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Publisher's Summary

David Clark is a formerly obese alcoholic and fast food junkie who found a new life in running. Now, 13 years after his transformation, he shares his inspiring story of taking running to the extreme edge of his physical and spiritual breaking points. Having run more than a hundred races, including the Leadville 100-Mile Trail Run and the Hardrock 100, David has achieved unimaginable success in the ultramarathon world, considering his humble start. From barely finishing his first 5k to running 100 miles in less than 18 hours, David shatters the notion that the front of the pack is a birthright.

Among his many outlandish adventures, David talks about doing 10 epic events in one year to celebrate his 10th year of sobriety. This mind-bending year of running included running the Boston Marathon four times in one day, running 343 laps around a high school track, and running 48 hours on a treadmill. You will feel like you are running alongside him as he navigates his vision quest - all the while hallucinating and breaking from reality in one of the most epic Badwater 135 race experiences ever told.

David’s story is raw, honest, and pure adrenaline-laden inspiration as he shares his unique brand of Americana and heavy metal Buddhism. This book has far more to offer than just miles traveled and mountains climbed. It's about trying to find a way station of balance somewhere in a world of extremes. It’s about running to create a legacy and develop your own inner strengths. After listening to Broken Open, you’ll never doubt how strong you can be, how much you can endure, or whether or not you are capable of finding true happiness.

©2018 David Clark (P)2019 David Clark

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  • JV
  • 2021-11-21

Exceptional

One of the finest if not the finest book I've listened to on running and turning one's life around. Just so much raw human emotion and relatability. Bravo.

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Couldn't Stop Listening

Raw Truthful Engaging! It let me see what the purpose of being fully in something is really about.

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  • Langer
  • 2020-01-05

Insightful read

Having been a runner for 20+ years & the son of an alcoholic who struggles at times to keep the same demon inside me silent...this book hit home. Many times I’ve wondered if I’m simply trading 1 addiction for another & what happens when I stop running. Hoping this book helps me find the inner strength to find myself in the same way before unlacing for the last time.
Thank you for sharing your story & valuable insights. Definitely worth reading/listening to!

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  • sonny lee owen
  • 2019-06-25

supremely open .

the most honest account I've been apart of to date. a true gem of honesty

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  • Carolyn
  • 2020-03-02

raw, true, and unbelievable

David Clark walks you through his struggle to find happiness. Listen on a good long run.

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  • Scott Common
  • 2020-06-30

What You Focus On You Become

If you enjoy listening to a self consumed Loser
drone on and on and on about how he murders
everything in his life.... I guess this is for you.

Like most music, movies, poetry and books
of This World (Without God), people believe
they are artists just becase they can be raw,
and real. SORRY: That's not art. It's not
beautiful, and it's not worthy of publishing.
UNLESS: You are of this world and enjoy
the Tribe of The Depressed and Self
Consumed.



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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-03-29

Awesome book very inspirational!

Looking for a good listen this is it I couldn't stop listening & looked forward to my time to listen. He's so expansive on explaining his story & the voice is perfect. Thank you!!!

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  • Paul Chipopa
  • 2019-09-11

Must Read

The book took me through the journey through David’s life and his discovery of his inner self through running. I love the fact that he was not judgie about other pipo who a different lifestyle from his such as diet.

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  • Mr J M J Paul
  • 2019-07-23

Interesting story but...

He has a great story of recovery but for me this audiobook could have been better: (1) during recording a pop-shield on the mic wasn’t used so we hear the constant click of saliva and swallowing (2) the recovery story is great but this is also billed as a book about ultra-running and, for me, the didactic part is too strong (3) there’s nothing wrong with patriotism, but in this book it’s very overt and, as a non-American, that’s uncomfortable -

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  • 867-5309
  • 2022-01-29

Not at all about running

I got this book because I wanted to see ultra running through the eyes of someone who had done it.

There were a couple chapters about running, but it was mostly a very disjointed memoir coupled with weak but incessant preaching about the benefits of becoming a patriotic vegan Buddhist.

This book advertises that he's fighting demons while running, which I thought was metaphoric, but it turns out that it's quite literal - and likely has to do with poor mental health due to malnourishment. There seems to be difficulty with breaking away from who he used to be and the trauma he suffered through for a very long time, yet somehow the story doesn't feel like triumph, it feels like he writes for a therapeutic release (which is a good idea, but it ought to have been marketed as such).

It was not at all what I thought it was going to be. You should know that before you spend your credit or money.

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  • WhatItIs
  • 2021-08-30

Total loss of a credit.

Couldn't get much past Chapter 4. Was expecting more on actual running instead of the author's mental-babble.

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  • Lia Soffia Ludovica
  • 2021-08-20

Painful. Like paying to listen to his therapy.

I tried listening to this twice, almost a year apart. Never made it past chapter five. Listening to the author dramatically brag about his past “mistakes” and bad choices (oh, was he complaining? With all the drama it was difficult to tell the difference).
There was nothing encouraging about this audio book. Why anyone would choose to listen to this I will never know

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