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ludwig

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Eddie Izzard marathon man
« on: March 05, 2010, 11:55:08 am »
Eddie Izzard Marathon man. I'm not a fan but found this show an inspiration and admire him hugely for what he achieved here.

Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2010, 11:57:35 am »

I caught the last 10 minutes of this.

God, that guy can dig deep. An amazing feat.
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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2010, 12:03:21 pm »
Amazing, I love his standup too.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2010, 03:30:02 pm »
True grit from an unlikely source I thought.

Really enjoyed the program (especially as he was on some of my local roads from Basingstoke to Wiltshire)

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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2010, 03:39:52 pm »
True grit from an unlikely source I thought.

I dunno.  Any bloke who wears a dress has got to be pretty tough.
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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2010, 04:07:24 pm »
He almost gained a Forrest Gump-like  critical mass of followers.  :)  An amazing effort.
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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2010, 07:19:57 pm »
I had a lump in my throat watching this, how he completed those 9 straight marathons I do not know. Amazing.

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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2010, 07:36:41 pm »
I loved it too. That was just the first instalment wasn't it? Another 34 marathons to go and his body is already falling apart. I can't imagine how he did it. I love the fact that he could take time off to serve ice creams and drink a couple of pints in Devizes, much to the concern of the support crew.  ;D

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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2010, 10:10:32 pm »
Think he might fancy trying LEL next time round?  On a unicycle.  Piece of cake after that.
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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2010, 01:30:50 pm »
I was very impressed when I heard that he ran all those marathons.
Now that I know how little preperation he had, I'm even more impressed.
In spite of what the experts were telling him on the programme (I think that there was a bit of TV story hyping going on to make it more of a story), I think he did the right thing by doing his own thing. I often found it very funny.
Eddie Izz-ard :thumbsup:

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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2010, 02:20:36 pm »
I was very impressed when I heard that he ran all those marathons.
Now that I know how little preperation he had, I'm even more impressed.
In spite of what the experts were telling him on the programme (I think that there was a bit of TV story hyping going on to make it more of a story), I think he did the right thing by doing his own thing. I often found it very funny.
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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2010, 06:21:46 pm »
I was very impressed by him too.  Looks like he's stepping up to the 'national comedic treasure' position occupied by Stephen Fry.  But the whole thing was very low-key at the time, wasn't it?  I don't remember news reports of his progress, just a local paper report when he was round here - the first I'd heard of what he was doing - and a brief report on BBC news when he'd finished.  Maybe he wanted it that way in case he failed.

I didn't know he'd been brought up in Skewen - just 3 or 4 miles from here.  I gained the impression that a lot of what makes him what he is derives from the death of his mother when he was so young. 

Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2010, 08:42:30 pm »
I see the program is on iPlayer, but I haven't watched it yet.

I do quite like him, since he does seem to be a genuine eccentric, and comes across as a nice guy.  I've got a couple of his shows somewhere, either on DVD or CD.  I forget which, which means I haven't watched them recently, so ought to dig them out.
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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2010, 09:10:44 pm »
Wow. It's just weird that he can keep on running them day after day and even on his rest day doing a fifteen mile walk.  :thumbsup:

Through the Wales bit my dad was interrupting with "I rode up that hill / ate in that cafe on <insert Audax ride here>".   ;D

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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2010, 08:16:39 pm »
I followed it all on twitter when he was doing it.  This kind of thing is what twitter's great for.  I remember him twittering about going for runs along the Thames and posting pics, and being a little surprised that he was out running.  It was only later that I found out why he'd been doing the training.  Truly amazing achievement.

As for being tough to wear a dress, he was beaten up outside the Corn Exchange in Cambridge after a show.  Lovely place, Cambridge.  ::-)

Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2010, 11:22:28 pm »
I just watched the first programme, and that was interesting, and made me feel a little exhausted just watching it!

