Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America

Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America Review

A fascinating glimpse into the mind of an ultramarathon runner and the inspirational saga of his run across America.
The ultimate endurance athlete, Marshall Ulrich has run more than one hundred foot races averaging over one hundred miles each, completed twelve expedition-length adventure races, and ascended the seven summits-- including Mount Everest. Yet his run from California to New York--the equivalent of running two marathons and a 10k every day for nearly two months straight--proved to be his most challenging effort yet. In "Running on Empty "he shares the gritty backstory of his run and the excruciating punishments he endured on the road. Ulrich also reaches back nearly thirty years to when the death of his first wife drove him to run from his pain.
Ulrich's memoir imbues an incredible read with a universal message for athletes and nonathletes alike: face the toughest challenges, overcome debilitating setbacks, and find deep fulfillment in something greater than achievement.

Title:Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America
Edition Language:English

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  • Cassy

    I carefully select the bookmark for each book I read. Think of me as a matchmaker trying to bring hardbacks and paperbacks together with their perfect companion bookmarks. Once I have read enough to g...

  • Daniel Solera

    As a long-distance runner, it’s both intriguing and frustrating to read about the athletic achievements of famous ultrarunners. On the one hand, it gives you insight into the inner workings of the u...

  • Katie

    I find ultrarunners fascinating. I'm a runner but I'm not crazy like them (4-8 miles at a pop, with no desire to run a marathon or anything like that). Just imagining the sheer human endurance that is...

  • Tom

    Imagine being on a long car trip with someone who accomplished something really fascinating, and then having to listen to him talk about himself nonstop. For hours. And hours. And then more hours. The...

  • Andrea Berardi

    I didn't enjoy this book as much as other running books that I have read. Marshall Ulrich is a talented ultra-marathon runner, but he’s pretty self-centered and the fact he bashes the transcontinent...

  • C

    Recommended for runners of all stages/levels.Great book and an enjoyable read if you enjoy travel writing/adventure novels. It is impossible for me to approach the idea of what he did every day for 50...

  • Melinda

    Before picking up this book, I was amazed that I had never heard of Marshall Ulrich. As a fellow Coloradoan, he has broken records of so many ultra-marathon races, both locally and nationally, not to ...

  • Sybil

    Overall, I was not a fan of this book. Sure, Marshall Ulrich accomplished an amazing feat, one I could (and would) never dream of, but he came off as a fairly unlikable guy. The back story about how h...

  • Jeffrey

    In early May, Dean Karnazes finished his triumphant run across America live on national television. “Seventy-five days ago I dreamed of standing right here,” he said inside the television studio o...

  • Hideki Kino

    Marshall Ulrich's "Running on Empty" is a good look at the personal toll and sacrifice that an undertaking such that of a two month long journey across America on foot requires. I appreciate Marshall'...