First, these freaks:
- The longest foot race in the world is 3,100 miles, long enough to stretch from New York to Los Angeles. Those who run it choose a different route: they circle one city block in Queens – for two months straight.
The athletes lap their block more than 5,000 times. They wear out 12 pairs of shoes. They run more than two marathons daily. In the heat and rain of a New York summer, they stop for virtually nothing except to sleep between midnight and 6 a.m.
Then there's Floyd Landis, the winner of this year's Tour de France... he has a disease that is destroying his hip. His solution: work harder, to "wear a useful groove in the bone and cartilage of his damaged joint". (h/t Neddie).
I consider myself a fucking champion when I manage a 5 mile run on the weekend.