Posts Tagged ‘Gracie’

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What do distance runners know about upper body strength? That’s right, very bloody little… up until now.

Inspired by an idea aired on the MarathonTalk podcast , three of us decided to give it a go.

The premise is this: You do three sets of press-ups each day, starting with 1 per set, i.e. 3×1 and increasing each set by 1 press-up each day. So, day 2 is 3×2, day 3 is 3×3, day 4 is 3×4 and so on until, after 100 days, you reach 3×100.

The idea is that Joe Average couldn’t drop to the floor and produce 3 x 100 press-ups at the drop of a hat (sorry) but that he could if he followed this simple incremental process, thereby proving – in practice – the “training” principle.

That’s the theory.

Turns out I’m a wimp, and I didn’t make it past 3 x 21. (I conjured up a watered down version of the plan, suitable for lesser athletes, which worked well in my case – I dropped the 3 sets down to 1 set. But that’s not what this is about).

This is about Niceguy Eddie and Gracie, who both stuck to the task and pressed their way all the way to 3 x 100.

I filmed the culmination of the challenge. For your viewing pleasure, a badly edited version of said video footage is below.

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more Haile

Every now and then I get to showcase some actual talent on this blog.

Today is such an occassion.

Below is a sketch of Haile Gebrselassie by one of my clubmates. Fellow distance idiot, Gracie. Aka Graceballs, The Artist Formerly Known As Axl, or indeed, Mark. 

Gracie’s tribute to the great man.

Gracie is happy to take requests for other portraits. The only pre-requisite is a 2:03 marathon or a 26-minute 10k. Your choice.

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