In May 2008, Jason Harper — who ran his first marathon in 2005 — set out on a 100-mile run around the perimeter of Sacramento.
He had a few other runners with him … but they weren’t competitors.
He followed a course … but it wasn’t an official route.
He had a goal … but it wasn’t to break a personal record.
In fact, Jason didn’t run a race.
Instead, he completed a life-altering adventure that brought extensive awareness to the number of kids in inner-city schools without access to proper healthcare.
On “race” day (a date he planned for a year), the temperature soared to 101 degrees.
During his run, he experienced the standard blisters, dehydration and cramping. However, he also suffered from hypothermia, a fever and intense surface heat that caused his skin to completely peel away from the bottom of his feet.
This interview reveals how Jason overcame several physical and mental hurdles, including the darkest hours of his life, to complete “the extra mile.”
I’m sure I have triple the time to train that this couple has. For me, it’s inspirational to see how much of a priority running is for this family. In addition, I think it shows the therapeutic effect running can have on your mind and body.
Since backing out of yesterday’s Turkey Trot run due to the first rainfall in Phoenix in about three months, I have been determined to schedule a new race.
During my search this morning, I came across a unique race. In fact, it’s a running event I think would have trouble attracting participants – the InStep Icebreaker Indoor Marathon.
Apparently, the course looks something like this: 0.
Yes, runners must complete about 94 laps around an indoor track in Milwaukee. Not only does that sound boring, my guess is the repetition and lack of terrain would increase your chances for injury.
I’m not a big treadmill fan, but I would run a marathon on one before even considering an indoor track marathon. At least you could then park yourself in front of a television to help break the monotony.
If you’ve completed an indoor marathon, please let me know about your experience. Are my assumptions off?
I love low-cost fitness solutions you can do anywhere, at any time and without the need for much equipment. Maybe this is why I enjoying running so much.
Recently, I came across a challenge that meets these criteria — the One Hundred Push Ups Program. After seeing several people reference it on various blogs, I finally decided to jump on board.
Today I took the initial test (which was definitely an ego-killer), so I guess I’m officially off and running.
I’ve always been a little envious of people who seem to pound out push-ups with relative ease. Right now 100 consecutive push-ups seems like a very lofty goal. I’m looking forward to seeing my progress after six weeks of training.
Have you attempted or — better yet — completed this challenge? Please feel free to share your experience in the comments section.