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So Far Gone Running On Empty

03.29.2005

running

Are you a runner? A running fan? A running nut? A running fool? Running. Running. Running.

I guess I've never understood the running mentality. I always see people running around town, running in the rain, in the snow, on nasty gravel and cinder paths. After watching this week’s 60 Minutes, where the focus was on a couple of runners: Dean Karnazes and Pam Reed. The interview dealt with their general running life and how it went when they participated in the Badwater Ultramarathon, which to put it mildly is insane:

the Badwater Ultramarathon, the world's toughest foot race. The next edition of this legendary, 135 mile, invitational running race from Badwater in Death Valley (elev. 280 feet below sea level) to Whitney Portals on Mt. Whitney (elev. 8360 feet) takes place July 11-13, 2005.

The best quote during the show was a runner nearing the end who said, "It's only a marathon to go, and anyone can run a marathon, right?” The profiles on the two focused runners Dean and Pam were interesting. They basically had to run everyday or they went stir-crazy. On car trips, Pam would get out and run and be picked up 3 or so miles down the road by the family. With Dean he would run around with a cell phone and order pizza delivery in the middle of nowhere. These people were clearly beyond the point of just running to "keep in shape".

Karnazes' blisters got so bad in one race that he had to stop for some first aid. "He [the doctor] lanced my blisters … and he stuck in a tube of Krazy Glue into the lance, and just pushed it down, and then put a piece of duct tape over it. And said, 'OK, get up soldier. Seventy more miles to go.'"

On this year's Badwater Ultramarathon roster there's an interesting fact, only two people are under the age of 30. There's one 28-year old and one 29-year old. This is not a race that the crazy kids are doing. Everyone here is someone who's old enough to know what they're doing. Or are they? Is there too much of a good thing? or is it all right? Or perhaps this is just another form of addiction.

Simply put, it must be some level of addiction because for those who have to, sorry I mean, HAVE TO RUN! There's not stopping them. I guess it could be worse.


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Comments

kingbenny said:

I ran one time but my arches hurt.
I wrote a song called Runnin' instead.
Nice site, by the way - very nice.



Chad Saunders said:

I watched this also. I thought it was pretty crazy too, but with all the people in the world there's gotta be at least a few people who just have to run.




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