Despite persistent criticism, Robert Garside
finished his six-year world-tour run in 2003.
Runners who do marathons and ultras
have always fascinated me. But to liter-
ally run around the world? Until I read
Dan Koeppel’s “Redemption of the Run-
ningman” (August), I wouldn’t have even
imagined it. Koeppel has me fully con-
vinced that Robert Garside did what he
said, and I’m angry that his feat is not
being properly recognized by The Guin-
ness Book of World Records or David Blaikie
[a distance-running enthusiast and Gar-
side’s primary skeptic]. In the face of all
the evidence that Koeppel compiled, it’s
unfortunate that Garside hasn’t been
given a public apology.
I guess a man who can
handle the strain of run-
ning around the world
might think little of petty
naysayers. Mr. Garside,
I believe you did it. And
Mr. Koeppel, I believe you
have atoned for your dis-
belief a hundredfold.
—J. PETER BRUZZESE,
Congratulations to Dan Koeppel on a
fascinating story that reminds us to
always question the motives of the cynic
and his believers. As a lawyer, I am
committed to the never-ending search for
the truth. Any objective observer of human nature knows that there are two
sides to every story, and sometimes the
truth is elusive and may even haunt us.
I think this article is not the redemption
of Robert Garside, but, through his
running and writing, the redemption of
—THOMAS SALATA, Alpharetta, Georgia
GIVE AND TAKE
Chris Solomon hit the nail on the head
in “That Magic Feeling” (Life and Times,
August) when he described the adverse
psychological effects he experienced af-
ter changing his form. Iliotibial band
(ITB) issues have been haunting me for
two years, and I finally
went to a new doctor to
get it fixed. He told me
that my gait was wrong,
But ever since that diag-
nosis, I have traded ITB problems for
Achilles problems, my runs are shorter
and painful, and I’m regretting following
“doctors’ orders” more than ever. If I
could rewind the clock and undo what
I’ve changed, I’d do it in a second.
that I probably didn’t
need the orthotics I was
wearing, and that I
should try minimal
shoes and midfoot striking. I was thrilled to
have some new advice.
I can relate to “that magic feeling” Solomon describes. My physical therapist
suggested I change how I run after I
struggled with a hip impingement.
Though it has been a frustrating process,
the difference is unbelievable. My new
rhythm is more carefree because I no
longer have to worry about the painful
consequences my run used to cause.
Thanks to my physical therapist, I’m
living the dream of being able to run, a
dream that I was so close to losing.
Ritzenhein, 2012 Boston
winner Wesley Korir, and
sub-2: 20 women Lucy
Kabuu and Florence
Kiplagat will compete
at the Bank of America
Chicago Marathon on
October 7. For coverage,
head to runnersworld.
com/chicago. We’ll also
be live-t weeting the race
FIND FESTIVE FUN
One of the best ways to burn calories from
Halloween candy is to compete in a costumed
race. Use our Race Finder to search for one near
you at runnersworld.com/racefinder.
VIDEO SPOTLIGHT: the Doctor’s office
Triathlete Jordan Metzl, M.D., shows you how to spot and
treat common running ailments, including IT-band issues
and shinsplits, at runnersworld.com/doctorsoffice.
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