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Training for Ultra

Ultra Running Stories from the Middle of the Pack
Narrated by: Robert Steger
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Sport, Other
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Summary

This book has a single purpose - to inspire you to run!

Through sharing a detailed account of my first three years of pursuing running from the middle to back of the pack, it will hopefully show you you are capable of much more than you may think. After my dad's major health scare, it was time for me to change everything. Little did I know how much I would learn after taking on some physical exercise.

A radical diet change allowed me to lose a forth of my body weight and it gave me boundless energy to get outside and explore.

It’s not clear to me why I chose running ultra marathons of all forms of exercise, since I was unable to run beyond one mile just a few years prior.

But since that fateful day, I’ve never looked back.

I was finding that sometimes the experiences of training for ultra could be just as rich and fulfilling as the ultra event itself.

©2019 Robert Steger (P)2019 Robert Steger

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Narration is terrible

I think the book is good, maybe if I read it in paperback it would be better. But the narration is annoying. He speaks in chopped off, three word sections, instead of whole fluid sentences if that makes any sense. I also found that he went on about his family and kids too much. I wanted to listen to a book about running, not his life story about his kids. It was ok, but I wouldn't rave about it.

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Audio quality was poor...

...story was great. Enjoyed listening to the trials and successes of an ultra-runner, as I too look to earn my badge.

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Happy ultra

A fascinating look inside the ultra community and what it is to be an ultramarathoner. The reality that anyone can train for and become an ultramarathoner is apparent. I’d recommend this to anyone thinking of training for these distances

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Great insight in ultra's

Thanks for keeping me going on two long runs lately. Will do my first Ultra this year.

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loved it

if you like running and want inspiration, then listen to this, and then look at his 2019 moab 240 time.

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great read

I loved reading this book. Inspirational to know that it is inside all of us.

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amazing

Just loved the fact he went from every day normal 9 -5 guy to Ultra runner. fascinating story.

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Nice insight into the mind of the ultra enduro

Rob is clearly passionate about his experiences in ultra endurance running and despite podcasting is not a narrator by any stretch of the meaning, however enjoyable performance of an interesting topic.

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  • rita
  • 30-07-19

Great book

Enjoyed the the running stories, it’s neat to hear how he went from running only one mile to an ultra marathoner.

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  • Misty Coulter
  • 28-07-19

Wow! What an Inspiration!!

Rob kept me engaged from beginning to end! The fact that it is narrated by the author make the story that much more impactful! Rob's story is one that a lot of people fave but few make the move necessary to avoid the outcome, but rob took it to a whole new level!

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  • Laura
  • 08-07-19

Maybe it’s just me...

I kept wanting to like it. I kept waiting for the author to be relatable. He came off a little too pretentious for my liking. He’s very intense. He’s new to running, but speaks about himself like he’s a famous well-known ultra runner. I felt almost like the book was a commercial for his podcast. He talks a lot about “flow” and his paleo diet. I guess I was expecting something a bit more lighthearted and relatable? Kudos to him for being a BA runner! His accomplishments are amazing! Just wish he hadn’t taken himself so seriously.

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  • John
  • 09-02-20

Good listen for ultra running fans

The book is easy to listen and enjoyable. A little bit light on story but still had good insight on the authors experiences

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  • RD
  • 24-01-20

Great Book!

Rob, thanks so much for sharing your journey, and taking us on such EPIC runs!

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  • Dave W
  • 19-01-20

Very insightful and inspirational

I started running only 8 months ago. Running has become part of me. I long to learn what people go through at distances farther than what I can currently run (which isn't very far yet). Rob (I feel like friends now after being inside his brain for this whole book) has given me a glimpse into this world that is still new to me. He has given me something to ponder when I am out running. We each have our own running barriers to break through. Everyone has thier own accomplishments to achieve. I have already found myself saying "what would Rob do? ".

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  • Heath
  • 26-12-19

Great book

Rob is an Inspiration to anybody who thinks they can do or be more. Robs journey is nothing but incredible.

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  • Charles F. Celano
  • 04-12-19

Inspiring

As someone who aspires to be an ultra runner and who is definitely a middle of the year pack guy, I really appreciated Rob’s story. It was truly inspiring!

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  • Edward Grey
  • 14-11-19

not what I was hoping for

short on detail and story in my opinion. kind of a, I did this I did that narrative.

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  • Lisa McNamara
  • 10-11-19

It was decent!

Maybe because I have read so many of these Ultra books they are becoming so similar. I feel like they are all the same. I do appreciate Rob’s story from the middle of the pack!