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Posted: 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
Posted: 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.
Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:26 pm
Imagine doing something like this... This crazy.
Or is there even anything like this left to do?
Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 1:31 pm
100 miles in a day...doesn't seem possible.
Cool guy, for sure
Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:46 am
Posted: 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.
Posted: 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...
Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:24 pm
Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:00 pm
Posted: 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.
Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:59 pm
Since my team is on a two-month winter break (ending in January) I've been running more supplemented with some weightlifting once or twice a week.
I've actually felt that running more often lately has decreased my enjoyment of it, or maybe it's just that it's winter so that everything is brown and grey, cold and wet and ugly. Whenever it's warm, green and sunny I can't wait to get outside, but lately I've really had to drag myself out there (although having the dog as a running partner helps).
Anyway, once I select a new gym I'd really like to get back to roller derby three times a week, weightlifting twice and running maybe three times a week max. I think I'm happiest and most eager when I'm cross training and things are fresh and varied.
Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:15 am
Kilian Jornet was unable to complete the Everest attempt this summer.
So here is how he relaxes in the winter season.
Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 9:41 pm
I understand that very few people will choose to sit through this.
Gary Robbins has now failed two years in a row to finish The Barkley. What is The Barkley? See the Net Flix documentary. Barkley: The Race That Eats It's Young
. In 30 years only 16 men have completed all 5 loops. No woman has ever finished the race. In 2017 Gary Robbins failed for the second year in a row when he made a wrong decision and went off course on the 5th and final loop with only 2.5 miles to the finish line. He is dis-qualified for going off course but he also got to the finish line 6 seconds over the cutoff time. It's believed by the race organizers that he ran 3 miles further by going off course, so if he had stayed on course he would have made to the finish under the cutoff and become one of the few to finish the race. It was heart breaking. The first video link is a short news segment of his finish. The second link is an hour interview about the experience... For anyone interested on what a guy like this is made of. Hint; He's your neighbor and best friend.
He will be back to Tennessee to try again. Most likely next year. Very few people will know of it. So I will spread the word a little here. Gary Robbins is a grunt of the highest order. He plays a game with which very few are familiar.
Posted: Wed May 10, 2017 9:05 pm
I saw that documentary!
By the way, Spahny, have you ever participated in a ride & tie?
Posted: Thu May 11, 2017 7:40 pm
Starine wrote:I saw that documentary!
By the way, Spahny, have you ever participated in a ride & tie?
No but I've heard of it. And at this point the only way I would get 100 miles would be on the back of a horse.
I forgot to mention in the original post that John Kelly did become the 15th liftetime finisher of the Barkley in 2017. I believe it was his second attempt. For some reason most of the world was focused on Gary Robbins failure to complete the course. But since The Barkley is about failure (if it is about anything at all) then that is understandable.
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:06 pm
Hardrock 100 run in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. Only 145 spots and 2500 applicants in last year's lottery to get in. Some people try for years to get in and run it. Hardrock is one of the most popular trail races in the world.
This is Go Pro coverage of primarily the first half of the race and the run into Ouray going the counter clockwise direction. Jamil Coury filming has been referred to as the Jackass of ultra running. Spectacular course with an average altitude of 11,000 feet above sea level.
Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:14 pm
Same guy at Barkley.
No finishers this year.