“Ultra Marathon Man” Dean Karnazes doesn’t believe you need a special body type to run long distances. Dean ran marathons in all 50 states for 50 consecutive days, for his Run Across America and he shares with Boyd the most challenging endurance race he seems to keep coming back for – despite the 130 degree temperature.
The “talk test” is a useful measure of your fitness, and whether you are exercising at the right intensity for you. But even if you could pass it with flying colours, it doesn’t follow that you have to keep up a conversation with your running buddy about their holiday plans, their boss or what they watched on TV last night. Far better for some of us to have a little quiet time to think, enjoy the view and concentrate on our lap times, speed and even the great music on our running playlist.
On Saturday, Martin Balding will run his 35th consecutive marathon at Oregon’s Crater Lake. Since his first race there in 1979, Balding each year has made the four-plus hour drive from his home near Susanville in northeast California to run one of the toughest marathons in the United States.
Why, at age 76, is he running it again? “Well, I had a lobotomy,” he says, laughing.
MOSCOW (AP) — One year after a remarkable Olympics, an encore at the world championships was always going to be tough for the U.S. track team. The Americans won a whopping 29 medals at the London Games, but they are refusing to predict a number for this year. Instead, they are building on a team flush with fresh faces seeking to dominate the sport for years to come.
USA Triathlon is expecting record participation in its age group national championships this weekend along Milwaukee’s lakefront, according to a news release from Visit Milwaukee. The triathlon will bring 4,500 participants to the city along with thousands of family members and spectators. Top amateur athletes will compete for national titles and spots on Team USA in next year’s ITU Triathlon World Championships.
Sometimes it drives me crazy, sitting on my butt at my desk for hours a day. I know, I know. I cover fitness, so I get out more than the average 9-to-5-er. But I still sit at a desk for at least 8 hours most days. And when I do finally stand up, I feel like Quasimodo, hunched over and stiff.
The participants set to compete in the Spartan Death Race in the Vermont woods this weekend don’t know the obstacles they’ll face during the 40-mile endurance event. They just know the obstacles are going to be tough. Really tough. In previous years, participants have had to carry tractor tires up and down a mountain; hike upstream in 45-degree, waist-deep water; chop down trees; and crawl through a maze of barbed wire amid mud. Last year’s event lasted 67 hours.