• Training for Ultra

  • Ultra Running Stories from the Middle of the Pack
  • By: Rob Steger
  • Narrated by: Robert Steger
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (293 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This book has a single purpose - to inspire you to run!

Through sharing a detailed account of my first three years of pursuing running from the middle to back of the pack, it will hopefully show you you are capable of much more than you may think. After my dad's major health scare, it was time for me to change everything. Little did I know how much I would learn after taking on some physical exercise.

A radical diet change allowed me to lose a forth of my body weight and it gave me boundless energy to get outside and explore.

It’s not clear to me why I chose running ultra marathons of all forms of exercise, since I was unable to run beyond one mile just a few years prior.

But since that fateful day, I’ve never looked back.

I was finding that sometimes the experiences of training for ultra could be just as rich and fulfilling as the ultra event itself.

©2019 Robert Steger (P)2019 Robert Steger

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Great book

Enjoyed the the running stories, it’s neat to hear how he went from running only one mile to an ultra marathoner.

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Maybe it’s just me...

I kept wanting to like it. I kept waiting for the author to be relatable. He came off a little too pretentious for my liking. He’s very intense. He’s new to running, but speaks about himself like he’s a famous well-known ultra runner. I felt almost like the book was a commercial for his podcast. He talks a lot about “flow” and his paleo diet. I guess I was expecting something a bit more lighthearted and relatable? Kudos to him for being a BA runner! His accomplishments are amazing! Just wish he hadn’t taken himself so seriously.

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Audio quality is horrible

I’ve never listened to an audiobook with such horrible quality. Didn’t make it more then 18 mins and I can’t listen to another minute of it.

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Wow! What an Inspiration!!

Rob kept me engaged from beginning to end! The fact that it is narrated by the author make the story that much more impactful! Rob's story is one that a lot of people fave but few make the move necessary to avoid the outcome, but rob took it to a whole new level!

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Thank you

I just want to say thank you to Rob. You’re the man. You have motivated me to begin a running journey. Love the stories from each of the races you have shared.

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Great story! the book goes round in circles a bit

Easy listen in 2 sessions. Well done Rob! I found the contents great but the storytelling a bit clunky. The last piece, the moab segment was brilliant. Loads of lessons!

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Inspiring words for a newbie

I plan on running my first ultra in October of 2022 and having only started running less than two years ago it is so inspiring to have listened to the story of a man that has achieved such incredible feats and have a similar background as myself! Thank you Rob for writing such encouraging words. I hope to see you at a ultra race someday!

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Inspiring in so many ways

Having talked with Rob in person, I can say he lives the same passion you hear in this book. Rob’s story of keeping his promise to himself to ‘become an ultra runner if I ever get the chance to’ is quite inspiring. Rob is one of those rare all around guys who wants to be a good husband, father, friend, and person and you can hear that in the journey he took towards greater health and becoming an ultra runner. He is just as humble in his writing as he is in his running, yet as strong mentally as anyone you’ll meet.

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Bad beginning but all upward from there

I liked that the author read the book himself. The story was quite good but I almost did not make it past the prologue. That was a compilation of people who wrote the author telling him how amazing he is and otherwise stroking his ego. Ironically I just started listening as I set out on a long run so it was not at all convenient for me to stop and select a new book I am glad I kept listening because the story was encouraging and I felt like hugging him at the end for all he accomplished, and more motivated to carry on myself.

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Not just another running book.

Wow! exceeded my expectations. Beautiful, descriptive writing that paints a vivid picture of several mind-blowing adventures.

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  • 04-25-20

Could not get past the intro

For a book that is meant to be inspirational I couldn't get past the first few minutes. The intro is basically the author reading quotes from others about how great he is! Returned the book almost immediately as I found it nauseating. I guess he was trying to establish credentials but there is simply no need.

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  • C. B. Walker
  • 10-25-21

Amazing heartwarming journey.

The real journey, not just the distance travelled, or the time spent. But the physical and emotional journey of someone who literally finds themselves running. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-21

Inspirational

love it, inspirational! Made me want to go for it on the ultrarunning trials myself!

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  • Martin M.
  • 07-20-21

inspirational

I've listened to a few ultrarunning books and this one is up there with the best of them. really interesting listening to the highs and lows of the authors journey to MOAB240

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  • Mike
  • 06-01-21

So inspiring.

As a 47 year old who’s on the foothills of ultra, Rob’s story has perfumed my mind to reach my goals.

Brilliant!

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 04-05-21

inspirational

I loved this book, off to listen to Rob's podcast next. the audio quality couple have been better though audible!

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  • C. W. Thompson
  • 04-05-21

Terrible narration

Quite interesting but gave up after 90 minutes. The narration is terrible, it’s like he’s reading something written by someone....else that’s he’s never seen.....before. I’d try the written book rather than audio, he really should have employed a professional

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  • David Harrison
  • 03-03-21

Ultra

Really inspiring. I can relate to a lot of your back story and have been running for about 4 years now and got the bug. I keep thinking an ultra is out of my reach but things are going to change. Thanks

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  • MFS
  • 12-20-20

A Real Story of Challenge

As he says at the beginning of this book, Robs story is one of real man and a real family and their journey over 3 years. Their trials, challenges and successes are those of normal people. Rob brings to life his developmwnt through races and as a runner going through similar development I found this book a real page Turner.

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  • Melanie Bailey
  • 11-12-20

Fantastic book!

This is a FANTASTIC book! Okay, the narration could be a little better, but that didn’t detract from the story for me - the story is so much bigger than that! Inspirational!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-25-21

inspiring

took me a while to get through it with work commitments but has motivated me immensely

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-21

Enjoyable

Enjoyed listening to this audiobook great storytelling and an escape from currently being stuck in COVID quarantine.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-20

Excellent

wonderful story of the power we all posess within if you have a dream

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-22-20

Boring

For me, this book lacked narrative and I didn’t enjoy it. Sorry to the author, it just wasn’t for me!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-19

fantastic

a really relatable story that shows anybody can achieve extreme things with positive mindset. Well read.