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Born: 1962-08-23
Profession: Athlete
Nation: American
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Running back-to-back races requires a certain tactical prudence. Going too hard in any one race might jeopardize your performance in another. Maintaining proper hydration and caloric equilibrium also becomes increasingly critical.

Tags: Another, Hard, Might

Running was a part of my hardwiring, and that's what I wanted to do. So this is what I tell people who talk about wanting to follow their passion. 'It doesn't have to be running. It can be basket weaving. Be the best basket weaver in the world. Throw your heart and soul into it.'

Tags: Best, Heart, Passion

The first thing I do when I walk into a hotel is find the gym, and if they don't have a gym, I start looking for a handhold where I can do my pull-ups. Sometimes if a shower curtain rod is sturdy enough, I'll do them there.

Tags: Enough, Sometimes, Start

There are so many things in life that divide us, that separate us and tear us apart, be it race, religion, creed, socioeconomic level, nationality or any variety of other factors. But running is something that we all share in common.

Tags: Common, Life, Religion

To an extreme athlete, there's a certain appeal to doing extreme things - seeking the most extreme physical challenges in some of the most extreme climates in the world. Testing and expanding the limits of human endurance is kind of my thing.

Tags: Endurance, Human, Physical

Toeing the starting line of a marathon, regardless of the language you speak, the God you worship or the color of your skin, we all stand as equal. Perhaps the world would be a better place if more people ran.

Tags: God, Place, Speak

Unlike running on a road or concrete, natural surfaces are more forgiving and offer a more varied terrain, ultimately resulting in less repetitive micro-trauma to bones and joints than running on hard pavement does.

Tags: Hard, Less, Road

Unlike the traditional athlete, I've got to do more than just engage in my sport to put food on the table. When I'm done running, it's straight to the office.

Tags: Done, Food, Put

When I was running across the country, I was doing 40 or 50 miles a day in sleeting snow with zero visibility for five or six days in a row. Ten to 12 hours of running in that is monotony beyond belief.

Tags: Country, Days, Snow

Yes, my dad's a marathoner. He used to do sprint distances and then started marathoning. My mom is an endurance animal. She does three-day events like the Susan G. Komen three-day walk.

Tags: Dad, Mom, She

A lot of ultramarathoners are soloists. They're single and live lives off the grid.

Tags: Lives, Off, Single

Any goal worth achieving involves an element of risk.

Tags: Goal, Risk, Worth

I do a lot of marathons as training runs. If I'm somewhere and there's a marathon, I'll sign up and just go run it.

Tags: Run, Sign, Training

I have my whole office set-up at waist level; I don't sit at all during the day. Sitting, to me, is the devil.

Tags: Devil, Office, Whole

I love surfing, rock climbing, cycling - all that stuff. But it's just amazing that I can inspire people with my running. It's humbling, really.

Tags: Amazing, Love, Rock

I love to run and I have some tips to keep it fresh and novel. I rarely use the same route twice. That keeps things new.

Tags: Keep, Love, Run

I think I have some of my clearest thoughts when I'm out running.

Tags: Running, Thoughts

I went to college, grad school. I got an M.B.A., had a really cush corporate job. But I was just bored stiff. I didn't fit that mold.

Tags: Bored, Job, School

If you just go out there and run 100 miles, it breaks down a lot of barriers in terms of self-imposed limitations.

Tags: Breaks, Miles, Run

Personally, I don't stretch, I don't get massages. Maybe massages would be useful, but I just don't have the time for it.

Tags: Maybe, Time, Useful

Running is a simple, primitive act, and therein lays its power. For it is one of the few commonalities left between us as a human race.

Tags: Human, Power, Simple

The human body has limitations. The human spirit is boundless.

Tags: Body, Human, Spirit

When I ran across America, for 75 days I ate 10,000 calories a day. I still lost about five pounds.

Tags: America, Days, Lost

Adventure books are my personal favorites. 'The Endurance,' a story about Ernest Shackleton's legendary Antarctica expedition, or 'Into Thin Air,' Jon Krakauer's personal account of the 1996 disaster on Mt Everest, are two notables.

Tags: Adventure, Personal, Story

Beyond racing, I just love the art form of running, of conceiving new ideas like the 50 Marathons in 50 States in 50 Days. It's the ultimate expression of what I love to do, which is run, and travel, and see this great country.

Tags: Art, Great, Love

During holiday parties when people used to ask me what I did for a living, I would tell them I sold resort timeshares. That was an effective conversational nonstarter, until I met someone that actually did sell resort timeshares.

Tags: Living, Someone, Tell

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I am always nervous before the start of a race. It helps me to say to myself to try my very best. That is my commitment. No matter how bad it gets, I will try my hardest.

Tags: Bad, Best, Try

I don't know about you, but all this modern technology that's supposed to save us time and effort has actually ended up making things more complicated in my life, eating up extra time.

Tags: Life, Technology, Time

I don't know if I'm so much fueled by trying to one-up myself so much as passionate about coming up with new and greater challenges. I don't see it as a contest, but as a natural progression.

Tags: Coming, Natural, Trying

I eat nothing that's processed or refined - no high-fructose corn syrup, no sugar, no trans-fats. I eat a lot of fish and monounsaturated fats from olives, olive oil and nuts. A lot of organic, fresh fruits and vegetables. No bread. No gluten. No wheat. No rice.

Tags: Eat, Fish, Fresh

I have an ElliptiGO. It's a standup bicycle. You don't pedal; you stride on it. It allows me to have the same striding motion as running without the impact.

Tags: Bicycle, Impact, Running

I run with a credit card and a cell phone, so when there is not a 7-Eleven around, like some of the country roads out there, I can get him to deliver a pizza to me. And I kind of give them a coordinate, a corner.

Tags: Country, Give, Him

I've raced on all seven continents at least twice. I've probably run thousands of races. But the single race that I'm most proud is a 10K. Yes, a 10K. I ran it with my daughter on her 10th birthday.

Tags: Birthday, Proud, Single

Many athletes are seeking new and novel ways of pushing their limits, and the challenge of running back-to-back races is certainly one way to test the boundaries.

Tags: Challenge, Test, Ways

Runners are competitive folks. I think some might feel slighted they haven't got more recognition. I think they have a point. In running, you won't necessarily get noticed just for turning in good performances.

Tags: Good, Might, Point