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 Review from Chris McDougall. NYT Best Selling Author of "Born to Run" and "Natural Born Heroes" 

“ Relentless is one of the most thrilling, heart-rending adventure stories I’ve ever read. Lisa Tamati is a ferociously talented runner who’s conquered some of the most gruelling challenges on earth, but nothing put her heart and stamina to the test like the day her mother collapsed. From that moment on, Lisa had to dig into every trick of the endurance athlete’s trade in her race to keep this courageous and loving woman alive. Read Relentless, and like me you’ll be enthralled by Lisa's tale, enchanted by her family, and inspired to Be Like Lisa.”


When extreme endurance athlete, Lisa Tamati, was confronted with the hardest challenge of her life, she fought with everything she had. Her beloved mother, Isobel, had suffered a huge aneurysm and stroke and was left with massive brain damage; she was like a baby in a woman’s body. The prognosis was dire. There was very little hope that she would ever have any quality of life again. But Lisa is a fighter and stubborn.

She absolutely refused to accept the words of the medical fraternity and instead decided that she was going to get her mother back or die trying.

This book tells of the horrors, despair, hope, love, and incredible experiences and insights of that journey. It shares the difficulties of going against a medical system that has major problems and limitations. Amongst the darkest times were moments of great laughter and joy. 

 Relentless will not only take the reader on a journey from despair to hope and joy, but it also provides information on the treatments used, expert advice and key principles to overcoming obstacles and winning in all of life’s challenges. It will inspire and guide anyone who wants to achieve their goals in life, overcome massive obstacles or limiting beliefs. It’s for those who are facing terrible odds, for those who can’t see light at the end of the tunnel. It’s about courage, self-belief, and mental toughness. And it’s also about vulnerability... it’s real, raw, and genuine.

This is not just a story about the love and dedication between a mother and a daughter. It is about beating the odds, never giving up hope, doing whatever it takes, and what it means to go ‘all in’. Isobel’s miraculous recovery is a true tale of what can be accomplished when love is the motivating factor and when being relentless is the only option. 


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Book Reviews:

There is nothing more powerful than overcoming physical illness when doctors don’t have answers and the odds are stacked against you. This is a fiercely inspiring journey of a mother and daughter that never give up. It’s a powerful example for all of us. 
Dr Bill Andrews, Nobel Prize Winner, author of Curing Aging and Telomere Lengthening. 

"A hero is someone that refuses to let anything stand in her way, and Lisa Tamati is such an individual. Faced with the insurmountable challenge of bringing her ailing mother back to health, Lisa harnessed a deeper strength to overcome impossible odds. Her story is gritty, genuine and raw, but ultimately uplifting and endearing. If you want to harness the power of hope and conviction to overcome the obstacles in your life, Lisa’s inspiring story will show you the path." 
Dean Karnazes, New York Times best selling author and Extreme Endurance Athlete.

"Lisa revives the essence of what it is to show courage, grit and resilience in an ever increasing fragile world. This book is inspiration to us all on how to find our inner strength and know that we all have what it takes to get through life's difficulties.” -

Tom Cronin, Producer and Co-Writer of The Portal Film and Book 

"Lisa’s book takes the reader on a journey of grit and resilience. Her determination to help her mother and the love that drives through her comes across in waves as she shares an often emotional, yet very inspiring story. If you need a true story to reignite or even spark the fire that is burning in your soul then this is a must read." 

Kerwin Rae, Australia's leading business strategist and high performance specialist.

"Relentless is the perfect title for this fast paced, page turner. Like Lisa Tamati herself, the book never slows down and never stops charging forward. Some challenges in life are self inflicted and some are thrust upon us but Lisa approaches every challenge with equal gusto and determination. We can all learn something from Relentless and from Lisa herself. This story is raw and engaging from start to finish. It will speak to you long after you have finished reading it." -

Charlie Engle, Extreme Adventurer, star of feature film 'Running the Sahara' and author of 'Running Man'.

"Lisa Tamati has forged a name for herself by completing in some of the worlds most gruelling races in extreme conditions. "I can't" simply does not exist in her vocabulary. When faced with the biggest challenge of her life, Lisa does what she knows how, and fights! This inspirational 

true story of love and commitment sheds light on the impossible being possible and gives us all hope"

Ben Warren, Celebrity Nutritionist and holistic health expert.

