Run a marathon with no training - BBC
(Warning: contains references to Jedward.)
I'm so tempted to reply "yeah, right. Now prove it"
Impossible to retrospectively prove that they did no training, so I'm going with they're talking out of their collective ar$es.
And the other two start with they completed it on no training, only to backtrack from there, they were in good conditiona nd regular runners - a different thing from literally no training.
Its more impressive to train and complete it to the best of your ability than the scrape round on minimal effort.
It has been known for a long time that they used to be club runners. You can tell from their legs that they still run, but maybe not to the same degree.
I've done a marathon on no specific marathon training and would be likely to make the throw away comment that I hadn't trained for it. The media have chosen to interpret that from the point of view of a non-runner rather than a runner. Easy mistake to make, but Jedward have been in the limelight long enough to know better than to make ambiguous comments to the media.
Is James B, London, down in the comments , trolling?
If people think you can genuinely *run* a marathon (sub 2:45)
I'm back to being a jogger again...
I reckon they should be encouraged to enter on minimal, if any training. They'll be sufficiently wrecked afterwards to scupper their chances in Eurovision, clearing the way for our very own septuagenerian.
Ah, Eurovision, now that's an event that requires training.
I and plenty of my clubmates have run sub-3:30 marathons entering last minute, and if I had to do one tomorrow I think I could do that reasonably easily. That's not specific training and it's "on a whim", but it's not quite the "I've never run before" that the story suggests as we all tend to keep ourselves quite fit.
Even more generally, if you look at what people are obliged to do in wartime or emergencies or indeed to fetch water daily in poor countries, it suddenly doesn't look so miraculous to be able to half-jog 26.2 miles along a flat, smooth road with unlimited water and food. It's something that any fit adult really should be able to do.
The Jedwards look pretty skinny to me and must be fairly fit, and if you've ever seen that video of one of them badly wrenching his knee on stage but continuing performing, you'll know that under that daft exterior there's some real toughness.
I'm amazed that their hair survived.
Actually, forget that. Mine tends to stand on end when it gets sweaty, even though it is flat the rest of the time. Who needs hair gel
I wasn't sure what a 'Jedward' was so I checked out the link provided. It told about two young men in strange outfits and unusual hairstyles who had apparently run a marathon without any training. It looks as though they were doing what my mother calls 'showing off' so they are probably publicity seekers. I could see no mention of their finish time.
I am sure it is possible to 'complete' a marathon with minimal or no training; there are plenty of finishers in 7 or 8 hours in London every year; which is walking pace. This opens the can of worms which is whether there should be a cut off time of say 5 or 6 hours. Beyond that it really isn't 'running' a marathon.
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