the primal unadorned simplicity of running appeals to me. Various games incorporate running, but only running itself touches the pure and basic essence of the tension between speed and endurance, stripped bare of our everyday world of technology, beliefs, and hype.
according to world expert running physiologist David Costill, “there is no doubt that a distance runner is at his best between the ages of 27–32 years.”
cooled muscles unload oxygen more slowly from the blood, reducing their capacity for high rates of power output. From a study of tiger beetles and the work I had done in the field in Africa, I knew cold beetles run much slower than hot ones, so I waited.
running, unlike weight events, involves relatively little restructuring of the body from what it is designed to do already, given the genetic raw material, proper nutrition, and a few simple instructions.