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Book Review: Out There

Posted by Evan Perperis on July 15, 2016 at 10:40 AM

       Out There: A Story of Ultra Recoveryby David Clark was my recent ultra-distance audiobook I finished. I often like to choose my audiobooks based on training focus because I think it helps me get in that appropriate mindset. So if I plan on doing a lot of endurance work, I will listen to books about ultra-running, if I am in a strength building phase I will listen to books by other trainers and if I am dieting for a bodybuilding show, I will listen to nutritional books to reinforce my dietary behavior.

     Out There was entertaining but it did not speak to me. I can see how a lot of people would love this book because it is the underdog type story. The author, David Clark, was an alcoholic for years effecting everything from his personal to professional life. Although he actually seemed to hold things down pretty good considering how much he was drinking. He eventually (much later than I thought), finds ultra-running and replaces one addiction for another.

     This definitely speaks to anyone trying to stop their addiction (I avoid using the term battling, because I think it is ridiculous to use the term battle when you are fighting yourself). However, I have never had an addiction problem like drugs or alcohol so I had trouble relating to the main character for large parts of the book. For a while it seemed like he was going to run an ultra or two and then call it a “career” but he eventually gets to what I would consider an impressive level.

     Overall, it was a good book, not something I would run around recommending to people unless you are interested in addiction or ultra-running, which should not be surprising. Pick it up if you are looking for something to listen to while training for your next ultra or bypass if you have not read some of the other ultra-books I recommended.


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