Writer Jared Beasley joins me to talk about his upcoming ebook, In Search of Al Howie. Howie was not solely an completed mega-distance runner, however an individual who’s life was stuffed with tales and excessive highs and lows: He used pretend names to evade legislation enforcement, couldn’t afford a easy bus ticket to races, and labored itinerant jobs, all whereas setting operating data that also stand as we speak.
For these not conversant in Al Howie, you’re in for fairly an awakening. Howie was a Scotsman-turned-Canadian whose ultrarunning exploits within the 80s and 90s are arduous to fathom:
- He ran throughout Canada in a still-world-record of 72 days (that’s simply over 100k/day), then two weeks later, ran 1300 miles to interrupt his personal world file.
- Howie (ahem) nonetheless holds the world file for longest run with out stopping by operating 360 miles round an ordinary observe.
- He ran from England by way of France to the island of Sardinia to compete in a marathon.
On this interview, creator/biographer Jared Beasley talks about how he got here throughout Al Howie and what he discovered from speaking to him over the previous couple of years of his life. How extreme was the psychological sickness Howie suffered? What did he suppose his personal accomplishments, and which races stood out? And what about that most cancers prognosis that was cured with a macrobiotic weight loss plan?
Al Howie Episode Notes
Right here’s information and buying information for the ebook. It’ll be launched in October 2019.
Right here’s Jared’s website.
Right here’s the Dinkelacker beer he was speaking about.
Right here’s a hyperlink to the one race during which Al Howie and Yiannis Kouros competed face to face.
Intro and outro music used courtesy of David Rosales. Discover his music and tour schedule proper right here.