The Stotan Code

[Editor’s Note: Unfinished blog post #77 in my Drafts folder is Scott Jurek’s “Influences and Reading List”. The most interesting character in that list is Percy Cerutty, pronounced “just like ‘sincerity,’ without the sin”. Cerutty came up with the Stotan Code. Seriously inspiring and a heady cocktail of Hatha yoga, Vedanta, and crazy ultra runner.] …

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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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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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