Edison Pena - The Underground Runner

Posted by martin.parnell |

Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #190
  • Date: Wednesday Oct 13th 2010
  • Donations to date: $97,872.50
  • Course: Cochrane Town Marathon
  • Run time: 6hr 21min 39sec (See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 92 BPM
  • Temperature C: 7C
  • Distance covered to date: 8,018.0km (4,977.0ml)
  • Equivalent Flight distance, Calgary to: Gibraltor, Gibraltor
  • Total number of runners: 1

Tough day. The RX8 Pace Car has gone to the Emergency Ward at Stoney Trail Mazda. It is in the capable hands of Dr. Brian so I'm expecting a full recovery. This dictated that I would be on the roads and pathways of Cochrane. I decided to do a little exploring and headed up to Wine Glass Ranch. Normally, I turn back at the T intersection, just beyond the ranch entrance, but today I turned right into the unknown (note to self: take a map next time). After 10km I didn't have a clue where I was so I asked a women in a pick-up truck. She said I was heading toward Banff, 70kms away. Not Good. I turned around and headed back into town. I had no energy so I did the only logical thing, went to Tim Hortons. I had a coffee and a Dutchie. Instant suger rush. Put six of those on your fuel belt and you won't hit the wall in a marathon.

I had a bit of a surprise this evening. I was checking the Boston Marathon qualifying times and spotted that for the age group 55-60 the time is 3hr 45min. I'll be 55 this year so my 3hr 43min 43sec gets me into next year's race. Yippee!!!!!

Over the last month, Sue and I have been following the rescue of the 33 miners at the San Jose mine in Chile. In the early 80's I worked at the Con Gold mine in Yellowknife, NWT. The operations were a mile underground and when it was -30C on surface it was +30c at the 5,000 foot level. I was interested to learn that one of the miners, Edison Pena, had been running 10km a day. This is a huge challenge underground for a number of reasons. Heat is probably the major factor. Temperatures were reported to be +35C. Other factors include air quality, his running route which would probably include ramps, foot wear and lighting. An hour ago, we watched as he was hoisted to surface. Now he can finally do a 10km in the fresh air.

Dr Randolph Randolph's book of animal jokes

Q: Why do gorillas have big nostrils?
A: Because they have big fingers!

Quote of the Day

"Life's #1 Golden Rule - Keep breathing."

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190 marathons completed.................19 pairs of shoes

190 Shoes

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