2012 Renewal — Born to Run and Walk? Some Feats of Human Endurance.

Mark Russell is one of the owners of Metro Run and Walk and is an avid walker and runner.

Mark Russell is one of the owners of Metro Run and Walk and is an avid walker and runner.

Tale of the Tape Through Week Ten

Weight:  January 1 = 189, March 11 = 178.0  10 weeks,  loss of 11.0 lbs.  Ahead of 1 lb per week pace.

Mileage: Week 10 run/walk miles: 34.0.  Avg weekly mileage: 37.0.  Above target min of 35 mi/wk.

Why do we feeled compelled to move on our feet?

Nature?  Nurture?  I don’t know.  I actually don’t care that much, but it makes for interesting chatter among friends, running/walking partners, and inside our heads as we are out on the roads and trails.

Chris McDougall made quite the splash with his book Born to Run, as he explored the intersection of running with people and cultures.  When I give talks to groups interested in exercise and fitness, I will often challenge the audience to think of the human as the ultimate endurance land-dweller, having evolved as a persistence hunter able to run down dinner over several hours (or days if necessary…) all while eating and drinking and staying cool along the way.  Others look at our unique physiology and reach a similar conclusion.  To help you ponder this and what it might mean to you, here are a small handful of events and efforts that demonstrate the incredible ability of our bodies to go the distance.  Maybe 2012 is your year to start testing where your limits might be?

World record for distance in 24 hours

Badwater 135, including doubles, quads, and unassisted efforts

Quickest thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail

50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days

Sri Chinmoy 3100 Mile Race

6 day races of the late 1800s

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