Why We Run

Monday, May 23, 2011

Robin Harvie talks about how a casual running hobby turned into a 120-miles-a-week obsession. In The Lure of Long Distances: Why We Run he explains how he became an ultra-long-distance runner, and his plans to run the oldest and toughest footrace on earth: the Spartathlon from Athens to Sparta.


Robin Harvie

Comments [5]

TheMayoress from NYC

@SoupyGirl - that's not what I heard them say - the idea is that ultras don't bring a prize purse so if you're a professional marathoner, it's not worth the toil on your body to undermine your income producing races by doing an ultra. Ultras are for seeing if you can do them, not money or even fame in the running community since it's such a small subset.

@antonio - sign up for a half marathon and start building your mileage with long runs once a week. Believe you can do it - sounds trite but it's largely mental; your brain has to get their before your body does.

May. 23 2011 01:40 PM

So people from poor countries should just run for the glory of a wreath and singing their national anthem? Please, there's a comment from a person who has a lot more choices than others!

May. 23 2011 01:24 PM
antonio from bayside

I run around 5 miles 4x's a week. I want to turn it up a notch. Am I ready? Or what pushes one from someone in my class to the one of our guest? PLEASE EXPLAIN! :)

May. 23 2011 01:22 PM
Marcelo from Park Slope

The one who said "because it's there" about Everest, was George Mallory, not Edmund Hillary

May. 23 2011 01:20 PM
TheMayoress from NYC

I cannot wait to read this book - ultrarunners are my heroes - the most accomplished athletes with very little glory. Amazing. Inspiring guest - thank you!

May. 23 2011 01:14 PM

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