Ultra runner, Karnazes, speaks in Portsmouth

“Listen to everyone, follow no one.”

That was the advice Dean Karnazes offered to the runners packed into Portsmouth, NH’s Music Hall Oct. 5.

The superhuman athlete and author of national best-seller Ultramarathon Man: confessions of an all-night runner spoke for an hour and a half on his experiences as an ultra runner.  The often comical delivery was peppered with clips from his appearances on shows such as David Letterman and Regis and Kelly Live.

While many of the stories were retold from his three books (50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days – and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance!; Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss), it was interesting to hear him tell them in person.

One of the funniest parts of his delivery was when he shared his advice for eating a pizza while running.  Karnazes said he often carries a phone and credit card with him on his runs and will have pizza delivered to him along his route.  He said he then rolls the pizza into a burrito and eats as he goes.  He also recommended ordering dessert with dinner.  His favorite: cheesecake.

The event was sponsored by local running-only store, Runner’s Alley, and was open to the public but tickets were available for up-front seats and for a meet-and-greet before hand.

At the end of his presentation, Karnazes took questions from the audience on a variety of topics.  The last one he answered was on the minimalist running trend.

“I’ve always been a minimalist guy, I don’t need a lot of support, but I would say, again, find what works for you,” said Karnazes.   “Even if you’re not a minimalist person and you need some more support and cushioning, I would say when you get back to your house after a run, take your shoes off and walk around.  That will still condition your feet,” he advised.

“Run like you mean it!” Karnazes concluded.

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