"What do you do when there seems like there's no hope? Well, Lisa Tamati and her family fought, and fought hard. When left with the prospect of losing their beloved Mum, Isobel, they battled to keep her alive, keep her home, and bring her back. This heartwarming story of the love of a family and what it takes to prevail over an avalanche of obstacles" -

JJ Virgin, 4x NYT best selling author, Celebrity Nutrition & Fitness Expert.

"An incredible story of how the powerful bond between daughter and mother defies conventional medicine to achieve the most inspirational medical recovery. When a never say never attitude is combined with a fierce drive to explore all options, anything is possible."

Dr Nick Kimber, Exercise Physiologist/Nutritionist

After an unexpected crisis, Lisa’s total devotion and love for her mum, Isobel, is inspiring. This story is a must-read for anyone looking to overcome obstacles in a positive, uplifting way. I loved this book!

Molly Sheridan, author Running Past Midnight, Extreme Endurance Athlete

Lisa has written a magnificent and heartfelt account of her battle to save her mother. It’s not just about both these womens’ incredible strength and courage. It also tells us so much about the power of the human spirit to triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds, and inspires us to question and go beyond what we think – or are being told – is possible.

Matthew Wolf - Hollywood Actor/Producer 

"The honesty in which Lisa shares her story with us is what makes it so powerful. An accomplished ultra runner and endurance athlete, its the resilience Lisa has taken from her passion that fuels her unlimited drive. Speaking with her, you can feel it. Reading her book, you truly get a sense of what we are all capable of, when we are confronted with an unexpected challenge." -

Ray Zahab, Adventurer, ultradistance runner and author


“As someone who has come back from a major stroke this is the most valuable resource I have ever read! This book is heartwarming, vulnerable and courageously honest just like Lisa” -

Mike King, New Zealander of the Year, TV personality and mental health advocate.

I have always thought Lisa Tamati was one incredibly unique, extraordinary, even crazy human for all she accomplished in the ultra marathon world. I also knew she would have to be down right feisty, determined and audaciously tenacious to achieve what she has.

Having been a long distance runner myself I also get there are many who ask ‘Why do it?’ ‘Relentless’ is one hell of a why. It is a story about courage, grace, strength, grit and pure, enduring love.

You only need to read the first few pages of this book to understand that ‘life’ for all of us, can be one big ultra-marathon challenge and Lisa shows us the power in fighting for what you believe in, putting one foot in front of the other, staying on the track, working through the pain and never ever giving up no matter what your challenge" -

Kim Morrison, world record holder, author, entrepreneur and speaker.  

"Lisa Tamati has conquered the toughest distance runs in the world. She did not know the word 'impossible' until she decided to save her mother. With guts and love even she didn't know she had, she proved that impossible was not an option." -

Kathrine Switzer, women's running revolutionary:author Marathon Woman; founder '261 Fearless' Roger Robinson, champion runner, author When Running Made History, legendary historian.


Even though the challenges we face may not be as obviously arduous as those faced by Lisa, we can all learn something from her courage, tenacity, and unrelenting love for her mother. -

Te Radar, comedian and TV personality.


The bond between mother and child is unbreakable. Times of trials and tribulations bring unrelenting forces into a reality, and Lisa and her mother Isobel are both a  testament to the word relentless, because love and an unshakable belief can bring us through the darkest of times.
this book is a must read to understand that we are all capable of more than we think.   

Josh Komen 2 x Leukaemia survivor, elite athlete and author of "The Wind At My Back"


One woman's incredible story of ultra-running endurance, heartbreak, and resilience as she attempts to complete Badwater—the world's toughest desert foot race

The Badwater Ultramarathon through California's Death Valley is one of the world's toughest races. Lisa Tamati was the first New Zealand woman to compete in the race alongside such legends of the sport as Dean Karnazes and David Goggins. But Lisa's story is so much more than that one race. At the age of 19 she suffered a crippling back injury and was told she should give up running. She took that as a challenge and, with her Austrian boyfriend, went on to run, walk, bike, and paddle her way across thousands of miles of Europe, Scandinavia, and Africa before taking on the ultimate challenge—an unassisted crossing of the Libyan Desert. What happened in that desert would change the course of Lisa's life and instill in her a love of desert running. This is a story of a life lived to the max—a story of challenges, setbacks, heartbreaks, and triumph.


