Blogger Buzz and Online Reviews :: Running on Empty

“Marshall Ulrich is nothing but a sincere original, so it’s no surprise that [his new book] is of the same authentic, one-of-a-kind ilk. Just as he did in the 3,063-mile, 52.5-day run, Ulrich pours his heart and soul into this page-turner, telling running-related stories that weave in every nook and cranny of his life …”
>> Continued on RunningTimes.com

” ‘Running On Empty’ reveals Marsh as more than a gasping athlete capable of trotting through torturous pain. He’s a gifted storyteller, able to convey not just the sights and aches of his monumental traverse, but the ever-elusive ‘why’ that haunts a runner who really does test the notion that a man cannot run himself to death …”
>>Continued on “Mountain Peek” at DenverPost.com

“… But ‘Empty’ isn’t just about determination. The author’s also unusually frank about his personal life, reliving intimate moments and freely confessing character flaws and moments of paralyzing self-doubt. Ulrich’s a tough guy, but he’s not afraid to talk about his feelings …”
>>Continued on The Plain Dealer (Cleveland.com)

“Marshall Ulrich’s self-penned recount of his 2008 North American transcontinental run, from San Francisco to New York City, reads much like the man himself; smart, complex and caring yet tough, relentless, and a bit rough around the edges. And like the man, this book is one you’ll want to know well …”
>> Continued on Examiner.com

“Feeling good about your six-mile run today? Time to be humbled: When Marshall Ulrich was 57 years old, he ran across the United States. On average, he ran two marathons and a 10K every day. He left from San Francisco and, in just 52 days, he ran a continuous path to New York. Ulrich is known as an ultramarathon runner—and what he does is far more impressive than any marathon runner with a two-hour finish time in New York City …”
>> Continued on Men’s Fitness

“Hugely accomplished ultra athlete Marshall Ulrich’s recent book, Running on Empty, will have you pouring an extra cup of coffee in the morning to prevent your noggin from slamming against your office desk due to those late night reading binges. Translate – A good, good read. … Marshall shares some personal and running history about himself along with the collection of trials, special experiences, triumphs, and wacky encounters from his 52 day, 3000+ mile RV team-supported journey across the United States …”
>> Continued on EnduranceBuzz.com

“Following up from today’s column on Marshall Ulrich’s plan to run again in the July 11-13 Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley and then fly to Switzerland to scale both Mt. Eiger and the Matterhorn in the Alps, the author of ‘Running On Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss and A Record-Setting Run Across America’ about his run across America adds some insights on how it’s not all that difficult to get to a point in your life where you can consider yourself to be an athlete, too …”
>>Continued on Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

“Marshall Ulrich makes even a hardcore ultrarunner look like a cotton tee-shirt-wearing hobby jogger out for a stroll through the ‘burb. Look at what this ultrarunning and adventure racing legend, who also happens to be a highly accomplished mountaineer, has done and it makes finishing a 100-miler look like a few laps around your kid’s soccer field …”
>> Continued on The Running Man

“One theme that jumped off the pages for me was Marshall Ulrich’s gratitude for the simplest things in life – the generosity of strangers, acts of kindness from loved ones, the beauty of nature, the freedom we enjoy as a nation, the love only a family can provide. All pain is relative, Marshall Ulrich writes. In unwrapping his physical and emotional pain, Marshall Ulrich cracks open the man and reminds us what is truly important in life …”
>> Continued on Dad’s House

“I am not an avid runner but even though this is the case I have to say that this book was one that anyone, runner or non-runner, will enjoy. This was the type of book that you are simply drawn to. For me, I picked up the book and could not put it down. While the person in the book has lived (and is still living) a life that is beyond my comprehension, I was completely intrigued and was more than interested to read more and live vicariously through his experiences …”
>>Continued on Dad of Divas

“I finished reading Running on Empty only yesterday, having taken it with me last month to Barbados … The wedding-related activities and the beauty of Barbados were so distracting that I never cracked open the book while I was there. But I was glad that I continued reading Marshall’s book once I got back home … Still, it took several sessions to get through Running on Empty — not because of the writing quality (It’s excellent!) but because it is a much deeper book than I had anticipated …”
>>Continued on SpryFeet

“… a lot can happen over 26.2 miles.  Imagine that 117 times over 52 days.  And at 57 years old.  For some reason I never truly grasped the enormity of what a transcontinental run really was until I started reading this book. … Marshall encounters drama, injuries, pain, exhaustion, emotion, and things I don’t believe a lot of us will really ever be able to grasp.  He pushed himself to limits that are beyond anything I have ever encountered …”
>> Continued on Runner’s Rambles

“The cross-country trip wasn’t just Ulrich’s ultramarathon; it was very demanding of the support staff as well, and probably most of all of Heather Ulrich, who had to bite her lip and watch her husband suffer day in and day out.  And suffer he did.  Putting that many miles on his feet and legs led to repeated medical issues, most of which he simply powered through.  (Granted, he had a doctor on staff and got the kind of attention most of us would never imagine). Marshall Ulrich takes our excuses and throws them to the side.  Too old?  Not a chance.  Too busy?  Make time.  Too sore?  No way …”
>> Continued on Super Kate

“It’s a fascinating story that takes you across the U.S. on his adventure, showcasing the good, the bad and the ugly. While it’s a story of this amazing athletic endeavor, it’s also a story of a man finding himself out there on that 3,000-plus mile stretch of road. That’s the aspect I found most interesting, which is why when I got to interview him, I focused on that part of the story …”
>> Continued on MissZippy1

