A team of 10 Sherpas became the first mountaineers to successfully complete the winter ascent of K2 (8,611m), the world’s second tallest mountain, a task that many had considered to be impossible. Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli were the first to climb K2 66 years ago. There have been six previous attempts to summit the mountain in winter but none of them were successful. Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, one of the summit team, dedicated the achievement to the Sherpa community and told the Guardian, “For all the other 8,000ers summited in winter, no Sherpa was with them, so this is an opportunity for Sherpa to demonstrate their strength.” On that note, here are the other weekly updates:
Virtual Athletes’ Village
Since the Boston Marathon has been postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic, the organisers have launched a virtual Athletes’ Village to keep around 125,000 runners connected globally and reignite some of the on-ground camaraderie. It will serve as a digital hub for runners to share running and training tips, seek coaches and participate and compete in monthly challenges. In a statement, Tom Grilk, President & CEO of the Boston Athletic Association, said, “Whether you are an accomplished marathoner, looking to increase your physical activity in the new year, or brand new to the sport of running, Athletes’ Village will provide a space for you to achieve your fitness goals and celebrate your accomplishments with a global community.”
Finishing The 100 Mile Hell Race
The Hell Race – Border is an ultra run organised every year to honour Major Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri and the martyrs of the Longewala Battle of 1971. The 100-mile race started in 2018 has had runners, athletes and members of the armed forces run from Jaisalmer to the battlefield of Longewala, via Ramgarh and some villages in the Great Thar. It’s a test of mental and physical endurance. Two runners from Hyderabad – Amit Kshirsagar & Subham Mishra – recently finished the gruelling challenge. From facing sand storms, blisters and hallucinations to battling extreme weather conditions, these runners have experienced it all.
Run For Hope
Eddie Izzard knows no boundaries. From stand-up comedy to politics to running 28 marathons in 28 days in 28 European countries, there’s no stopping her. Her challenge for 2021: To run a marathon every day in January (on a treadmill) and interview guests and livestream the results. That’s not all. She will also host live comedy nights. The proceeds for A Run for Hope will go to charity. It is to “encourage people from all over the world to unite together to ‘Make Humanity Great Again’ and raise money for charity.”
Stretches To Release Tension
Stretching is an effective strategy that aids stress-relief, since it lengthens the muscles and relieves a lot of tension. Secondly, an important part of stretching is connecting with breathing, an essential part of our daily lives we take for granted. From a cramped up neck to that lower back ache, stress can tag along uninvited, which is why implementing stretches that reduce stress into your everyday routine is imperative. From Child’s Pose to Figure 4, here are all the stretches you need in order to find the calm in this chaos.
With our hectic schedules, we tend to be flexible with our workouts. But a few experts believe that mornings are the best time for a workout. Magdalena Cadet, a certified rheumatologist, tells Huffington Post, “There are studies that suggest that early morning workouts may shift a person’s body clock so that there is more alertness in the early hours, which may result in improved sleep quality.” Morning exercise also helps in boosting energy, benefits internal and external body functions. What’s the optimal time? It’s 7am.
Here’s a fun fact: 89 of the 100 fastest men in history are either from Ethiopia (42) or Kenya (47). Michael Crawley, a 2:20 marathon runner and assistant professor in social anthropology, spent 15 months among distance runners in Ethiopia to study their training methods. The result is Out of Thin Air, a book “about the journey, illuminating the structures and beliefs of Ethiopian distance running and the path the nation’s runners must take to (hopefully) one day arrive on the start line of a major marathon.”
There’s nothing about Usain Bolt’s illustrious career that’s not been explored and analysed. But there is one unexplored statistic. Watch the video to find out.