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Space Run: Boston Marathon from the Space Station

I have never run a marathon. I have never been to space. But when I look up at the sky on Monday, April 16th, it will be with respect and reverence for astronaut Sunita Williams. Even though she is 210 miles above Boston, living in orbit on the space station, she will be running in the Boston Marathon.

I don't know about you, but I think that is just super cool. Astronauts are required to exercise while living on board the space station to prevent muscle and bone density loss. The microgravity of space doesn't tax their muscles or the bones so without regular exercise their muscles would atrophy and their bones would become weak.

Sunita, a Massachusetts native, has been training for the Marathon with 4 weekly runs, divided into 2 short and 2 long runs. On April 16th, she will not only run 26.2 strapped to her space station treadmill, she will also circle earth not once, but twice. Why is she doing this, you might ask? Her answer - to encourage kids to start making physical fitness part of their daily lives.

Well, I am inspired. We may not all be astronauts, or marathoners, but we can make physical fitness part of our daily lives.

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yogini yogini 10 years
I think this is great!!
SU3 SU3 10 years
Love the inspiring stories Fit! I think what she's doing is solid effort. If she can't be there for the marathon at that moment... she'll do it the next best way. IMO - that's dedication.
TheMissus TheMissus 10 years
I think it's a cop out, actually. (Read my full opinion here.) Anyone from Boston knows that running on a treadmill is WAY easier than running the marathon on Boston's craptastic streets. I applaud her for being active and running the 26.2 miles... Because I know I can't do that. But she can't say she's running the "Boston Marathon" from space. Running it in space is WAY easier.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Pretty cool!
snowdaytoday snowdaytoday 10 years
Wow! That just amazes me. I'm totally inspired now.
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