“I started to think of myself as a runner. I started to dress like and talk like a runner. Fuck everyone if they thought I looked ridiculous walking around in track pants and running shoes at 320 pounds. I didn’t care what they said. I used to worry about what others thought of me and it got me drunk. Now I was doing something for me, to make me a better person, father and son.” ~ David Clark
I have read a few inspiring running books, such as the infamous Born to Run and Rich Roll’s Finding Ultra, which is a powerful book on personal transformation.
In fact its through Rich’s podcast that I discovered ‘Out There’ a few months ago when David was interviewed. He told his inspiring story so honestly, that I was excited to read the book to discover more about a man who has demonstrated the power, potential and capacity for change we all have. I wasn’t disappointed.
If you’re looking for a hard hitting story about overcoming addiction and playing life at a whole new level, you need to read Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery, by David Clark. This is a book about self discovery and if you read it carefully, you’ll see it unlocks the dynamics of how to truly reinvent yourself, and become the kind of man you perhaps thought you never could.
David Clark is a 40 something ultra runner, but 10 years ago he was a 320 pound alcoholic who was slowly eating and drinking himself to death. Today David is one of the worlds best known ultra runners who in 2013 finished in the the most difficult and challenging running race in the world – The Badwater 135.
The official Out There book review describes David as –
“a man who never had a chance to find out who he was. Growing up in the hardest of circumstances, poor, homeless and traveling the country in his father’s pickup truck, David Clark was no stranger to the hard knocks of life.
Yet, without the benefit of any formal education in his early years, he lifted himself all the way up to owning a chain of 13 retail stores by the time he was 29 years old-only to lose it all to addiction, poor choices, and tough economic breaks.
In the aftermath, David started spiraling toward death, spending years eating recklessly, drinking and drugging himself-and growing farther and farther away from everyone around him. One day the thought occurred to him, “If I don’t change today, I will die.”
This thought came after a long period of self abuse as David’s life became more and more unsustainable because of his futile love hate relationship with alcohol. His love affair with booze, would have him drink all day, but it was when he was alone, in the quietness of night that his drinking would escalate to another level, gradually taking David to the depths of despair…many times.
This brutally honest story takes you on a journey through sadness, struggle and intense joy as he proves that with discipline, commitment and belief; no matter where we find ourselves in life it only takes one decision to leave it all behind in exchange for a life we love.
This book changed me. Davids story showed me what a pussy I’ve been, it highlighted the fact that I sometimes make excuses to avoid the HARD work that’s required for real transformation. If you find yourself ready to create changes in your life, I can’t recommend Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery enough. This book will show you what’s possible when you put your heart and soul into something that really matters.
Have you read this book? If so what changes have you made as a result? If you want to read it you can find it here
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