. The winner will be chosen by using random.org

To enter the giveaway you can any of the following and leave a comment for each below to indicate you have done so (1 entry per comment).

  • Follow me on Twitter, @patruns
  • Like The Courage of Lungs on Facebook
  • Tweet about the giveaway

As an added bonus, I will provide two entries to anyone who helps me help the Ottawa Hospital by making a donation. Click here for more details.

The winner will be chosen next Tuesday, March 22.

Good Luck!