Monday, May 31, 2010

The Tortoise and the Hare

Posted By on Mon, May 31, 2010 at 3:12 PM

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I've blogged about running, mostly in the form of self-congratulations for having completed the Dry Creek Half-Marathon and the annual Race to Robie Creek earlier this spring. However, I've also tried to encourage wannabe athletes to give jogging a try. I hear non-runners use terms like "crazy" and "insane" to describe what I do. Or worse, when I told a co-worker I hoped to run 12 miles one day, he said, "Why not just drive?" Clearly, some people are missing the point. But I'm not even running that far compared to some people.

While Christopher McDougall made an excellent case for human beings as natural distance runners in his bestseller, Born To Run, it seems his argument is gaining support. A recent article in Times Online suggests that our species might not be the fastest, but we certainly have the best endurance. So perhaps we should stop making such a big deal over speedsters like Usain Bolt, who's not really all that fast, and start focusing on people like Dean Karnazes, who has run 300 miles without stopping.

It's a timely piece, given that several of my supposedly "crazy" and "insane" friends are running the Pocatello 50 Mile Trail Run today. One of them is Montrail-sponsoredJoelle Vaught. She is a nationally ranked ultra-runner who quietly lives and trains in the Boise foothills. When I last checked, she was on her way to her next win.

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