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Edward Dramberger’s preparations aren’t the usual ones. He’ll buy a size 13 shoe, even though his shoe size is 12, to make room for the inevitable swelling. Before each day’s run he’ll bind his feet in duct tape to keep the blisters at bay, and he’ll have to carry his own food in his backpack.
“But choosing an incredible goal and going for it isn’t unusual.
For some, running a marathon is the equivalent to what he’s doing.” Physical feats Running in mid-day heat gives Edward Dramberger some sense of what he will encounter in the Sahara Desert race in Morocco, in which he will compete.
Others across the country have tried similar physically trying feats, such as a group that ran around a city block in Brooklyn, N.Y., for five days non-stop or those who try to run across the country.
“Some think that would be the coolest vacation this side of heaven,” “You have ‘ultra-runners’ out there who say ‘I’m going to run as much as I can in one day.’ ”
But those mere mortals who train to stay in shape say they wouldn’t dream of trying what Dramberger is doing. “Oh my God!,” he said, laughing.
“Has he seen a psychiatrist?
It takes a really tough individual – mentally and physically tough – to even try.
It’s definitely for special athletes. It just shows how extraordinary the human body is.”