Uncle USA runs 4,000 kilometers with his toes bare for 3 days without supplies breaking the race record

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 Uncle USA runs 4,000 kilometers with his toes bare for 3 days without supplies breaking the race record


Winning a marathon in sandals is not a new thing, but where is the limit of sandals on the runway? An American Superhorse champion gave the answer - at least 4,300 kilometers.

These days, 45-year-old Greg Armstrong has shocked the entire American running circle. This is not only because he completed the terrible Tennessee 500 km in three days, 14 hours, 11 minutes and 31 seconds without any official assistance, which set a new record for the event.

More importantly, the boots that accompanied him through the cruelty race were sandals.

Greg Armstrongs favorite sandals.

Dressed in sandals and set an amazing record like a vagrant

Armstrongs amazing performance in sandals is one of the highlights of the event.

This is what Gary Cantrell, founder of 500 km in Tennessee, said after Armstrong set a new record for the event. Canterell is a well-known figure in American running circle. The Barkley Marathons, which he founded, is recognized as the third most abusive race in the world by runners all over the world.

Over the years, Canterell rarely publicly praised the Superhorse runner, but this time, he gave the praise to Armstrong with no rhetoric.

The 45-year-old superhorse runner deserves such praise.

It took three days, 14 hours, 11 minutes and 31 seconds. Without any official supplies or assistance, Armstrong finished the 500-kilometer race in a pair of sandals, rewriting the record of the insecure group.

In fact, the simple word insecurity does not reflect how difficult the game is - from the start of the race, all the players in the insecurity group can not take the official bus to get to the starting point; and then throughout the race, they can not get official supplies.

You know, in Tennessee, where the terrain is complex and the mountains are overlapping, its easy to get lost on the country roads if youre not careful, not to mention that the routes of the race are not all flat roads.

For the last 24 hours, I had only one person on the road. Armstrong recalled his loneliness in an interview with the American media Runners World. In this way, he wore a pair of sandals, carrying about 15 kilograms of supplies, all the way to run, his clothes were soaked with sweat, he took off for a change...

At a few moments, when I was tired enough to find a place to take a nap, I fell asleep on the side of the road in the town. I remember that when people passed me around, they were like looking at a tramp.

Armstrong overcame many difficulties.

Eight pairs of sandals broke in less than a year

When Armstrong finished the game, he did not realize that his sandals were more popular than his achievements.

Running in sandals is already the most common thing for him. Six years ago, when he first put on those Teva Tanza sandals for exercise, he fell in love with that wonderful feeling.

For six years, as a high school biology teacher in Tennessee, he has been wearing this favorite sandal, whether running from home to school or arranging running training in his spare time.

Armstrongs training is not small. He has been running about 200 kilometers a week since a few years ago, and before abusive events like 500 kilometers in Tennessee or Bad Water Super Marathon, he has to increase his monthly running to about 950 kilometers.

But during each long-distance training, he wore these sandals.

In October last year, when he learned that Teva Tanza sandals were about to be discontinued, he bought eight pairs online at one time. By July this year, when he crossed the finish line wearing the sandals, it was the last pair. Before that, the last pair of boots had run about 4345 kilometers with him.

Many people cant understand Armstrongs alternative equipment choices, but he understates that running with it keeps my feet dry and sweats quickly.

Everyone thinks that wearing sandals to run a marathon can cause serious foot rubbing, but my feet dont get blisters at all. Its just a slight abrasion near my big toe.

Interestingly, the American Sandal Brother also attracted the attention of the American Foot Medical Association (APMA). Dr. Alan Bass studied the sandals and gave his medical advice. Armstrong is definitely a special case. 99% of runners feel uncomfortable running in sandals.

Indeed, Armstrong had been running in sandals for six years without major injuries or even blisters on his feet...

Greg Armstrong is in daily training.

Hes going to keep running with his toes bare.

In fact, this is the second time that Armstrong has chosen the insecure group in the process of participating in the 500 km of Tennessee five times.

A year ago, he came to the competition confidently wearing sandals and was aiming to break the record, but he didnt stick to it in the end.

At that time, he was already the champion of this event, because when he participated in the guaranteed group in 2014, his results reached the top three in the history of the event, and then in 2016, he set a new record for the guaranteed group.

So, he was full of fighting spirit, before the game, he said boldly that his name should be engraved on the record book of the guaranteed group.

Unfortunately, Armstrong, who was too confident, did not make enough mental preparations. At 172 kilometers after the start, he fell and gave up the race.

I dont give up because Im physically injured. Im just afraid of facing such a failure. Armstrong admitted that the withdrawal was a great blow to him. But instead of immersing himself in the pain of failure, he chose to learn from it and make better preparations.

This experience was his greatest achievement in the competition.

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I chose to stand up again and do what I should do. I began to try to analyze the reasons for the failure and avoid similar things. I felt that my biggest failure was to forget to enjoy the game itself. I was too persistent in winning or losing.

Because of this, he changed the training plan, adjusted the monthly training volume, and began to prepare one year ahead of schedule... The only thing that remains unchanged is the sandals under his feet.

In this way, he broke the record by wearing his last pair of beloved sandals. At the end of the competition, he was also ready to retire the sandals that accompanied him for more than 4,000 kilometers.

However, instead of abandoning the habit of running in sandals, he was prepared to find a suitable substitute.

In his own words, he has become accustomed to such an alternative life of running. The students of the school have to watch when I wear sandals and socks to determine whether the weather has cooled down.