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17 June 2005

Shamelessly self-centered post I'm leaving for California tomorrow, where I'm due to run the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run next weekend.[More:]
Unfortunately, I've been injured for the past several weeks, and I have no idea how far I'll get. I figure the more people who know, the more likely I am to keep going. There's some kind of primitive webcast, not that anyone here is ever around their computers, and you can look for my name: Andrew Pollock, if you want to follow along.
posted by omiewise 17 June | 09:19
Very cool...I will egg you on from the comfort of my sofa here on the east coast! What kind of injury? Is it ok to run? I'll be tuning in to the webcast...good luck, omiewise.
posted by iconomy 17 June | 09:30
Good luck!
posted by taz 17 June | 10:25
Better you than me. Fortunately, it's not going to be too hot out here this weekend.

Best of luck!
posted by mudpuppie 17 June | 12:15
Faster you bastard! *Hwwtchaa!*
posted by peacay 17 June | 12:30
100 miles? I wouldn't attempt that with a hangnail or cowlick even. Wishing you the best, an early and long sustained runner's high.
posted by Feisty 17 June | 12:49
me neither-- i hope you win, or at least can finish--i'll follow along online. : >
posted by amberglow 17 June | 13:14
Metachat is watching. Failure is not an option.

Good luck dude
posted by dodgygeezer 17 June | 13:22
Godspeed You! omiewise Emperor!
posted by safetyfork 17 June | 15:46
Egads. I'm training for my first marathon, and you're running 5x that...

ultramarathons make my brain hurt. and then I want a hug.

good luck, omiewise.
posted by dreamsign 18 June | 00:28
Good god, there's a 69 year old running. There's at least a dozen over the age of 60. Mad.
OmieWise is #341.
posted by peacay 18 June | 13:32
The vast majority of ultra-marathoners are senior citizens, peacay. I've always thought of it as an old man's sport because of that.

Interestingly, you rarely see top marathon runners in their teens or even twenties. Marathons seems to be an adult's game, ultramarathon's an older person's game. What is it? Determination to train? Persistance to finish?
posted by dreamsign 18 June | 13:54
Yeah, I think you're right. I remember we had a really famous old dude here in Oz that did some outrageous runs...Sydney to Melbourne or whatever.
I didn't really look for them but I don't recall seeing hardly any 20-somethings in the list. Maybe they're scared they won't make it to the ripe old age.
I just see 69 years and 100 miles and think heart attack - but I suspect they have less risk factors than the majority of us.
Good on 'em. I'll watch from here. *rolls another cig*
posted by peacay 18 June | 14:21
Bah, 100 miles? That's nothing! How about running 8,316 miles around Australia to set a new record at the age of 75? Cliff Young is, I think, the guy peacay is referring to - he died in 2003.
posted by dg 19 June | 01:52
Oh, um, good luck to you omniewise and I hope you reach your goal.
posted by dg 19 June | 01:53
Yeah! Yeah, that's him. I was sure I saw him in an advert recently. Insane bastard! Heh. Actually, he was alright -- a good kind of inspiration I guess.
30 pairs of shoes for a run. The mind boggles.
posted by peacay 19 June | 03:59
rah rah rah! and best of luck omiewise. Nutter!
posted by dabitch 19 June | 04:49
Well, I tried: I failed. I was injured, as I said, and I had to pull out at 25 miles. It was good I posted this, though, because it kept me going through the earlier periods of pain to think of all the people I had told.

Anyway, I'd run 100 miles before, just not in such tough terrain. I'm gonna go back there, though, and I'm gonna finish.
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