Marathon Diary - Part 1

Things to Do Before I Die?

I am training for the Chicago Marathon that takes place on the 22nd of October. Why? Because, it's on my list and I am better off doing this when I am younger than older. Some people think that's plain crazy. For example: as encouragement, the M.D. in my lab told me that the "human body is not supposed to run 26.2 miles" and asked me, "What happened to the first runner of the marathon - Pheidippides?" Well, he ran from the town of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been miraculously defeated in the Battle of Marathon and after passing the message of victory, he did not just pass out, he dropped dead! So, the first goal is not to complete the distance, but - "Try not to die!". But, now runners are a little better equipped with scientific training programs, shoes for particular foot types, refuelling gels, GPS systems and adequate hydration. I told him if you think this is crazy, I'll show you crazy - Dean Karnazes.

3 comments:

Ashutosh said...
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Ashutosh said...

With all this running technology, I won't be surprised if people start using a contraption that actually does the running for them...
But for you, only the utmost respect and best wishes!

You just drove Dr. Emmet Brown's point home. When in 1885, the good townsfolk in the wild west ask him if people run anymore in the presence of automobiles in the 20th century, he says "Of course they do, but for recreation, for fun" Hearing this, the good townsfolk fall of their chairs with incredulous laughter.

G Ji said...

Good luck dude....the marathon is such a manifestation of what the human body is capabe of....

I have recently put running a marathon on my list of things to do before I die...

Keep us posted on the preparation!