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Exercise & Fitness: it’s a marathon, not a sprint

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10 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

The host of a podcast I've gotten into recently ran seven marathons in seven days on all seven continents a couple of years ago. Imagine the recovery from that. 

There is a race in Sahara desert that consists of 7 marathons in 7 days, and you carry your own water and everything and keep track of where you're running because the track is obviously not marked. The first time I heard of it was when James Cracknell did it. The guy is 2x rowing Olympic champion, and after retiring he is doing all kinds of endurance feats - he rowed across Atlantic, ran that 7 marathon race in Sahara, did a row the English Channel - ride a bike to Gibraltar - swim the Gibraltar, rowed in the Boat Race in his late fourties (oldest person to win it) etc. If you like things like that, I'd suggest you look him up.

9 hours ago, Mudguard said:

Some guy did 50 marathons in different states in the US over 50 days.

Not sure if he's the guy you're thinking of, but I think Eddie Izzard did something like that, too.

The biggest feat of endurance I can think of is this guy doing 50 Iron man triathlons in 50 days in all 50 states in the USA.

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27 minutes ago, baxus said:

There is a race in Sahara desert that consists of 7 marathons in 7 days, and you carry your own water and everything and keep track of where you're running because the track is obviously not marked. The first time I heard of it was when James Cracknell did it. The guy is 2x rowing Olympic champion, and after retiring he is doing all kinds of endurance feats - he rowed across Atlantic, ran that 7 marathon race in Sahara, did a row the English Channel - ride a bike to Gibraltar - swim the Gibraltar, rowed in the Boat Race in his late fourties (oldest person to win it) etc. If you like things like that, I'd suggest you look him up.

Not sure if he's the guy you're thinking of, but I think Eddie Izzard did something like that, too.

The biggest feat of endurance I can think of is this guy doing 50 Iron man triathlons in 50 days in all 50 states in the USA.

Jesus.  These people are all crazy.

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You may think that as a joke, but you're not far from the truth.

I'd suggest watching some of Cracknell's "adventures", since some of them have been done for charity or filmed for TV shows, and there is a fair amount of video material on it. The amount of dedication the guy shows is fanatical at best and psychotic at worst. I mean, he got sunstruck in Sahara and refused to get an IV in the medical tent because it would mean he gets a time penalty on his score.

Also, BBC did a documentary on Britain's men's fours preparation for Sydney Olympics and he was a part of that crew, along with some other rowing legends. It's a pretty interesting insight into life of athletes at that level.

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Yeah, some of these endurance athletic feats are just bonkers. Not exactly the same, but there are some amazing stories of individuals paddling across an ocean, which takes months. 

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On 9/15/2021 at 1:25 AM, Mudguard said:

Some guy did 50 marathons in different states in the US over 50 days.

Yeah a guy I know (ex strongman) just did something similar for charity.

48 marathons in the 48 different English counties 48 days in a row. Mind blowing.

https://www.insider.com/john-clark-former-strongman-running-48-marathons-48-days-charity-2021-8

 

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My fitness playing rugby today was absolutely terrible. I've been struggling with my foot so I've been running less and less and missed quite a lot of training for various reasons over the last few weeks. I was just a complete liability after about 30 minutes. I really need to sort myself out.

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4 hours ago, ljkeane said:

My fitness playing rugby today was absolutely terrible. I've been struggling with my foot so I've been running less and less and missed quite a lot of training for various reasons over the last few weeks. I was just a complete liability after about 30 minutes. I really need to sort myself out.

I felt the same playing football on Thursday again this week.  I was doing well for the first 30 minutes, but breathing heavier than I should be for the pace of the game.  Then after 40 minutes my left calf tightened up badly.  I went in goal for the remainder.  I thought it might be cramp because I did not drink much water all day prior, but I can tell since that it’s a minor muscle strain.

Abruptly returning to football after so many years out has shone a harsh light on my physical conditioning.  I’ve swam a lot all summer, in addition to lifting weights, but it doesn’t prepare you for the exertion of a soccer match, especially 7v7 with constant motion and no subs.

I went out today to do some light running and kicking the ball around, as much as my calf would allow without re-injury, to at least loosen up my stiff muscles.  My shin splints feel very tight.  I’ll continue to leave off heavy leg weights while I’m feeling so tight after soccer.

I’ll do some upper body weights tomorrow.  And I may swim too, although a wetsuit will be needed even if it was 81F here today.  It’s beautiful weather for September, but the water is still getting colder each night.

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Today I had a long swim, and eschewed the wetsuit for another week.  It felt fantastic to be in the water. 

Then I went inside, ate a banana for some energy, and did a weights session of bench press and cable row.

Feeling good now, but I need to add a mid-week weights session even if work is very busy again.  I probably won’t be able to play soccer this week because of a commitment at my son’s school that evening.

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Alright, my longest training run is in the books. Was supposed to be 20 miles, but I knew I'd not make that so I stuck for 3 hours 15 minutes. Those last 15 minutes were...not fun. But I made it about 17.5 miles, a new record for me. And I feel confident that I can at least complete the marathon, although if that was a preview it is going to be an absolutely miserable experience in the end.

Now begins the taper. Which I'm looking forward to, gods I'm so tired, but also I've gained about 5 lbs the past month and I know I'm just going to feel even worse about it when I'm not running as much. Didn't want to try and mess around with marathon training on a calorie deficit, but after the race I'll be starting counting calories again to cut this a bit. I just feel so puffy around the middle!

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Had a really good chest workout this morning.  Nearly all of my heavy sets finished with 1-2 in the tank, which is exactly where I aim to be.  Tomorrow is back, and Wed will be legs, but I have this nagging issue with my left hip.  I'll roll it out a few days in a row, but then leg day hits and it feels tight again.  It's not painful, per se, but it is uncomfortable.  I'm trying a new workout this week, so maybe I have bad form for one of the moves.  Guess we'll see on Wed.

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Got a 3 mile trail run in, 950 ft elevation up, two weeks ago.  Twisted my ankle on my way back down, but nothing serious, just tender since.  
 

Been doing 40 min HIIT dumbbell workouts with a core component, with two rest days of yin yoga.  Starting to get some of my cardio conditioning back from the long pause and show some definition.  Hoping to throw a long bicycle ride into for enjoyment, and do some more trails before rainy season sets in.

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