As I’m still easing back into my mileage from the June badness, I decided to throw some random bits of trivia your way — and mine.
In no particular order, here we go:
- The fastest recorded mile for a human (yes, it was a guy) is 3:43.13. Hicham El Guerrouj of Morrocco achieved this record on July 7, 1999.
- The fastest recorded mile for a female is 4:12.56, which was run by Svetlana Masterkova of Russia on Aug. 14, 1996.
- The oldest person to complete a marathon was Fauja Singh at age 100. He ran it in 8 hours 25 minutes and 8 seconds. He started running marathons in his late 80s. His motto: “Life is all about happiness and laughter.” He also said, “I am inspired by honest people who don’t cheat others. To me the famous are those who are kind to fellow human beings and dedicate their life to charity.” Sounds like an alright guy to me.
- When we run, the human heart creates enough blood pressure to squirt blood 30 feet.
- At regular points in the running cycle, both your feet are off the ground. This is your gait.
- The average cost of a pair of running shoes is currently about $100-110.
- The average exercise life of a running shoe is about 400 miles.
- The word “mile” comes from the Latin “mille,” meaning thousand. A mile was 1,000 Roman strides, a stride being two paces.
- The first Boston Marathon was held in 1897.
- In 1972, women were finally allowed to enter the Boston Marathon (1972!).
Running log below.