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The Extra Mile Audiobook

The Extra Mile: One Woman's Personal Journey to Ultrarunning Greatness

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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2006 Pam Reed (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Mark
    Lakewood, CO, United States
    25/03/15
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    "Interesting, entertaining, and inspiring"

    The first time I heard Pam Reed's name was in 2003. The story of her being the first place winner of the Badwater 135 barely made news in even the running magazines, while I think it should have made national news. It served as an inspiration for my own endurance cycling and led me into the crazy world of 24 hour mountain bike racing.

    The book fills in many of the gaps that anything less that a full time stalker would know about her racing, training and personal life. It's honest, sometimes brutally so, in her telling to personal challenges, racing life, and her reluctance as a sports personality. Her accomplishments are amazing, her path unusual and her story is fascinating. Definitely a must read for any endurance athlete who loves a good inspirational story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Arvell
    1/01/15
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    "Good story, enjoyed the female perspective"

    I've read many ultra marathon stories and they always inspire me in different ways.

    This one was pretty good. Can't complain.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • CreativeC
    WV
    18/04/16
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    "Great story, decent narrator"
    What did you love best about The Extra Mile?

    The frank way Pam writes. It feels a lot like I sat down to chat with her about her running and her life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's too hard to pick a favorite part. I just enjoyed hearing about her thinking processes and also about the other famous ultra runners she's encountered in her races. I read Scott Jurek's book before this one, for example, so it was fun to hear her mention running Badwater when he was running it for the first time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh in some places and I got choked up when she talked about one of her sons joining her for the last 4 or 5 miles of her 300 mile run, but she is so matter-of-fact that I didn't have an extreme reaction one way or the other.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this narrator a lot, but it bugs me when any narrator pronounces names incorrectly. Throughout most of this book she pronounced Dean Karnazes' name incorrectly and I'd cringe every time. There were a few times that she got it right near the end of the book, thank goodness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roger Smith
    Orlando, Florida United States
    8/08/15
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    "Ultrarunning without Dean Karnazes"

    This is similar to Dean Karno's book, but not nearly as interesting. Both books are very focused on lives of a single person, but Pam Reed's story does not have many events that are interesting to other people beyond her long-distance running.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maham
    20/05/15
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    "pam reed is ordinarily extraordinary"

    it was a great and honest account of a runnees journey highlighting betwwen what makes athletes "good" and what makes them "great"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JUSTIN MINGO
    Ogden UT
    27/01/15
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    "Good but left me wanting more"

    There is no doubt that Pam Reed is an amazing athlete. Her accomplishments are unfortunately not know outside of the ultra community. While this book helps to explain much of her background leading up to being a writer as well as her personal struggles in life, I felt it lacked some details about her races that I was hoping for. Also, she would've benefited from using a professional co-author as there were times when her writing came across as very amateurish.
    But I don't feel it was a waste of my time. I still found it generally enjoyable and would recommend it especially to a female old for a runner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    28/01/15
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    "ego trip?"

    OK. Seemed like she played a victim role in any dispute in her life that did not go her way- too many excuses. But she overcame a lot to become a great athlete.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • HappyVegas
    United States
    2/04/16
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    "Boring and braggy, save your money."
    Would you ever listen to anything by Pam Reed again?

    Probably not.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Either the way the book was written, or the narrator's style of reading/speaking - came across as very braggy and condescending. I found myself annoyed with the author (and narrator) many times... the narrator's voice was grating.


    What character would you cut from The Extra Mile?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    Too many details unrelated to running or the main story were included. Attitude of the author was not inspiring or motivational at all, but was braggy and self-aggrandizing. Never mind the fact that she tells us all how she had an affair with a married man (when she was also married) and that man is now her husband.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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