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PUSH IT REAL GOOD

Greater Long Island Running Club

A 1:18 half marathon is a great time by any standards – but imagine doing it while pushing two toddlers in a running buggy. That’s exactly what Chris Solarz did at the Suffolk County Half Marathon in New York last month. The 38-yearold pushed his two children – Sebastien, 4, and Sophie, 2 – at 5:57min/mile pace, setting a new world record for the fastest half marathon while pushing a two-person stroller. Solarz is no stranger to world records, having previously set high watermarks for most amount of miles run on a treadmill in 12 hours (77) and fastest marathon as a linked team of five (2:53:24). He’s now started to search for three-person running buggies to accommodate the latest addition to his family, four-month-old Genevieve. Watch this space… glirc.org

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We all think we’re giving 100% in races. But watching some elite athletes, their faces contorted in late-race agony, I can’t help but ask myself: how hard am I really trying? In Matt Fitzgerald’s How Bad Do You Want It? – a brilliant book with a toe-curlingly bad title – he writes about our ‘unreachable physical limit’. That’s not to say we are all super-athletes of unlimited potential. Quite the opposite: we are all wimps unwilling to break free from our mind-forged manacles. It is not the body that slows us down, but the brain. The bravest athletes – the Prefontaines, Radcliffes and Brownlees – get closer to their physical limit than most. The rest of us? My guess is that we rarely realise more than 80% of our physical potential. Yet we can, with consistent training and iron-willed determination, walk a little further along those hot coals. Perhaps not as far as Radcliffe or Brownlee, but further than we’ve ever gone before. It’s a theme that David Smyth explores further in the month’s ‘Suffer club’ article on page 60, speaking with some of these athletes about how they’re able to push themselves to their very limits. So next time you find yourself in a race, telling yourself the same old lie that you’re trying your hardest, be brave and ask yourself honestly: can I give more? The answer is, inevitably, yes.
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