Friday, March 18, 2011

Extreme Running Book Review

Extreme Running

The term bucket list gets thrown about quite a bit and often it's a tiresome mishmash of all the obvious stuff you really should do before you die, but Kym McConnell and Dave Horsley's book Extreme Running (London, England: Pavilion, 2007) made me start thinking about events I might want to participate in, if I were so inclined. This is a well-researched book, with lots of info and details on a variety of events around the world. Inclusion in the book required a race to be extreme, offer a cross-section of terrain and climate, and be organized, so some well-known events like the Grand Canyon Traverse were excluded.

I have a couple of events I'd like to complete, though none of them are organized, or if they are, I don't necessarily feel that I need to participate in the official event.
  • Grand Canyon Rim to Rim (and maybe back)
  • Illinois Route 64, from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River (a run I'm planning in the next few years)
  • Grand Illinois Trail - 500 or so miles of northern Illinois, probably by bike
  • Run the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin (1000 miles, could take a while)
  • Pacific Crest Trail - 2,650 miles, this one would definitely take a while
 Do you have an event you are dreaming of? Something so wild and audacious that people will gasp when you suggest it? Anything that will stretch your personal limits?

8 comments:

  1. Just gave this book away! Very interesting races in there.

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  2. Oh man, you keep giving me more books to read! This looks really awesome.

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  3. Grand Canyon rim to rim has been on mine for a while. I did a backpacking trip in the backcountry from south rim to Co River a couple days and back to south, but I sense that will only tide me over for so long....

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  4. I've often thought about doing the complete Highline trail in the Uintah Mountains of Utah. It is a 50 mile plus hike across the backbone of a unique mountain range. Beautiful country.

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  5. I read an article about 24 Hours of Moab, and I'd love to do that. Not that audacious for a lot of people, but it's on my bucket list (or would be if I had one) now.

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  6. Yeah, I wanted to do this awesome race called Skyline to Sea. But, it didn't quite work out for me. It was going to be this weekend. Instead I will be pining away, all alone, wishing I was there.

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  7. grand canyon sounds good.

    I would love to thru hike the AT, but I will never have 6 months with no responsibilities. i also want to dive the caymans, and hike to the Everest base camp.

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  8. Wow!
    Just gave this book away! Very interesting races in there.

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