Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz

A Runner’s High, by Dean Karnazes

February 15, 2023
Running Book Reviews with Alan and Liz
A Runner’s High, by Dean Karnazes
Show Notes

A Runner’s High; My Life in Motion is the story of Dean Karnazes’ return to Western States 100 in his 50’s, at a time when he is also wondering about the future of his running career. He is waitlisted, so doesn’t feel the motivation to train. As he gets to within only a few months of race day, Dean enters a 100k race to kick off his training. Throughout the book Dean reminisces about the past, talks about his family and how they have supported him throughout his life and his running career, and recounts anecdotes about people he meets during ultras.

Who is Dean Karnazes? What do you mean you don’t know about Dean Karnazes?! Well we would need a whole podcast just to list all of his accomplishments so we’ve listed only a few things from his resume. Dean has run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days, he has run across Death Valley in the middle of summer, he has run a marathon to the South Pole, and he has run a 200 mile relay race solo. He has also won the Badwater Ultramarathon, known as the toughest race on earth, and the 4 Deserts Challenge, which involves racing in the hottest, driest, windiest and coldest places on earth. As an author, has authored and co-authored several books. The most well know is probably Ultramarathon Man, but he also wrote a book with Matt Fitzgerald called 50/50; Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons In 50 Days. Dean is a graduate of the USF McLaren School of Business & Management, and an accomplished businessman with a notable professional career working for several Fortune 500 companies and startups.

If you would like to get a copy of A Runner’s High, you can find it on Amazon here:

If you would like to tour Greece while running, check our Dean’s website to find out more about his running tour of Greece at

You can also find out more about Dean and find links to all his social media by going to his website 


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