He got shot … and still finished!

I think everyone has that one fear about death. Maybe you had a bad dream about drowning or you had a close call with a stranger in an alley at one point in your life but I believe everyone has that one fear of dying their most horrible death. For me, it’s being shot in the head.

I know, I know, not a good blog topic but stick with me. You see when I was a kid I had a dream that I got shot in the head by an intruder and I’ve had the dream on multiple occasions as an adult. Even though, in my dream I realize the pain is not really bad, it’s the fear of it actually happening that scares me. And that’s why bullet man is one of the most amazing people I have ever heard about.

Dennis Rainer was a 26 year old in 1978 and he really wanted to qualify for the Boston Marathon so he ran the old Grand Rapids Marathon in Michigan. About 10 miles into the race he entered a rural area when suddenly he was knocked forward and almost hit the ground. He checked himself out and thought he was fine so he continued on.

Dennis Rainer

This is Dennis at the 2015 Ironman, (yes, he’s an Ironman too!)

Once he finished the race, he grabbed a hotdog and checked him time, 3:09, not a qualifying time. Disappointed but worried about the near fall earlier in the race he did the smart thing and headed off to the doctor. That’s when the doctor figured out what had happened and informed Dennis he’d been shot in the head!

You can watch the video below to hear the entire story.  (You really do want to watch this!)

The worst pain I ever ran through was a migraine. Dennis is the marathon boss in my book.

What’s the worst pain you ever ran through?

25 of the longest seconds

If I were Eliud Kipchoge I’d be out of my mind right now.  I’d be thinking about how maybe I could have shaved just one second off of each mile and broken that 2 hour mark.  It would consume every minute of my thoughts.  I’m so glad I’m not Eliud Kipchoge.

I have OCD

Is it possible to run a sub two marathon?  I don’t think so.  Not without the absolute perfect conditions and a lot of outside assistance, but what do I think will happen?  Nike will sell lots of clothing and lots and lots of shoes.

I could be wrong though.

What do you think?

He ran a marathon in the desert without water!

My mom sent me a text message yesterday and reminded me that my dad also helped to build the train for the park that is now known as Dollywood.  I don’t know why I forgot to mention my dad except that I guess I’ve always grouped him in with ‘the uncles’ but I wanted to mention that because my dad passed away several years ago and those memories of him are very special to us.

Dollywood Train

Here is another link with much more information on how to help if you feel inclined to do so and I hope you do.

Have y’all been following the Sherri Papini case?  I first posted about it here when she went missing after going out for a jog and then again when she was found and I have to tell you I was so thrilled that she was found alive.  Very rarely is a kidnapping victim found alive and maybe that’s why the media is having a hard time with this story because it seems like there is a lot of scrutiny around her story lately.  Maybe it’s just me but it seems like every time I see her name in the media lately it’s related to doubts about her story.

side eye

I’m bothered by this on so many levels because there’s a part of me that finds it infuriating that people would think unless you wind up dead a kidnapping story must be a hoax.  And then there’s a part of me, (the research nerd and the reddit junkie,) that believes someone is hiding something.  I’m not sure what I believe but I’m still drawn to the story.

Wim Hof is the Iceman.  He holds 20 world records including the longest ice bath.  He has the ability to control his body temperature through his breathing exercises called the Wim Hof Method.  He actually teaches the practice.

This man is no joke.  He actually complete a full marathon above the arctic circle in Finland and he finished in 5 hours and 25 minutes.  Oh, and if you don’t think that’s badass, consider the fact that he was wearing only shorts!

I recently watched a documentary about Wim Hof and how he controls his immune system.  It was the most interesting documentary I think I’ve ever seen and I’ve been obsessed with this man ever since.

Wim Hof allowed a group of research scientist to inject him with toxins which would typically cause a person to become ill and the body to begin to fight the infection but Wim Hof was able to suppress his immune system and alter his response.  He was not affected at all!  It was amazing.

Our immune system is amazing and it is vital for protection against invaders such as bacteria and viruses but adversely there are conditions in which the immune system kicks in when it shouldn’t and it attacks.  These are called autoimmune disorders and they include rheumatoid arthritis, M.S., Lupus, and more.   Researchers believe that with his method of controlling his own immune system, Wim Hof could shed light on controlling autoimmune disorders.

It’s a fascinating documentary.  And he only practices cold therapy, he also ran a marathon in the Namib Desert.  Oh, and did I mention that he ran that without any water?  Yeah, he did.

Follow the link above if you want to watch it and I know you do.

Would you run through the snow in shorts?