Running a marathon in space – mission IS possible

It might sound like a joke, but there is a guy out there (pun intended) that will literally run the London marathon from Space. He is a British Astronaut, currently living in the International Space Station.

I was flabbergasted when I read the press release “Tim Peake to run London marathon from space”. I never really knew that they had fitness equipment out there. Having known that every pound of weight is extremely expensive to send to space, I never imagined that they even had a fully equipped treadmill in space. Wow.

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The reality is that this is not some extravagant idea, but a necessity. The astronauts need to exercise up to 2 hours a day, to fight the effects of no gravity in space.

So, Tim decided to take his exercise to another level and compete in the London marathon. The competition is expected to have more than 30,000 participants and will start on 24 April at 10:00 GMT.

At the same time, Tim will strap himself to the treadmill and compete with the rest. Will he be off to a flying start? Sure! But, there is a catch. Running at space requires some additional equipment – Tim will have to wear a harness that will keep him floating away from the treadmill. It is a full harness system with a waist belt and shoulder straps. That will surely put some down force on the run. Wearing that harness starts to get extremely uncomfortable only after 40 minutes. Tim most certainly have to wear it for more than 3:30 hours if he wants to finish the marathon.

While the attempt is not ground breaking, there are some whining people out there who prefer to skip running due to some blatant reasons, such as having bunions or flat feet. Come on people! With the wide range of sport shoes available on the market for virtually any type of feet, you have little excuse not to go to the treadmill, too! Now you know, go get a pair and do your workout!

So, enough rant, back to our astronaut. While he has no dreams of beating a record, his reasons for participating are: increasing awareness for Prince’s trust that helps young people aged 13 to 30 get into jobs, education and training; interacting with Earth more, challenging what is possible.

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