>General Running>Marathoning article from the Chicago Tribune - "Just Do It"
Running the 2012 Boston Marathon for Children's Hospital
Needs more cowbell!
But most of the few people who do die during marathons don't die because of the act of running. An underlying, often undiagnosed health problem almost always is involved, usually having to do with the heart.
• 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)
• 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)
Maybe we shouldn't strive or dream or set goals at all. But we do. We do because that's how we're wired. Something inside us tells us to go for more. To strain and struggle and bleed for something great. To build ever taller buildings. To push the envelope. To take it to the limit and beyond.
The knowing nods said, "See, human beings weren't meant to run long distances."
This reminded me of one of my favorite portions of the recent NOVA marathon program.
According to anthropologists, it is precisely the fact that humans are meant to run long distances that gave us an evolutionary leg-up. Apparently, our hairless bodies, our springy arches, our abundant sweat glands, and our big butts (which act as a counterbalance) allow humans to outlast most game animals over long distances. In other words, in our ancient past, our best way to get meat was literally out-running our prey to the point of exhaustion.
I've got a fever...
On your deathbed, you won't wish that you'd spent more time at the office. But you will wish that you'd spent more time running. Because if you had, you wouldn't be on your deathbed.
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I gotta remember this next time someone tells me that Humans weren't meant to eat meat.
Meat-eater teeth - check
slow, but steady running - check
sweaty - check
big butt - CHECK!
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