Two Wonders of Human Performance at the NYC Marathon Today

Most of the media attention in today’s New York City Marathon was on cyclist Lance Armstrong, who ran a 2:59.36. That is a very impressive result, especially considering that a) it was his first marathon, b) he weighs 20 pounds more than he did as a TdF racer, and c) he never really trained properly for the event, partly because of injuries, partly because of all the flitting about one does when one is Lance Armstrong. That he was still able to pull off a first-timer, sub-3 marathon is only 30% about physical fitness; it is more about his mind and motivation.

But the real miracle marathon today in NYC was someone who came in a scant 50 seconds or so behind Armstrong. He didn’t break 3 hours, although he has in the past, but Dean Karnazes (“Ultramarathon Man”) was running his 50th marathon in 50 days. Did you get that? 50 marathons in fifty days. 1,310 miles. Staggering stuff. And despite that Karnazes came in only a few seconds behind the abovementioned Mr. Armstrong.

And what did Dean think he might do next? He felt great, so he imagined that tomorrow he might go for a little run.

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Comments

  1. ZUrlocker says:

    Dean Karnazes is a great guy and its too bad his story got lost in the onslaught of coverage for Lance Armstrong.
    Here’s an even more impressive marathon feat: 143 marathons in 143 days by Terry Fox in 1980. Also, he had cancer and only one leg.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Fox
    –Zack

  2. floyd says:

    >That he was still able to pull off a first-timer, sub-3 marathon is only 30% about physical fitness; it is more about his mind and motivation.
    …and a little residual EPO, HGH, Clear…