“I’ll be honest: Marshall Ulrich has to be the most anonymous record-holding world-class adventure racer of them all. I knew about all of these different pursuits of his, such as the old school Eco-Challenge, which was a precursor of — and much more real than — Survivor, the Badwater Ultramarathon, and even climbing Mount freakin Everest, but I’ve never known about his participation in them. Heck, I didn’t even know about his attempt to run across America before I heard of this book …”
>> Continued on The Running Moron

“I’ve pondered for the last few weeks since I finished the book HOW on earth I was going to review the book without retelling the whole story, because I genuinely loved every bit of this book. I was intrigued during the foreword by Chris McDougall (author of Born to Run, which I still haven’t read yet, I’ve got to be the last runner on earth who hasn’t, but anywho) when he spoke of this man, Marshall Ulrich, who at age 50, ran Badwater Ultramarathon 4 times in a row, back to back,  that’s six hundred miles across Death Valley, completely unassisted.  The same man who ran the Leadville 100, jumped in a car, and drove straight to (and ran) the Pikes Peak Marathon.  Who in their right mind does that? I mean, I know us runners are a crazy bunch, the ultra-running crowd even more questionable.  But this man?  I wanted to learn more …”
>>Continued on Run Faster Mommy!

“… the run is really just the backdrop for many other issues that Marshall explores while on the road across America – and those, as much as the athletic endeavor, are the true appeal of Running on Empty. Marshall is one of those people who runs as a means of escape, both from personal demons and from soul-crushing external circumstances. He discusses what drives an extreme athlete to persevere no matter how daunting the next challenge might be – and how that single-mindedness often comes at the expense of career, relationships, and even family bonds …”
>>Continued on Running and Rambling

“I read it in the bath … I read it on the pot … I read it fast because it grabbed hold and didn’t let me go until the final pages of appendices when I learned how much diarrhea Ulrich had (not sure of the exact number of episodes, but it started at day 44 probably due to antibiotics for an infected toe), and how many calories he ate per day (8,000-10,000) …”
>> Continued on Shut Up and Run

“Of course I was thrilled to receive this book to review. A free book? About running? Sign me up! I’ll admit, I was a little concerned about the comparisons made between Running on Empty and Born to Run. As I have admitted before, I could not exactly get through Born to Run. I do not think Running on Empty is anything like Born to Run. I loved it …”
>> Continued on The Blue-Eyed Runner

“In his book, ‘Running on Empty,’ Marshall chronicles his 3000 mile journey across the US – from California to New York – while he was 57 years old! Do you want to know what I plan on doing when I am 57 years old? I’ll tell you, absolutely nothing. But I digress….. As I read the book, I was honestly surprised at how much of a page turner it was. When I woke up in the morning, it was one of the first things that I thought about doing …”
>> Continued on I Am Boring

“This may be something that would be noticed by a chick more than a dude, but I was struck by the intensity and extreme love he used when talking about his wife, Heather.  The way he NEEDS her on his journey across the country and obviously adores, respects, loves and cherishes her was amazing.  I have never heard men talk about women the way he talks about his wife. He doesn’t seem emasculated in any way to express these feelings (like many men seem to think they will be), if anything he just feels like a more complete human being to me …”
>> Continued on Jill Will Run

“When I first started reading this book, I thought it would be just another book about an Ultramarathoner, but I quickly realized it was more than that — it was a book about Superman. Not the Superman of the comics and movies. Not the Superman who wears a cape and flies faster than a speeding bullet. Not the Superman who stops runaway trains. But, a real, live superman. Marshall Ulrich is a person who has done things I thought were impossible …”
>> Continued on Running Injury Free

“I spent Thursday relaxing, packing and going to packet pick-up. That night I decided to unwind with a beer (hey-I needed carbs, right?) and a book in the bath tub. Luckily I had been sent Marshall Ulrich’s book … I figured it would be the perfect thing to get me into the racing mood. I got through the foreword by Chris McDougall and into a background on Marshall. In the interest of brevity, with the realization that I’m generalizing so don’t sue me for misleading information, let’s just say he has ran every important endurance race and set records for a lot of them …”
>> Continued on Endurance Isn’t Only Physical

“I cracked this book open expecting something light-hearted and fun, maybe in a similar vein to Chris McDougall’s Born to Run. By the end of the first couple chapters though, I didn’t actually like Ulrich very much. He’s a flawed hero, and the touching story of how he got started in running (as a way to deal with stress from his first wife’s death from cancer) quickly sours when he begins to use running as a way to push his subsequent wives and children away from him …”
>> Continued on Geek Girl Runner

“Running on Empty … isn’t a risky investment; it’s well worth the price.  If you want a good read, motivating tale, and dreams of running farther and longer than you ever have before, then this is the book for you.  It’s one of the most inspiring running books I’ve read in a long time and includes a lot of twist and turns …”
>> Continued on Serious Running

“The drama of the whole story is just so fluid that you can never tell when the twists will come. Indeed, the feat alone is extraordinarily awesome. I guess the love story within is what made it all possible at all. It’s a mix of faith, love and hope, and depression and tiresome routine of dedicated crewing …”
>> Continued on More Than Just a FOREFOOT Runner

“I know not everybody is driven by or even interested in running anything further than 26.2 miles, but that doesn’t preclude them from getting any benefit or inspiration from Marshall Ulrich and his book Running on Empty … [it] shares all the behind the scenes information on what he had to go through to complete the 3,063 miles in just 52 days …”
>> Continued on 26.2 Quest

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