Having just read James E. Shapiro's article on the 24-hour run, I am overjoyed to see that, finally, the feelings of millions of marathoners and ultramarathoners have been put into an emotional and enjoyable story. I loved it when Shapiro wrote at the end, "The body claims its due."
Lake County Roadrunners
North Perry, Ohio
When I finished my daily three-mile run at my usual eight-minutes-per-mile pace, I sat down to what I felt was a well-deserved rest and read James Shapiro's article.
But just reading the vivid description of his incredible accomplishment left me thoroughly exhausted and feeling totally inadequate as a runner. Although I admit that I could never comprehend the pain involved in running an ultramarathon, I felt every step of his ordeal.
Your recent article about running junkies somehow omitted the most obvious explanation.
As one who has run off and on for 25 or 30 years, I have yet to experience a "second wind," nor have I hit "the wall."
The only pleasure in running occurs when one stops.
H. JOHN ROGERS
New Martinsville. W. Va.
TROUBLE IN PARADISE
Thanks for your story on Mike Ivie (He Has Georgia on His Mind, July 28). Let's hope Jim Lefebvre's attitude doesn't gain too much of a following. Having someone to listen to a problem has prevented many from falling over the edge. It's a long drop and a long trip back.
Hang in, Mike!
TOMMY O. LEE
UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT
While riding with my mom in the car one day I looked out the window and saw a go-kart with a hang glider on top of it. Well, I wondered and wondered what it was until your issue with the article on ultralights (It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a.... July 21). Thanks for explaining it tome.
CARLETON ON CARLTON
Thanks for putting Steve Carlton on the cover of your July 21 issue. Steve's my favorite pitcher even though he left the "e" out of his last name.