Seeking Ultra

My six month journey from couch potato to my first ultramarathon


About the book

Could you run an ultra marathon, more than 55 kilometres over mountains and rough terrain, six months from today? I asked myself that question in January of 2013, and would never have imagined the answer. Six months later, I was in the mountains, in the cold, at midnight, in shorts, facing an adventure I’ll never forget. I’m 43 years old. I’ve never exercised in my life. I couldn’t run a hundred paces last January without collapsing in anguish. Now a marathon is a training run for me. In this book, much of it written during those first six months as I was training, I capture what it was like to go from a middle-aged couch potato to running in my first ultra marathon. I talk about diet, training plans, pain, and overcoming mental and physical limitations.
What others say about the book
Lara S.
Very easy and interesting read. Couple of useful tips for the mid-pack runner who is "ultra-curious" which I hope to use.
Geoff Spakes
The writing style is smooth, easy to read and enjoyable...great results by the author.
Peter Evans
A good window into the world of ultra running with interesting comments on embarrassing problems and positive thoughts on why people run these crazy distances.
Paul Klipp
Paul is the owner of a software company in Poland, an American expat, husband and father, and he is not, I repeat not, suffering a mid-life crisis just because he suddenly quit his job, started growing out his hair, and taking up ultramarathon running in his mid-40s. Really. No, really.