One of the few things I'm proud of myself for is turning myself from an unfit
slob bachelor into a somewhat fit slob bachelor by adopting a (at times) fairly rigorous running schedule. By rigorous I mean relative to the average person and not relative to insane people like this guy and these people. This sort of comparison always annoys me though:
Some of the best endurance athletes in the world traveled to Tennessee to test themselves against the hardest course in ultramarathon running: a cumulative elevation almost equal to two climbs up Mount Everest.
Ok. I agree that the supermarathoners are incredibly impressive. But what they are attempting is in almost no way comparable to the physical demands and risks involved in climbing Mount Everest, which comes with attendant deep crevice dangers and actual (not just "cumulative") elevation issues. Those people need oxygen tanks.
I, to my best calculation, have run the equivalent of about one round trip across the country and probably several cumulative scalings of Everest. This, of course, sounds impressive, but tells you absolutely nothing about the actual intensity of my exercise routines.