Lisa Tamati takes on some of the world's most extreme ultraraces in an inspiring look at the reality of a long-distance runner
Lisa Tamati gets asked one question more than any other: why do you do it? Here she attempts to answer that question and many more about ultra-marathon running. In the past few years, Lisa has taken part in some of the most gruelling races on earth. Not content with having run the Badwater Ultra-marathon once, she's been back and done it a second time. She's also completed the Gobi March and a race in the Egyptian Sahara. However, none of these could have prepared her for her greatest challenge to date—La Ultra, a 138-mile, nonstop race over the two Himalayan mountain passes. This book tells the stories behind these races and provides plenty of advice for runners of all levels and distances. Filled with training tips, gear lists, information on nutrition and supplements, advice on mental preparation and, most importantly, a focus on how to keep healthy while training and racing, it will inspire and motivate runners and non-runners alike.


Stephanie Mortellaro 
"I absolutely devoured both Running Hot and Running to Extremes whilst on holiday. I couldn’t get enough. Lisa writes honestly and from the heart, motivating me to get out there and follow my running dreams. I definitely recommend it, especially for running enthusiasts in search for an inspiring read. "

Wild Brian
"Good read. Excellent adventures by this remarkable women. Well worth a read. Nice tips throughout the book too!"

Alan Howe

"Running is easy. Just one foot in front of the other. The hard part is not giving up and doing what your mind wants: lying down and curling up into a ball and crying away the pain. "

Chris Pavey - Author Running Against Time

"Having read Lisa Tamati's first novel, Running Hot, I couldn't wait to immerse myself into her follow up novel Running to Extremes. Although, it was with a little trepidation.

You see, I rank Tamati's Running Hot as one of my all time favourite running novels, alongside and equal to Christopher McDougal's Born to Run, and Dean Karnazes' Ultramarathon Man. And like Dean's follow up novels to his original Best Seller I kind of expected Tamati's follow up to be great, but to fall a little short of equalling her original masterpiece. In some ways it did. In other ways it exceeded my expectations.

Like any follow up to a memoir or autobiography Tamati's Running to Extremes lacks those initial formative chapters that applied such richness to her first novel. We know her, we know her history. So where does she begin? Well, she begins with running of course. Running through New Zealand for that matter, bottom to top, and fundraising. And that is the true strength of this novel; Tamati's race accounts.

I instantly connected with Lisa's story, and after the first couple of chapters, which admittedly read a little awkwardly, just as her run through New Zealand did, her book ramped up a notch or two. I was riveted, hooked, and just as happened with Running Hot, I couldn't put this book down.

The piece de-resistance of this novel is Lisa's account of running La Ultra de High. It had me on the edge of my seat, and at the end, crying out for more. Her race accounts really do convey the struggle, the challenge, and the comraderie. By the end of her novel I felt as though I'd run the Northburn 100, the Gobi desert, and the Sahara. Tamati certainly takes you along for the ride. My only complaint is I wanted more!

What Tamati does give more of is tips and advice for ultra running, something I've found actually quite hard to come by. Perhaps because Ultra runners are too busy running to write it all down? And perhaps too, because of what becomes increasingly obvious, every ultra runner is different and takes on the challenge differently.
While I did find the advice in Running to Extremes interesting to read, I actually felt the book might have been improved without it and instead with more detail on Lisa's own struggles to overcome her injuries to take on La Ultra de High (she did include a lot about acclimatising for the race - which I lapped up). I'd have loved to have seen more about the training and all the hard work that surely must go in to getting to the top of her sport. But in this, Tamati stands together with all the other ultra runner authors out there. Is it really that easy? Does it really come so naturally to these super-human beings that there's no point writing it down? I think not! But perhaps the hard slog of reality doesn't prove such good reading.

Whatever may be the case, Running to Extremes does prove great reading, and as with Running Hot I thoroughly recommend it to any other runners out there. A must for the weekend warrior's bookshelf.



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