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Dean Karnazes - The Road to Sparta

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Dean Karnazes is an American ultramarathon athlete who quit his highly paid but unsatisfying job to make a living from running. He’s the author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner, which details ultra endurance running for the general public. In the past 20 years he’s run the Boston Marathon and Death Valley among others and once ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. He attributes mental toughness to his success, believing that pain is just a perception and something that any of us can choose to ignore.
.Dean Karnazes website

Chapters

00:00 | Trailer
02:01 Brian’s thoughts on the episode
06:15 Brian’s introduction
07:01 Dean’s marathon connections between UK, Greece and America
09:14 Why so many people now seek out the extreme challenge of a marathon
11:04 Deciding to quit his job and make a living out of running
15:27 Why and how Dean runs such long distances
18:00 Running Death Valley, the world’s toughest foot race
22:00 Pain is just perception
25:26 Sign up and run your first marathon, you will learn so much
27:09 Running the Boston marathon after the 2013 bombing
32:03 How ultra-marathon running has changed over last 20 years
34:32 Writing ‘The Road to Sparta’
36:11 The story behind the Spartathlon and marathon running
41:11 Dean’s Spartathlon experience
44:22 Dean’s view of the future prospects for Greece and its people
47:02 Dean’s world perspective from global marathon running
48:59 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days is sane compared to Dean’s next challenge
50:34 How Dean physically prepares for marathons
53:50 What keeps Dean awake at night
54:58 Success Secrets
55:48 What is failure to Dean
56:20 What we would be surprised to learn about Dean
58:14 Phone call to the 20 year old Dean
59:25 Best advice ever received
1:01:09 Advice to the young person across the world who has a dream
1:02:21 Why are people so eager to meet Dean at his London book signings
1:04:15 Brian’s summing up.

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