Dean Karnazes – Runabout

I read Dean Karnazes’ new book the other week, “50 50 Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days”.

I’ve already flogged it on ebay so you can be sure that I am not going to recommend this as a good running read. It’s full of trite running tips that you all know already, stuff along the lines of never do anything new on race day.

It’s sold as a “fascinating story” and how can it not be? The guy is pretty much a wonder, he ran back to back marathons and covered off most of the US in less than 2 months. He should be shot for producing such a dull account. Out of the almost 50 race reports not a single one could hold a candle to the daily reports coming from the blogs over there on my sidebar ——>

He kept going on about the “feminisation” of the marathon world which made me picture hoards of men with man boobs jiggling around the course, and then sang the praises of the AMAZING women (who were also mothers) that managed to find the time to run a marathon.

I don’t want to be too mean about the book, there were two positive things that I took away with me, the first was not to be such a baby when I get a cold – you can run with a snotty nose and the other was the concept of Runabout.

Runabout is Dean’s take on the Aboriginal Walkabout. It’s the kind of free running that he is famous for and does so well (see Ultramarathon Man which actually is a fascinating read). He’ll open his door, take the decision to head E, N, S or W and then just keep running until he can go no further, at which point he catches the train home. When he goes on runabout he may run for days before deciding he can go no further but he recommends that a similar toned down tactic might work for those in training for marathons.

So the plan is to head out running in any direction and then keep going until you need to walk, then run again and keep the cycle going til the day has gone and its time to head home. The trick is not necessarily to run the whole time but to just stay on your feet and keep moving, so if you stop to pickup drinks and food, you must eat on the go.

I’m off on Runabout today, heading in a north westerly direction. I’m hoping to pick up the Capital Ring a 75m loop of London – lets see how much I can cover before collapsing.

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8 thoughts on “Dean Karnazes – Runabout

  1. rache

    Its about 150 miles to Nottingham – when you do a run heading north – when should I expect you?

  2. Celeste

    I followed the Dean Karnazes blog when he was running all those marathons and I have to admit I started to get a bit bored even then. I mean he’s a machine and all that but perhaps he’s just wanting to make a buck.

    I look forward to hearing about the running in one direction until you can’t. Kind of too unplanned for my liking. What if you end up out bush or something???

  3. Highway Kind

    Interesting idea but I’m not sure I like the idea of the journey home – getting cold in sweaty running clothes.

    I look forward to your report and, as always, admire your willingness to try things

  4. warriorwoman Post author

    I’m loving the advice and offers of hospitality, I envisage lots of multi-directional runs in my future.

    So for the delay in the main post, I wrote a fantabulous report yesterday but my computer swallowed it.

  5. Damon

    I ran with Dean on one of the 50 marathons. person to person, he is a very personable engaging man. and if you send him an email, you will get a personal response from him within a day. regardless of how he appears from afar, he’s genuine. as a runner of 25 years, I found motivation to run more from him.
    Keep running!
    with cheer,
    Damon – Portland Oregon

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