Monday, April 21, 2014

My review - Spartan Up! You'll Know at the Finish Line

Today's workout recap:
~ 3 mile run
~ 30 minute circuit class

In follow up to my Spartan Race giveaway, I was given the opportunity to review an excerpt of the race founder's upcoming book which will be released in May.  Stay tuned, my interview questions for Mr. DeSena, post coming soon!!!

As most of you know, I'm an avid reader and have usually read anything anyone recommends to me.  My two most recent running reads have been Born to Run by Jason Robillard, and Going Long, which includes the best stories from Runner's World.

This book, Spartan Up! by Joe DeSena, founder of the Spartan Race, hooked me from the first sentence.  I have read many books in my lifetime, I currently have almost 1,000 books on my Nook alone.  The sneak peek of this book they sent me to read and review, is nothing short of incredible.  I thoroughly enjoyed every word and absolutely cannot wait to finish reading it.  I'm not sure how many copies will be coming out, but if I were you, I would definitely pre-order your copy here today.

Dean Karnazes, one of the best known ultra-marathoners, describes him as this:  "Joe DeSena is the real deal.  His stories are believable because his achievements and accomplishments are genuine."  He goes on to say that this book should be read by anyone looking to take themselves to the next level, in athletics OR in life.

I truly could not have said it better.  DeSena's writing seemingly centers around focusing on your strengths and weaknesses and overcoming your body's ability to do what your mind believes it can't.  It's about pushing yourself to your limits and rather than saying I can't focusing more on the I will.

His passion for inspiration is obvious throughout and he's incredibly honest about the things he believes in.  To continuously put on these races and inspire people throughout the world takes passion and DeSena clearly has it.  This excerpt leaves me wanting more.  I simply cannot wait until the book comes out.  I'm literally counting the days.  This book will truly be an inspiration, and reading this excerpt alone has pushed me to sign up for my first Spartan Race, at Miller Park in November.  Am I terrfied?  Yes.  Am I incredibly excited to push myself beyond my limits and do what I believe I can but have never tried?  Definitely yes.  I go back to a quote I've always've heard it before...what would YOU do if you could not fail?

I've included a bit of the excerpt for you - check it out, and be inspired - I know I am.

*I was not paid to write this post and all opinions stated above are my own.

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