Eddie Izzard

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Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #043
  • Date: Wednesday March 17th  2010
  • Course: Calgary Bow River Pathways Marathon
  • Run time: 5hr 56min 46sec (See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 104 BPM
  • Temperature C: -5C
  • Distance covered to date: 1814.6km (1126.6m)
  • Equivalent Flight distance, Calgary to: WhaleCove, Nunavut, Canada
  • Total number of runners: 1

Eddie Izzard is one of my favourite comedians and now is one of my running inspirations. On July 27th 2009 Eddie started off on a four country tour of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. By the time he arrived back in Trafalger Square in London, on September 15th, he had completed 43 marathons in 51 days. He helped raise over $500,000 for Sport Relief, a group which helps vunerable people in the UK and some of the poorest countries around the world. Eddie is now preparing to participate in his first Ironman Triathlon, as he puts it "I have become fascinated with fitness because there's no point in throwing away all that training". Great stuff.

My 43 marathons have taken me 76 days and it's still only March 17th! Today I headed back into Calgary to tackle the pathways. I wanted to explore northwards, along the Nose Creek paths and see if I could establish an out and back from the Shouldice Pool. The ankle was feeling a little fragile, so I popped a couple of Advil and started tentatively along the paths. The weather's been excellent the last two weeks. The only problem is that it still starts off cool but then quickly warms up. So, after 20 mins, I stripped off the tights and shirt then stowed them away in the back pack. The Nose Creek route worked well and at the 21km mark found a Quailty Inn. I grabbed a bowl of soup and headed on home.

Dr. Randolph Randolph's Book of Animal Jokes

  • Q. What do you get when you cross a parrot with a centipede?
  • A. Walkie talkie!

Quote of the Day

"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise."

P.Z. Pearce

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