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Old 03-07-2008, 09:06 AM   #1
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Marathon hopeful, 101-year-old , training hard - Yahoo! Sports

A 101 year old man goes back to work at age 99 and trains for marathon.

FOX Sports on MSN - NFL - Favre finds NFL is no country for old men

The 38 year old Brett Favre is too old for football and retires.
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The 38 year old Brett Favre is too old for football and retires.
I won't be shocked if he changes his mind. He's tired right now and the season is barely over. After he has played some golf and had a summer to rest, I bet he gets the fever again. He still is a kid at heart.
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I won't be shocked if he changes his mind. He's tired right now and the season is barely over. After he has played some golf and had a summer to rest, I bet he gets the fever again. He still is a kid at heart.
He's a quarterback, right? Aren't they supposed to be the smarter ones? The article really makes him seem to be the professional-sports version of a burned-out ER.

I bet he can handle the mental pressure and the physical labor/exercise, but I'd be awful tired of the part where you get run over without warning by 300-pound linemen. And maybe his doctor is starting to mutter about ligaments or arthritis.

I think Johnny Unitas' later years have scared the heck out of an entire generation of football players. Favre will get his mental pressure on the golf course and his physical labor from having to wear the RF amp that goes with his lapel mike...

As for the marathoner, he looks a lot younger with the beard & backwards ballcap. I guess that's important for those trip-digit years when you're still trying to pick up hot chicks.
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I've seen some discussion about the 101 yr old guy. Some wonder from the picture if he's really 101, but I'll assume it's true.

Last year he fended off a couple of muggers: FightingArts.com - The 100 Year Old Surprise

Calling him a "runner" may be a misnomer though. He recently finished a half-marathon in over 5:13. That's almost 24 minutes a mile. I walk pretty comfortably at about 20 minutes a mile, 15 or faster if I walk briskly. But I have seen other people running more slowly than I walk, so maybe he actually does run. If he's walking the whole thing, I prefer to see it called "finishing" a marathon, not "running" it. Just finishing will be quite an accomlishment for him.

Most marathons close their course after 6-8 hours because they can't keep streets closed that long, or volunteers out at water stops forever. For a case like this, I'm sure they'll make an exception and probably have someone escort him for safety, as it's going to take him at least 11 hours.
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