I read a story over the weekend about Stefaan Engels, a 49 years young Belgian gentleman who ran a marathon every day for 365 consecutive days. He averaged about four hours for each marathon, with the fastest clocking in at 2:56. Obviously, Mr. Engels is a supremely conditioned athlete, but I don't like when people call his effort "superhuman". On the contrary, Engels' feat proves that humans are capable of extraordinary physical and mental feats. His effort was altogether human! When someone looks at a feat like Engels' and categorizes it as "superhuman", that person is basically rationalizing their inability or unwillingness to acknowledge their own potential. Engels didn't pop out of his mother's womb as a genetically superior running machine; in fact he suffered from asthma as a child and was told (by some idiot doctor) to avoid sport altogether. He worked hard, never gave up (even when he failed in his first attempt to run a marathon every day for a year), and finally completed his goal. Yes, Engels' feat is spectacular, but instead of being intimidated by it we should use it as motivation to get off our asses and reach our super individual potentials as humans!
Posted by Zareh.