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By Scott Ludwig

The Badwater Ultramarathon is usually often called ?the hardest footrace at the planet.? In 2003, protecting champion Pam Reed, Dean Karnazes and seventy one different runners took the final word problem of operating a hundred thirty five miles in California from Badwater to the portals of Mount Whitney. Their trip might take them during the antagonistic atmosphere of demise Valley and topic them to temperatures rating one of the optimum ever recorded in the world. Twenty-five runners inform in their adventures in arguably absolutely the hardest of ?the hardest footrace on the earth? - the great, the undesirable and definite, the grotesque - during this wonderful and engaging compilation. you're guaranteed to achieve a recognize for the runners you'll meet and maybe a good larger admire for the realm often called loss of life Valley. The runners - who skilled warmth exhaustion, dehydration, nausea, blisters, hallucinations, and fatigue in the course of the race - competed in temperatures actually ?a few levels from hell.?

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It did interfere several times. Mostly, though, we were able to work around it. It was originally scheduled to air before the race, so they were only going to show my training, but the airdate of the show kept being postponed. Eventually, it was put off long enough that it became possible to include the race itself. I suggested that to them, and their boss gave the approval. The segment, which was originally scheduled to be just 2 ½ minutes of the show was extended to 4 ½, which they thought was huge, and eventually became the piece of the show the producers submitted for Emmy consideration.

I’ll have to give him credit, though: After running with him for ten years I wasn’t running anywhere near the fast times he had been running ten years earlier – back when he was my age. Asking Al if he would crew for me at Badwater was (yes, I’m going to use the phrase one more time) a no-brainer. He eagerly accepted and we both decided we needed to focus on increasing our mileage and getting acclimated to the conditions we would face in the desert. We increased our mileage, occasionally putting in 30 or 35 miles on Sunday.

It’s not just that lots of people contradicted each other; I found most people also contradicted themselves. Right or wrong, I was left with the impression that no one really knew exactly what worked but they knew that once upon a time something had worked, so they threw everything at me they had done at the time. Buried in among the myths and superstition was the real factor, but no one really seemed to be quite sure what it was, and even if they were, it was tough to sort out of all the disparate opinions I received.

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