Sunday, October 01, 2006

running running!

Hi Everyone!

As I am writing this post, there are 34 days, 16 hours, and some amount of minutes until the start of the Athens marathon! I can't believe its getting so close, and infact, some days I just want the marathon to happen tomorrow! today I ran 18 miles, and I'm pretty proud of that! I had to take a few breaks for water and re-fueling (after all, that was about 1800 calories I burned!), but I generally feel prepared to do all of this!

I recently met a PC trainee (someone who will become a volunteer after successfully completing the 3 month training) who has ran several marathons, and he loaned me this book by an "ultramarathoner," Dean Karnazes. This book is interesting, and its amazing the things he's done! he's run 100 mile races through mountainous terrain in less than 24 hours, won the 130ish mile ultramarathon through death valley, run 262 miles straight without stopping or sleeping, and run a marathon in the south pole! this dude is amazing! he's currently trying to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days...

So this got me to thinking about the sport, and of course I wikipedia-ed it. Turns out that there is a woman named Rosie Swale-Pope who is RUNNING around the WORLD! not only that, but she runs while carrying a little cart behind her...much like the ones bikes carry! she was born in 1946, so she's older than both my parents and doing this insane thing!

Another woman, Pam Reed, ran the same ultramarathon as Karnazes through death valley...and she won it twice! one time, she beat her nearest competitor by FIVE HOURS! she wrote a book called "the extra mile," and currently orchestrates the Tuson Marathon.

so though I have found my 18 miles to be somewhat of a success...its been both humbling and amazing to read about the trials, struggles, and accopmlishments of these super athletes!


At 9:21 PM, Blogger -bio-olga said...

run Forrest, run!!!

wow, 18 miles - it´s like ca. 30 km!!!

my personal best I ran on the 5th of october 2002. I ran 40 km with my teammate and I remember that it was also snowing somewhere in the middle of this orienteering competition. before and also after that my longest traings were still only ca. 20 km.

so good luck with the trainings and let it be a great experience this competition of yours.

At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Andrea said...

Great Job Sis! My furthest run in life was 5 miles this spring. Proud of you and keep up the good work!

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Kari Ann said...

TONI!!!! I apologize for not writing before, I am the worst at computers, but I have finally decieded to blog myself and try to write more. I can not believe you ran 18 miles!!!!!!!!!! How long does that take??? You are going to be in some really good shape there my dear. Anyway I am glad to hear things are going well for you. I made a donation to help support your cause! Take care!!!!


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