Q: Don Kardong has said, "If you run 100 hundred miles a week, you can eat anything you want--Why? Because (a) you'll burn all the calories you consume, (b) you deserve it, and (c) you'll be injured soon and back on a restricted diet anyway." Is he telling the truth?

A: I would have to say Kardong's advice was spoken with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, given that he's pretty smart being a Stanford grad plus I watched him run a few races against Pre. And I gotta believe that Don (a) did not forget how Jim Fixx died; (b) assuming by "deserve(ing) it" he is talking throwing caution to the wind when it comes to food and not the gullibility of our 100 mile-per-weeker in question, again, I believe Kardong would advise against the Jim Fixx philosophy, but Kardong would confess to saying "there would be chaos without ice cream" and; (c) maybe the favorites at the U.S. marathon trials are wondering the same thing after they got passed by Christine Clark, who stepped off her treadmill in Anchorage and emerged as the only qualifier for the U.S. team for the Olympics at Sydney. Too warm of a day for fast times? Were the favorites hosed by the tweaking of the qualifying standards? Arguable on both counts. But if the heat bothered anyone, it should have been the Alaskan Clark.

Did I mention that she was running 70 miles per week (with 2/3 of it on that treadmill) instead of the 100+ run by the others who did not have to buy their plane ticket to the Trials? Guess who is flying free to Sydney?...and that's the Truth, my friend. Thanks for asking.

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