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Reborn on the Run

My Journey from Addiction to Ultramarathons
Written by: Catra Corbett, Dan England
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Aside from her rock star looks, Catra Corbett is a standout in the running world on her accomplishments alone. Catra is the first American woman to run over 100 miles or more on more than 100 occasions and the first to run 100 and 200 miles in the Ohlone Wilderness, and she holds the fastest known double time for the 425-miles long John Muir Trail, completing it in 12 days, four hours, and 57 minutes.

And, unbelievably, she's also a former meth addict.

After two years of addiction, Catra is busted while selling, and a night in jail is enough to set her straight. She gives up drugs and moves back home with her mother, abandoning her friends, her boyfriend, and the lifestyle that she came to depend on. Her only clean friend pushes her to train for a 10K with him, and surprisingly, she likes it and decides to run her first marathon after that.

In Reborn on the Run, the listener keeps pace with Catra as she runs through difficult terrain and extreme weather, is stalked by animals in the wilderness, and nearly dies on a training run but continues on, smashing running records and becoming one of the world's best ultrarunners.

©2018 Catra Corbett and Dan England (P)2018 Tantor

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repeats alot, not as much story as I expected

aimed more for non-runners, repeats a lot of stories, and how hardcore she is and not as inspiring reading

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Inspirational book

Give the taste to surpass ourself! Great book!
A person with huge determination and an ability to describe her demons...

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A MUST for all humans... No matter who you are.

Everyone can take something useful out of this book. Catra’s story is descriptive, raw, and real. She is living breathing proof that no matter what your circumstances, addictions, disorders, or afflictions that have plagued or imprisoned you, for that matter, you can always conquer them and turn them into something truly beautiful. Addictions can transform into passions, abuse can come back as fuel and strengths, and conquering your disorders can help others find the way to the end of theirs.

Find something you like and fall in love with it! I love this book and cannot day enough. Furthermore, Catra herself is one of the most kind, caring, and humble women out there today. Thanks Dirt Diva! 💝💕💜

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  • Andrew
  • 2018-12-16

No flow

I really wanted to like this book. As a seasoned ultra runner, I love hearing other people's stories and what brought them to the sport. The structure of this book was poor throughout. There wasn't a cohesive and flowing storyline and I felt like the author constantly jumped back and forth between different times of her life, which left me a little confused at times. There was a lot of redundancy throughout the book as well. She repeated the same phrases often and would sometimes reword the same points. She has a great story to tell, but I just couldn't get into it because of how poorly it was written.

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  • M
  • 2018-12-04

Book was great

Book was great; however, the narrator needed a little more energy. Sometimes I could tell what character she was trying to be.

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  • Bangledorf
  • 2019-03-07

Lackluster writing, mediocre narration

This book is the usual fare for runners' books these days: addict finds escape from life's struggles in ultra-running. But this one utterly failed to bring me into the experience. At no point did I ever feel the pain or struggle of the author's achievements, as she dismissed her first 50 and 100 mile races with a paragraph or two. Events depicted in the book, while ordinary, might have been harrowing, riveting, or terrifying, but the reader is never made to feel the emotions of those moments.

It truly feels like this book had no editor. Not only for the reasons already mentioned, but because it often repeats itself, sometimes in contradictory ways. And, not being a dog-person maybe I just do not understand, but what editor would allow an entire chapter recounting a history of the dogs the author has owned, how she came to own them, and how they died into the book? I'm not making that up. An entire chapter of "that's when I met fluffy, Fluffy and I loved to run together. He appreciated the majesty of the trail and we ran together a lot." What the crap?! How did that get past the editor, or the beta-readers?

Also the narrator is not great. She vacillates between only two voices: one a sleepy voice that sounds like she is almost slurring her words, making her sound like she is half in the bag, and the other, a giddy-sounding voice like a child who is so excited about the punchline of a joke that they cannot keep their voice calm enough to tell the setup. Too bad the book is not funny.

In conclusion, I think this book would only be of interest to someone who has some particular interest in the author herself, because as just a common listener who enjoys running books, I found it very difficult to get through.

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  • StephanieD
  • 2020-03-27

Inspiring and entertaining!

My favorite ultra book this far. Those with ED, sex abuse and just some real shit in life will like this story of perseverance.

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  • Julie T Grabowski
  • 2020-03-11

Great story

In most cases, I agree that the author should not read the story. I wish Catra read this one. Have you heard her podcasts?! Her voice and enthusiasm for life would have made this even better.

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  • Dina
  • 2020-02-29

Too redundant

Catra has an amazing story. Since I knew of her in the ultra community and saw her at races I was curious to know her story. She’s very inspiring however the way the book was written became very redundant and found myself just trying to get to the end just to get it over with. Thanks for sharing Catra

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  • RD
  • 2020-01-05

Loved your story Catra.

Was bummed when realized it was the end. Can't wait to meet you on the trail!

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  • Jackie Lange
  • 2019-11-07

my hero

Catra is so amazing, and inspiring. I cried several times. I'm so thankful she finally put out a book, I wish it was longer and I wish she was the narrator, but the narrator did a great job.

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  • Ben
  • 2019-11-06

Great and very inspirational!

I understand others have been critical of how the book isn't in a strictly chronological order. I had no problem with the flow of the book and thoroughly enjoyed it! I too found part of myself out there on the trails maybe one day I'll get to run along with Catra!

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  • Cody
  • 2019-10-27

Great Book

This book is great to listen to on the way to work or just sitting around. Its not only a well written but its also inspiring and motivate as well. Makes me want to try and run a 50 miler.