Running to catch up with the world's fittest man

I still haven’t read the couch to 5k plan I linked to over two years ago, but someone else did take turning 30 seriously: Dean Karnazes. At the age of 30 on a night out with the lads he decided to run 30 miles. He had no special training, but he says, “and I just got this feeling. When the clock struck midnight I told them I was going to run 30 miles. I guess I was having an early midlife crisis.”

Dean hasn’t stopped since, he runs 70-80 miles a week and at the age of 43 has just completed 50 marathons in 50 days! Read about his story written by a gasping Jeremy Taylor who struggled to keep up with him on his 23rd race.

I turn 31 in a few days time, I think I might manage walking home from Blarney village a mile away, with a following wind.

Humour In the news

We’re Hoff and running


John Arlidge of The Sunday Times interviews David Hasselhoff. The Hoff is traveling around Europe to publicize his new single, “Jump In My Car”. Have you heard it yet? It was played off the radio by pleading texts from listeners and laughter from DJs. The interview makes for a great read, he’s so full of himself it’s funny!

“What is Jump In My Car, my latest single out this month, really about?” he asks unprompted. Without pausing he answers his own question. “Essentially, it’s about driving along trying to get girls to jump in my car.”

Is that something he knows a lot about, I ask. He nods.

Just what does the star of Knight Rider and Baywatch get up to in his car these days? You’ll have to read this entertaining interview to find out!
Photo by Dwane Senior

In the news

Sunday Times – stories and articles

From last week’s Sunday Times:

  • Sig Hansen – fisherman and skipper on the Berring Sea, one of the deadliest jobs in the world.
  • The pen is mightier – how a pen saved the astronauts of Apollo 11 on the Moon!
  • Sin cities – Britains’s inner city streets are awash with guns. Here’s the story how one minor incident ended up with the deaths of many and cost the police £5m to resolve.
  • American royalty – What was it like to grow up surrounded by the Kennedy family? Christopher Keddy Lawford tell us. Part 2 was published this week.
In the news

Muslims in the Western World

Two articles from last week’s Sunday Times explore the differences between two Muslim communities – one in Britain and the other in the USA. Guess which one integrates better with their respective society?


Buying a car?

The Sunday Times offers advice on the deals being offered by the big brands, and runs through some of the tricks salesmen use to sell you that dream car!


Relationships: Speed up, dear or you'll run out of testosterone

While on the general topic of cars, here’s a laughable Sunday Times article from the Driving section. Do they think their readership is composed of car mad neanderthal, testoserone overflowing males?
I for one would love to be driven around, by anyone.

Passion in a marriage can be killed when a woman gives too many driving instructions to a man. And when women are driving men around all the time you can bet that couple are not having much sex any more – that behaviour doesn’t foster increasing testosterone, which is part of the attraction between a man and a woman.

In the news Travel

The Sunday Times – Online

Colm on #linux pointed at an article I had previously read in the Sunday Times which had reminded me of my own unfortunate troubles with the US immigration just over a year ago.
That reminded me that I should look for the Sunday Times website which I did, and it redirects to the most recent edition. Great reading there, especially their D-Day coverage.
Here’s the article about that Brother Columbanus I mentioned yesterday. (Unfortunately you have to register to view that content!)