The Honorable Clan of the Long-Distance Runner [great article]

October 2, 2012 — Leave a comment

PHOTO: Damon Winter/The New York Times

The Honorable Clan of the Long-Distance Runner
By Amby Burfoot and George A. Hirsch

“As amateur marathon runners for nearly 50 years, we were surprised when our sport made headlines recently for an unusual reason.

Last month, The New Yorker published an article on the Michigan dentist Kip Litton, who digitally fabricated an entire marathon and outsmarted computer timing systems. Then Representative Paul D. Ryan, the Republican candidate for vice president, misstated the finish time of his only marathon. …”

Continue reading at: NYTimes.com

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Some great “quotables” from the article:

  • “Focus and discipline form the core of a runner’s being; they are what make us put on a reflective vest and run six miles into the sleet at 6 on a dark winter morning.”
  • “Nonrunners often imagine that people can cover 26.2 miles only because they have lean, muscled legs and a highly developed cardiovascular system. Nothing could be further from the truth. The runner’s most important organ, by far, is the brain — the source of our dreams, drive and determination.”
  • “Running teaches all of us that goal-setting, persistence and tackling one mile at a time can lead to unimaginable achievements. Lessons are learned on the road, day by day, from personal feedback and experience.”

Training Journal – 10/2/12:

  • Current plan: Honolulu Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 7 mile pacing run @8:07
  • Comments: I did 7.49 @ 8:00
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