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|Subject: ||RE: If you felt no pain would that make you the best runner in the world?|
Just like Tony Reavis in the Quote of the Day below, you don't get it. It is physiology and biology. To be a world class distance runner you must have the genetics first, then good mechanics, then you can train to be world class. Being impervious to pain does not change those factors.
BTW: Ugali, the Kenyan staple food is nutritionally weak compared to 1st world foods so it ain't the food.
"Take away that they have grown up at an altitude higher than the New York Yankees salary cap, and cut through the air like double-edged blades, and a simple reason the Kenyans and Ethiopians kick everyone's butt in distance running is, well, what are their options? ... And that just might be the corollary to why America has never produced very many world-class distance runners. We produce world-class most everything else. Something's gotta give."
"Besides, a post-industrial society is not running's ideal seed bed. Instead, as the numbers attest, running is much better suited there for general health, solace and contemplation. While an agrarian society, especially one formed in high plateaus, represents running’s most fecund topsoil."
"You spend a few hours a day tending the animals and crops, walking along high-country dirt roads for transportation, eating fresh, unpolluted food, and dreaming big dreams in the black night air of winning thousands of life-transforming dollars at races in far flung capitals - like every fourth guy in the village seems to have done - and maybe running tops your to-do list tomorrow, too. By the same token, find yourself drowning in a pool of debt after eight hours scouring mortgage refi offers before scarfing down a stuffed-crust pizza, and your chances of feeding oxygen to working leg muscles at high speed just might deteriorate a tad."
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