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Re: Run?

Postby Senator L » Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:25 pm

I heard an interesting bit on the radio about running stats the difference
between Canadians and Americans. They said per capita there are almost twice
as many Canadian marathon runners than Americans, but Americans on average run almost
25 minutes faster. They thought Canadians just enjoyed running, where Americans
enjoyed running against the clock
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Re: Run?

Postby Spahny » Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:01 pm

I don't think it's harder to run faster. As I progressed I found my enjoyment increasing. It's fun to discover that you are capable of more than you previously believed.

At some point the obsession with the clock diminishes. It happens somewhere right around the time you find your level of incompetence.

I think the relationship with pain and endurance running is the heart of the matter. Not time. There's a lot going on there. And it's universal to all experiences from first to last.
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Re: Run?

Postby Spahny » Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:26 pm

Imagine doing something like this... This crazy.

Or is there even anything like this left to do?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=629q81fPqYM
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Re: Run?

Postby Senator L » Mon Nov 30, 2015 1:31 pm

100 miles in a day...doesn't seem possible.
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Re: Run?

Postby pointgivenfan » Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:46 am

"I am the man who with the utmost daring discovered what had been discovered before." - G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy.
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Re: Run?

Postby Spahny » Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:42 pm

The point about Gordy Ainsleigh is that he was the first. Ran 100 in the Sierra's in 1974 on the course that was meant for the horse race event. Did this all on his own because a friend told him he was nuts and that it was impossible. Smart friend... All done with no fanfare, no support, no water bottle or any real calories packed along except for a bag of trail mix. His kidneys should have failed.

Now they are running races though the Sahara and Gobi Deserts. The new record for completing the Pacific Crest trail is 54 days, 2655 miles from Mexico to Canada borders. That's a 50 mile per day pace through the Sierra and Cascade ranges.

I don't know where the limits are.

Of course messengers used to cover hundreds of miles. And most of them would get their heads chopped off for the effort if they delivered bad news. Phidippides ran over 150 miles when he delivered his note to the emperor. Spartathalon is a 153 mile race in Greece that started in the mid eighties. It is the Phidippides course, or as close as anyone can figure it.

Many already know that he died after delivering good news of a victory at the Battle of Marathon. The Greeks thought that was cool form so they started up a reasonable 26.2 mile race in his honor. Of course if Phidippides had lived and then later delivered some bad news to the very same emperor then they would have been able to kick his severed head around the streets of Athens.
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Re: Run?

Postby Spahny » Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:01 pm

Filmmaker Sebastian Montaz-Rosset went to Nepal to record Kilian Jornet's attempt at the Everest record. Then an earthquake happened. Here's the trailer...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC1JHBOkaqo
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Re: Run?

Postby pointgivenfan » Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:24 pm

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Re: Run?

Postby pointgivenfan » Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:00 pm

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Re: Run?

Postby Spahny » Thu Dec 24, 2015 8:37 pm

One little personal tale about The Barkley.

I love the characters in this sport. If you're so serious about something that you've lost your sense of humor you are a fool... and a bore.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8VHy1Qja-0
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