24 hours, 181kmApril 1, 2008 8:06 am home, running
This is what a man who has run 181km in 24 hours looks like.
My friend, Stéphane Viossat, with whom I run in our club the AAAL, participated in the “24 heures de Saint Fons” this weekend, along with several other members of the club. Stéphane set himself a target of 180km, and with 20 minutes left he got there. He walked another lap just to be sure, and at 181.131km, sat down to savour the last couple of minutes of the day.
He had to go to the hospital afterwards to have two toe-nails removed and some nasty blisters disinfected.
I had the honour of running 5km with him between 101 and 106km around 11pm, after 13 hours running, when muscles started to tense and tiredness starts to set in. I hope I helped him through a tough moment.
I am in awe of achievements like this.