The runner’s elixir

The Gauls go to battle against the hapless Romans after downing a swig of magic potion prepared by their druid Getafix. It doesn’t matter how heavily armed the Romans are or whether they got recent reinforcements from the nearby camp of Laudanum. They always get bashed to nothingness – sandals on the ground, Roman soldiers …

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If running or cycling is your sport… double up

In my last 5 years of increasingly regular marathon running, my consumption of running legends lore has been surprisingly minimal. After all, how many sports can one follow? Besides cricket, tennis, squash, and golf i.e. And where’s the written rule that states one shalt follow the sport that thy playeth? The above is just an elaborate …

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Running with Padmapada

In Walking on Fire, I wrote about breaching my first major barrier in barefoot running. The second inflection in my barefoot running adventures occurred on Jun 21. I call this my “Padmapada moment” and you’ll soon see why. But first this story of Adi Shankara’s most famous disciple. Adi Shankara was traveling and they set up camp at …

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Forgiveness of the ultra distance

In a sprint, if you don’t have perfect form, you’re doomed. The ultra distance forgives injury, fatigue, bad form, and illness. A bear with determination will defeat a dreamy gazelle every time. I can’t count the number of times people have said, “I can’t believe he beat me.” Distance strips you bare. So what if …

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