Archive for February, 2007

Running the Sahara

February 21, 2007

I used to think that the Badwater Ultramarathon was the hardest run one could attempt. And then, today I came across this attempt to run coast-to-coast across the Sahara. Three people ran the 4700 miles in 111 days, running 98% of the way. Just looking at the map is mind-boggling to me. While fitness and endurance are clearly some important issues, there are a lot of operational issues caused by that constant running. For instance, the clothes you wear are constantly rubbing against your skin. The skin on the upper side of your feet are constantly rubbing against your shoes. A lot of care and consideration must go into these tiny details in order for the runners to concentrate solely on the running. There is a movie being made, which will be narrated by Matt Damon. Can’t wait for it to be completed.


Take Two! Action!

February 19, 2007

Wow. It’s nice to be back on the ether. One thing I learned from my previous attempt at maintaining a blog, is to never host it at your home. With the upload speeds we get with conumer broadband, it is just not feasible to host any non-text stuff in your blog. And the operational issues of keeping the box up and running are quite a headache too. I am going to keep my fingers crossed on how this hosted attempt is going to work out.