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You Can Be Your Own Hero: The Dean Karnazes Story

Dean Karnazes is internationally known for his crazy feats of endurance and for pushing himself to reach one extreme goal after another.

He's run 350 continuous miles, not sleeping for 3 nights straight. He's run across Death Valley in 126 degree heat and he's run a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees.

On 7 different occasions, he's run a 200-mile relay race ALONE, racing alongside teams of 12. Dean has swum across the San Francisco Bay, scaled Half Dome in Yosemite, and mountain biked for 24 hours straight.

And a few months ago, at age 44, he completed 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days, one in each of the 50 states.

Dean wasn't always like this. On his 30th birthday, while drunk he found that he was disgusted with the corporate rat race he found himself "running" in.

He walked back to his house, found a pair of old sneaks on his back porch, stripped down to only his t-shirt and underwear, laced up, and started running.

He sobered up about 15 miles from his home - but decided to keep on running. After 30 miles, he had a realization: There were untapped reservoirs within him.

Some people find inspiration in desperate situations. The thing is though, it is up to you and you alone to make the first move toward change. Will this be your moment? Make yourself your own hero.

Want to check out a video about Dean Karnazes? Then

If you're interested, he found time to write a book too. It's available through Amazon for $13.57.

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kelly kelly 9 years
Damn that man is crazy!!!He's my hero.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Talk about setting goals and sticking to them. The mind is more powerful than I ever thought possible.
orangeflower orangeflower 9 years
sounds familiar...didn't we see that was..Forrest Gump movie?! On a seriuos, that really is amazing and I guess if I had that free time and wanted to challenge myself to prove things to myself..sure why not?
kevindineen kevindineen 9 years
I didn't know the human body was physically able to do these things. I can't run a mile w/out walking.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
What a weirdo. Just kidding.
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