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Inspiration, motivation and justification of why we choose to move. When you need some drive to keep exercising, come here and drink deep!
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A Philosophy of Running

The presentation I gave at the Steve Moneghetti Training Camp in Dwellingup, Sat Feb 25th 2012.


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The 6am starts that drove Robert De Castella to sporting excellence

The 6am starts that drove Robert De Castella to sporting excellence | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
Robert de Castella wouldn't have been the athlete he was without his father.
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Meet the man living with Alzheimer’s who climbs the same mountain every day | Life and style | The Guardian

Meet the man living with Alzheimer’s who climbs the same mountain every day | Life and style | The Guardian | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
Sion Jair, 68, has climbed the Old Man of Coniston at least 5,000 times and the emerging science backs him up that regular, vigorous exercise is beneficial for those with the disease, says Tim Lewis

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Stacey Roche conquers mountain climb on 40th birthday

Stacey Roche conquers mountain climb on 40th birthday | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
Stacey Roche celebrates her 40th by walking up Mauao. Made with funding from NZ On Air.
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Ben Saunders: Why did I ski to the North Pole? | TED Talk

Ben Saunders: Why did I ski to the North Pole? | TED Talk | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
Arctic explorer Ben Saunders recounts his harrowing solo ski trek to the North Pole, complete with engaging anecdotes, gorgeous photos and never-before-seen video.
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I've liked this talk from Ben since it came out, the real value is the first minute to set the context and the last 3 minutes where he shares two very important messages.
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In the fight for her life, young professional runner isn't slowing down - Cancer

In the fight for her life, young professional runner isn't slowing down - Cancer | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it

In college, athlete Gabriele Grunewald was diagnosed with a rare cancer. Now enrolled in a clinical trial for an experimental treatment, she finds running to be an important part of her regimen.


"It is tough to talk about, but I think I have been very open with my situation from the beginning," Grunewald said. "I think being an athlete, and being a runner has definitely effected how I approached surviving cancer. It's a sense of, I grind through my training and my runs, and sometimes it's really hard. But there's always a light at the end of the tunnel, and sometimes it takes a while to get there.


"I take some of that attitude into surviving my cancer, and there are days that require so much endurance and patience and persistence that you have as a runner. There's some tough races that I've had to bounce back from, and tough workouts, and that's the same thing with my treatments. And setbacks in my disease, I still feel like there's a way for me to get through it."

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'In the water you’re weightless': the 99-year-old swimmer breaking world records

'In the water you’re weightless': the 99-year-old swimmer breaking world records | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
Queenslander George Corones remains humble after smashing two world records in four days
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Wendy Suzuki: The brain-changing benefits of exercise | TED Talk

Wendy Suzuki: The brain-changing benefits of exercise | TED Talk | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.

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Arthur Lydiard Commentating on New Zealand Athletics. PT. 1 - YouTube


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'We have lost a giant': athletics world hails Sir Roger Bannister | Sport | The Guardian

'We have lost a giant': athletics world hails Sir Roger Bannister | Sport | The Guardian | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
Sebastian Coe leads tributes to British athlete who was first to break the four-minute mile
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LeBron James, Laura Ingraham, and the Vocal NBA

LeBron James, Laura Ingraham, and the Vocal NBA | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
The outspoken athlete is at the vanguard of a league that has encouraged free expression more than most.
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Sasha Cohen: An Olympian’s Guide to Retiring at 25 - The New York Times

Sasha Cohen: An Olympian’s Guide to Retiring at 25 - The New York Times | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
One thing I have learned is that the rules for life are different from the rules for sports.
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'Footy hasn't always loved us': what the Pride game means to LGBTI people by @Kate_ohalloran

'Footy hasn't always loved us': what the Pride game means to LGBTI people by @Kate_ohalloran | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
Openly LGBTI AFLW players are breaking down multiple barriers of discrimination
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Plogging: the fitness craze that's sweeping the streets | Books | The Guardian

Plogging: the fitness craze that's sweeping the streets | Books | The Guardian | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
It’s time to embrace the Scandinavian trend for picking up litter while jogging – even if the word ‘plogging’ is a bit rubbish

