The Extra Mile: One Woman's Personal Journey to Ultra-Running Greatness

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Ultrarunner Pam Reed's interesting book about life as an ultrarunner.

Product Description


  • The story of the woman who shocked the running world in 2002 when she won the sport’s most grueling race—135 miles from Death Valley to Mount Whitney—beating her closest competitor by 5 hours!

One year after her astonishing victory at the Badwater Ultramarathon, Pam Reed again made distance running history when she braved the hottest weather in years—135 degrees—to successfully defend her title. How does this 100-pound mother and stepmother of five muster the endurance and courage for the 28-hour climb from the hottest desert floor on Earth to the shadow of the continental United States’ tallest point?

In The Extra Mile we watch this ultramarathon champion seek balance in her life as a wife, mother, athlete, and entrepreneur. With astonishing candor she tells of her 15-year-long battle with anorexia. And she helps us to understand her passion for ultrarunning—to discover how far the human body can be pushed. The success of Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, and Reed’s TV appearances have demonstrated the public’s fascination with this growing sport.

Book Details

  1. Hardcover: 288 pages
  2. Publisher: Rodale Books (July 11, 2006)
  3. ISBN-10: 1594864152
  4. ASIN: B001G8W9B8