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The Extra Mile

One Woman's Personal Journey to Ultrarunning Greatness
By: Pam Reed
Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)
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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.

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  • Mark
  • 25-03-2015

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.

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  • Roger
  • 08-08-2015

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.

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  • Arvell
  • 01-01-2015

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.

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  • CreativeC
  • 18-04-2016

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.

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  • JUSTIN MINGO
  • 27-01-2015

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.

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  • Oscar
  • 29-01-2019

More a diary than a book.

Parts about the races are interesting but overall it feels more like a personal diary of someone putting her very personal thoughts on paper than an actual book with an organized and thought through narrative. I was really interesting in a female top athlete pov but didnt get anything that hasn’t been said before. I preferred the humble writing of top runner Emilie Forsberg for instance. The author has so much experience that we could expect much more.

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  • Christine
  • 10-12-2018

The Extra Mike Review

Pam Reed is a really amazing lady, and there were parts of this book that had me in awe, but I felt there was a lot of time spent trying to set the record strait. I felt this consistently detracted from the story of the amazing athletic achievements that Pam Reed has had. I still enjoyed hearing about all of her accomplishments, and the left lesions she has learned along the way, very inspiring.

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  • N. Donahue
  • 06-09-2018

Ugh. just ugh.

The narrator about put me to sleep. There's a strange tone and cadence to her voice.
The story is a rambling, whining mess. Yes, you can run real far, good for you. Yes, your relationships are a hot mess, trying looking at yourself first, it takes two.

DNF and returned it.

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  • Ally Lieljuris
  • 06-09-2018

Poorly Written & Forced

The author should stick to running.

This book is so poorly written. It felt like I was reading a rambling, unedited blog post about someone who was trying to prove to everyone why she runs and why living with her ED is okay.

I think it's supposed to be empowering, but it just comes off as a forced explanation for her lifestyle, as if someone (or multiple people) have told her what she's doing is wrong or bad.

I would not recommend this book

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  • Ondrej
  • 15-09-2017

thought it was OK

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

no. there are others I would suggest more.

Would you recommend The Extra Mile to your friends? Why or why not?

didn't you just ask me that question? Is the distinction book vs audio book? don't understand the question.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Liked the trail race commentary. Too many personal tales of feats outside of trail running for me.

What else would you have wanted to know about Pam Reed’s life?

would have like to see more time spent on trail racing. Less on drama like Pam's defense of her & Dean's competition. Didn't know anything about this, if it exists that is, don't really care either way.

Any additional comments?

I'm an ultra-runner, which is the reason I chose this book. Pam has had some incredible feats, very impressive. I listened to 7-8 hrs. of this book on my way to the Superior 100. Eventually, I became dis-interested. A little too much of Pam trying to justify her life's 'failures' for me. Was hoping for more gnarly ultra running type stuff.