The fella ran the Around the Bay Road Race in Hamilton this past weekend. He ran and he ran and he ran, 30 kilometres (18.5 miles) through the streets, up and down hills, past very tempting hotdog stands.
He did the race last year too, but as I explained in a post, it was much harder on me. MUCH harder.
Now the thing about the fella is he isn’t built for running. He’s built for pushing things. So I wondered how successful he’d be at running. Runners normally look like spaghetti in sneakers. He does not.
But taking a look around the race course this weekend I noticed that these people running 30 km were every shape and size imaginable. Sure the ones out at the front of the pack had to be careful not to slip into the sewer grates, but everyone else was a mix. Tall people, short people, dumpy people, overweight people, pear shaped people, triangle shaped people, old people, young people. Everything. All of them fit enough to run for hours on end.
So I took the opportunity to talk with some of these people who had obviously trained very hard to get to this point. I would consider them all to be experts because to finish a 30 kilometre race isn’t for novices.
I’m interested in running and have done a bit of it, but wanted to know a little more. Sort of the secret behind it all. How do you ever get to the point that you can run for 20 or 30 or 40 miles?!
So I asked them …
After many hours of talking to countless runners I got the answer to my question. So if you’re interested in becoming a runner, settle in and get ready to reap the benefits of my in depth research and their thoughtful answers about the exact right way to become a runner.
Or eat a hot dog. Your choice.