Back in 2006, I was running but only casually around the neighborhood. I knew nothing about half marathons, marathons, or ultramarathon races. In 2006, Dean Karnazes wrote a sports book called Ultra Marathon Man. This may not be news to those of you that have been running for years. I’ve never read the book, but I did see his documentary today after my 13 mile run today.
The documentary followed Dean’s journey with his crew to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. It was a really inspiring documentary and Dean’s words about running were perfection. Here is one of his famous quotes:
Some of the states he ran, he got to participate in an actual marathon like the Lewis & Clark Marathon, and the New York Marathon. Other states he had escorts for him and the people that met up with him, or in other states they would dive into some trail running. I thoroughly enjoyed Dean sharing the stories of the people he met along the way of his adventure. It is interesting how people to hear why or when people start running.
Some noteworthy moments in the documentary: During Dean’s stay in South Dakota, only one woman showed up to run with Dean. He was so unbelievably thankful for that. In Green Bay, Dean got to run the last 9 miles with his son on his 9th birthday. People from all different cities, all different backgrounds would come and run with Dean. Children in classrooms would even follow where Dean was in the United States day by day, a way for teachers to teach kids about the different states. A few runners would run with Dean in streaks and go with his to different states.
I’ve heard of other runners having goals like the 50-50 or running every continent in the world. I admire all of you that are working toward these types or goals. It is no easy fleet.
All in all, I highly recommend watching the Ultramarathon Man: 50/50 documentary. I know it’s 10 years old, but I feel Dean’s journey is still relevant today for those that like to dream big. I think I may read one of Dean’s novels next. If I do, of course I will review it and let you know how it is!
Do you have any running movies you recommend?