So imagine you are trapped in a collapsed mineral mine in Chile. And for the sake of argument let’s say you are trapped there for about 69 days until the folks above ground can drill an escape hole to get you and your 32 fellow miners out from the bowels of the earth. What would you do? More importantly, what did Edison Pena do? Well, Edison Pena trained for a marathon. Oh yes he did!
In the dark of the mine he ran 3-6 miles daily, his work boots cut down to resemble low top sneakers. He would run once sometimes twice a day. He used this as a means of escape and to cope with the dire situation he and his fellow miners were in. The NY Road Runners club heard about his story and invited him to attend this weekend’s ING New York City Marathon but Mr. Pena asked to run it instead. And so on November 7th he will toe the line with about 43,000 runners and tackle the streets and boroughs of NYC. (To read the full story, click here.)
Now, I don’t know if running would be on my to do list were I to be trapped 700m underground. But I have to say that if Edison Pena can run 3-6 miles in a collapsed mine shaft, than none of us has a valid excuse for not braving the treadmill or trail a few times a week.
Now go run!