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How Kerre McIvor inspired a generation to run

How Kerre McIvor inspired a generation to run | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
Kerre McIvor talks to three people who were inspired to get fit and change their lives.
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Why Would Anyone Kayak Across an Ocean — at 70? - The New York Times

Why Would Anyone Kayak Across an Ocean — at 70? - The New York Times | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
For Aleksander Doba, pitting himself against the wide-open sea — storms, sunstroke, monotony, hunger and loneliness —is a way to feel alive in old age.
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Is Chris Zablocki the Best Extreme Marathoner? - The New York Times

Is Chris Zablocki the Best Extreme Marathoner? - The New York Times | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
The doctor from Connecticut has run 47 marathons in the past seven years. He won 19 of them. And he holds the world record in the indoor marathon.
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Dag Aabye Is the 'Most Elusive' Man in North America

Dag Aabye Is the 'Most Elusive' Man in North America | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it


Somewhere in the mountains of Vernon, British Columbia lives a 76-year-old man by the name of Dag Aabye. He has no cell phone or email address. Revered by locals for having escaped from the shackles of modern society, he is the champion of the 80-mile ultramarathon aptly named the “death race.” Aabye is the oldest person to have ever finished the race.


"Never die easy,” Aabye says in the film. “To me, there is no age. Age is something other people put on you. You put a person in an old folk’s home, and this person’s gonna die pretty quick because you tell them, ‘You’re old now—you’re ready to go.’” Dag Aabye is a septuagenarian Ultra Marathon champion who lives completely off the grid.

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Chapter 2 of this video has Dag's philosophies. Well worth a listen...and look.
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Stephen Hawking Dead: Famed Scientist Dies At 76

Stephen Hawking Dead: Famed Scientist Dies At 76 | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
"We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe," Hawking once remarked, "and for that, I am extremely grateful."
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Before his ALS, Stephen played football and tennis and occasionally did running but I'm putting him in here as his thoughts are amazing and very much appreciated by active people everywhere:

"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up."

Stephen Hawking, as he celebrated his 70th birthday
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Marily Oppezzo: Want to be more creative? Go for a walk | TED Talk

Marily Oppezzo: Want to be more creative? Go for a walk | TED Talk | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
When trying to come up with a new idea, we all have times when we get stuck. But according to research by behavioral and learning scientist Marily Oppezzo, getting up and going for a walk might be all it takes to get your creative juices flowing. In this fun, fast talk, she explains how walking could help you get the most out of your next brainstorm.

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Minda Dentler: What I learned when I conquered the world's toughest triathlon | TED Talk

Minda Dentler: What I learned when I conquered the world's toughest triathlon | TED Talk | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
A 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and then a full-length marathon on hot, dry ground -- with no breaks in between: the legendary Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, is a bucket list goal for champion athletes. But when Minda Dentler decided to take it on, she had bigger aspirations than just another medal around her neck. She tells the story of how she conquered this epic race, and what it inspired her to do next.
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Sir Roger Bannister - a life in pictures | Sport | The Guardian

Sir Roger Bannister - a life in pictures | Sport | The Guardian | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
Sir Roger Bannister, born 1929 in Harrow, has died at the age of 88. He will always be remembered as the the first man to break the four minute mile barrier
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Elizabeth Swaney: Did she 'game the system' or is she a true Olympian

Elizabeth Swaney: Did she 'game the system' or is she a true Olympian | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
If after watching Elizabeth Swaney swoop steadily side to side on the halfpipe, achieving minimal air lifts and attempting no tricks whatsoever left you thinking "I could do that" -- then you are probably not alone.
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How to Manage Stress Like an Olympic Biathlete - The New York Times

How to Manage Stress Like an Olympic Biathlete - The New York Times | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
The pressure of an intense physical race combined with methodical target shooting gives biathletes a unique perspective on coping with stress.
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LeBron James and Laura Ingraham: war of words shows why sport and politics should mix

LeBron James and Laura Ingraham: war of words shows why sport and politics should mix | The philosophy of fitness, exercise, sport and running | Scoop.it
As sports stinks go, they don't come much more fascinating than LeBron James and Laura Ingraham.
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