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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Book Review, "And Then The Vulture Eats You"

Just finished reading "And Then The Vulture Eats You" by.... Damn, I can't remember who wrote, errrr.... Compiled it. Oh, OK, it was edited by John L. Parker Jr who was also the author the last story in the book.

Its a book of several short stories / race reports, mainly for ultra running events. I think theres 8 stories all together, all of them being very good and entertaining reads.

The stories range from multi day competitions where the aged returning champ tries with everything he has to defend his title and has to cut it short due to over doing it, to a group of guys running across their home state, to a washed up elite marathoner trying to get it back by running one of the hardest ultra marathons there are (Western States 100) and giving up too soon. Come to think about it, I don't think any of the authors of these stories actually won their races, but in their failures (if you wanna call their amazing feats failures...) come away with very good lessons.

As far as running books go, I would rate this one a 9 out of 10. It would be a solid 10 out of 10, but just as soon as the stories started getting good, they were over....

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  1. I just happened to order this book too. Thanks for ruining it.

  2. BTW, have you read Relentless Forward Progress? Just finished it. Pretty good tips for a first ultra.

  3. I do what I can!

    I have not read that one yet. Ill try to check it out.