It was amusing with the Doctor at the start, when he realised what he was planning on doing, and how much preparation time he had. All the people I've known who have run one marathon have generally spent more time preparing themselves for it.

Given how much practise he seems to have done (or rather not done), it's amazing that he did it.  He clearly had a very bloody minded attitude to doing it, and as one of the guys said, doing these sort of events is very much about the psychology of it.

Having said that, there's also no doubt that without people treating his feet and legs, there's no way he would have got around.  Most of us do an event like a Marathon, and then collapse for a day (or week!) to recover.  He didn't have that option, but having experts on hand to drain your blisters, wrap your feet in bandages, and massage your painful muscles, has to be very useful in such a situation!

It was also amusing when at the end, where the Rickshaw ran out of battery power and omph (I would suspect it was damned heavy with the film crew on board), and they ended up with some runners carrying the camera for them. ;D

A damned impressive, and somewhat nutty achievement.  I'll definitely have to watch the remaining episodes.
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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2010, 11:30:59 pm »
Inspirational. What a man. I wanna do something like that, but I don't think I've got the balls  :(
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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2010, 07:01:15 pm »
Having said that, there's also no doubt that without people treating his feet and legs, there's no way he would have got around.  Most of us do an event like a Marathon, and then collapse for a day (or week!) to recover.  He didn't have that option, but having experts on hand to drain your blisters, wrap your feet in bandages, and massage your painful muscles, has to be very useful in such a situation!


That and he was very slow, sometimes spending over 10 hours to do the marathon.
Still impressive though.

Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2010, 07:04:02 pm »
Watched it last night  - inspirational indeed.

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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2010, 07:13:06 pm »
Having said that, there's also no doubt that without people treating his feet and legs, there's no way he would have got around.  Most of us do an event like a Marathon, and then collapse for a day (or week!) to recover.  He didn't have that option, but having experts on hand to drain your blisters, wrap your feet in bandages, and massage your painful muscles, has to be very useful in such a situation!


That and he was very slow, sometimes spending over 10 hours to do the marathon.
Still impressive though.
Yes, that's what I thought. Of course a 10hr marathon is still non-trivial for a big guy with feck-all training. And then 4 more, not a single mile walked ...

There may have been editorial licence taken in the making of the 1st show, but it did seem like that week was make-or-break. He was getting slowly fitter, as you would expect if you pace yourself, but some bits were (unsurprisingly) breaking down. It could have all been off after 3 days; possibly more luck than determination. Some problems cannot be "pushed through", because eventually your legs drop off.

I noticed how much his toes were pointing out as he slowed down - there was real wear and tear there, not just lack of stamina.
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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2010, 03:10:21 am »
Mind over matter (not to under estimate the rest of it, I think he's brilliant, what a man
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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #21 on: March 10, 2010, 10:18:44 pm »
Chapeau.

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Makes you me think about the false ceilings we set ourselves.

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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #22 on: March 10, 2010, 11:04:12 pm »
I watched this evening. An utterly awesome demonstration of the power of self motivation.

I texted Sports Relief a fiver (txt Eddie to 70005). You'd need a heart of stone not to.

Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #23 on: March 14, 2010, 10:29:55 am »
Just watched the second episode, and you can see that self motivation only goes so far in overcoming pain.  If things hurt too much, there's nothing you can do but stop.  I suspect that the amount of pain killers he's been using wouldn't entirely be allowed if you were actually competing in a sports event, but since he's an unfit comedian, doing if for charity, I think it's all right!

It's kind of interesting that they make a bit of an issue of his transvestism, but I can't say that I've ever really thought about him as a transvestite, just a comedian.  A bit of a weird comedian admittedly, but plenty of comedians are a bit weird, isn't it part of the job description?
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Re: Eddie Izzard marathon man
« Reply #24 on: March 14, 2010, 10:39:37 am »
We watched the first one the other night

Quite extraordinary.  I'd assumed he'd been doing stuff like training for this  :o

Such determination.