Outpost of the Odd

The Question No One Is Asking

Why are marathon runners putting in their pouches small potatoes that they have roasted ahead of time and eat them along the way as they are running the marathon?

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - March 20, 2017 at 11:08

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Shape Up Or Sheep Out

Need to cross-train but a gym workout doesn’t appeal to you? Try shearing sheep.

According to a study undertaken by the University of Western Australia‚ shearing sheep is one of the most physically demanding activities. “Shearers are super-athletes‚” says team manager and trainer Izak Klopper of the South African Sheep Shearing Federation. “A study found that fluid losses‚ for example‚ compared to that of top marathon runners, and calorie expenditure, was higher than that of rugby players — and rugby only lasts for a couple of hours a couple of times a week. Sheep shearers work up to 10 hours a day‚ seven days a week.”

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - March 3, 2017 at 13:14

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This Week’s Running Hazard

Booby traps.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - February 22, 2017 at 13:43

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Problem and Solution

If you get lost in the fog, like these two runners, you can find your way home again with the Sygna T-shirt.

The Sygna T-shirt has all the capacities of a traditional wearable fitness tracker: it can measure steps taken, floors climbed and calories burnt, but it can also tell you which road to follow to get home. To enable the smart features, users first have to download a companion app and set the desired destination. The vibrations from a built-in vibration sensor located on each shoulder lets the runner know which turn to take.

Also useful for finding the nearest donut shop after your 8th mile or so.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - February 21, 2017 at 12:59

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At Least It Wasn’t a Hulk Attack

Aengus Meldon appeared headed for victory out of the final turn of the 800 meters at the Irish Universities Athletics Association championship. Unfortunately a nearby pole vaulter at that exact moment pulled down an elastic crossbar used for training. Here’s the video of what happened next.

The announcer labeled it a “Spiderman attack,” solidifying the indisputable truth that we should always watch Irish Universities Athletics Association events and enshrine their announcers in the Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - February 14, 2017 at 11:54

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The Latest Running Hazard

Potatoes.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - January 26, 2017 at 10:03

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One More Thing to Worry About While Running

Sea lettuce.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - January 12, 2017 at 09:57

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