Addicted to Running – Karnazes Finally becomes A True Multiday Runner

Posted on Dean Karnazes Blog:

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

DAY 53
Miles:To be determined
Weather: 56 degrees, rain

Today is the most liberating, terrifying, exciting, and confusing day of my life. I am walking out of a hotel room in New York City, and running west. Why west? Because that is the direction of my house in San Francisco. Yes, I am running home from the New York City Marathon, the final marathon of the Endurance 50, across the country back to my house.

What is my plan? I really don’t have one. There is no script here. It will be kind of like reality TV, only this is not TV. I’m not sure of the route I’ll follow, I’m not sure where I’ll stay, I’m not sure how long it will take. All I know is that my heart is telling me this is the right thing to do.

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Predictable really. This is how the Day 51 post starts:

Weather: 60 degrees, dryToday was the first day in fifty days that I didn’t start the morning with a marathon. It didn’t feel very good. I was stiff by midmorning, and really feeling tight by afternoon. My body almost seems to have adapted to running everyday, and not running is the foreign state. The solution, go running.

Also on Day 53 Dean says:

“The Endurance 50 was more of a spiritual journey than a running event. None of us had ever anticipated this would be the case. “

By Day 42 Dean already had an inkling he was addicted – a total junkie:

“As we sat around eating birthday cake at the finish line, many people asked me what I’m going to do42_florida_iv after the Endurance 50 is over? I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but if I make it to fifty and am having this much fun, why stop? I’ll be officially unemployed, in the best shape of my life, with plenty of time on my hands, so why not just keep going? Until that point, I’m going to continue taking it one step at a time. But if I reach the finish on November 5th in New York City, who knows, the Endurance 50 might become more than that. “

Life is the road.

Unable to stop running, Dean has now commenced a trans-continental run From East coast to West coast. Follow this evolving story as we await true mystical experience and realisation on Endurance Is

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