After agreeing to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days, Dean Karnazes immediately thought, ‘what have I done?’ By committing to take on this seemingly insurmountable task, Karnazes knew that he would be held accountable by many people, including not only sponsors, but more importantly, Karnazes felt, fellow runners.
The quest began on September 17, 2006 with Karnazes completing the Lewis and Clark Marathon in St. Louis, Missouri and concluded with the ING New York Marathon on November 6th. In his final marathon of the journey, Karnazes ran an astonishing 3:00:30.
Recently, Karnazes was in Southern California for an appearance in conjunction with Dick’s Sporting Goods National Runners’ Month. As one of the ambassadors for the initiative, Karnazes ran a short route with a select group of runners. After the run, he spoke about his experiences, answered questions, signed autographs, and took pictures with runners and fans.
Karnazes thinks that his feat of running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days just proves that we can do more than we think we can.
He talked about finishing the quest in New York where his goal was to run faster than celebrity runner, P. Diddy, who had completed the marathon a few years earlier. Not only did he succeed, Karnazes ran over an hour faster than the singer.
Speaking about his long-distance mileage and nutrition, Karnazes related a story about his favorite way to eat on the run. He says that he keeps Round Table Pizza on speed dial. Then he calls them and gives them the intersection where he will be in thirty minutes. He revealed that the secret to eating pizza ‘on the run’ is to ask the restaurant to NOT cut the pizza into slices. That way the pizza can be rolled into a big type of ‘burrito’ and eaten on the go.
When asked about recovery, Karnazes offered these tips: after long runs, be sure to take in plenty of liquids, soak in an ice bath (if you can handle it!) and just keep moving. The day after a long run, he advises, run at least a few miles to keep muscles moving and lactate acid build-up at bay.
In his final remarks, Karnazes revealed his thoughts on his next adventure. He is considering running a marathon in every country. At present, the number of countries in the world is about 200.
Wow! That’s quite an undertaking. But, if anyone can do, it seems that Karnazes can.
So, we’ll wait and see what happens next. But this you can bank on, if it involves Dean Karnazes, it’s sure to be more than just an exciting adventure. It’s sure to prove, once again, that we can do more than we think we can.
On a personal note, I was very excited to be asked to run with Karnazes. He was so friendly and personable it’s been almost hard to refer to him by his last name throughout this article (and I only did it as it’s sort of a journalistic rule). He’s really a ‘first name’ kind of guy. He’s Dean to everyone he meets. He took ample time to talk to everyone who attended the event and showed that even with all his achievements, he’s just a giy who likes running…..like the rest of us.
And as a sort of tribute to Dean, on a recent Saturday night after my 17 mile run that morning, I ordered a pizza. I didn’t eat it on the run, but I thought, ‘if Dean says this is ok to eat, then it must be’.
Karnazes has written two books that are available at www.amazon.com and through other book sellers. They are “Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner” and “50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days – And How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance!”
The DVD chronicling the 50/50 quest is available through Karnazes’ website at: http://www.ultramarathonman.com/flash/
To follow Dean Karnazes on Facebook, please go to: http://www.facebook.com/#!/DeanKarnazes?ref=ts
To read Dean Karnazes blog, via Runner’s World, please go to: http://dean.runnersworld.com/
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