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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:55 PM
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Eddie Izzard ran 43 marathons in 52 days. For charity.
I hope he wore sensible pumps.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article6836044...


To the cheering of taxi drivers and the tooting of horns, the comedian and actor Eddie Izzard ran into London yesterday to complete his 43rd marathon in 52 days, a feat of jogging in which he had covered 1,100 miles.

Fighting blisters that have caused the nails on his smaller toes to fall off and his larger toes to swell into alien monsters, he sprinted up The Mall and into Trafalgar Square where he started 7 weeks ago.

In finishing he proved what many thought was an impossible task: that a 47-year-old cross-dresser with no sporting inclination could complete an endeavour usually reserved for a small band of endurance athletes and masochist

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Eddie is one of my favorite comedians



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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:56 PM
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1. WOW! And I'm saying that like Christopher Walken.
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deaniac21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:05 PM
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5. LOL
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:57 PM
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2. Amazing
He's goddamned smart, too.

And funny.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:58 PM
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3. and probably seriously "slimmed-down" after all that
He's something else :rofl:
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:06 PM
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7. Look at him in the video.
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Kerrytravelers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:02 PM
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4. Eddie is so awesome.
He's one of my favorite entertainers. I Eddie!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:05 PM
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6. I love Eddie Izzard.
:)
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:12 PM
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12. He's all over youtube.
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:07 PM
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8. I love Eddie.
:applause:
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ljm2002 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:07 PM
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9. Holy crap! Good for him!!
I hope his feet heal up okay!!!

K&R
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:09 PM
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10. I've been following him on Twitter
So amazing! The man defines the term "dedicated."
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:11 PM
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11. In HEELS.
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:15 PM
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13. He did an outstanding job in Valkyrie. Awesome Job on the Marathons Eddie!
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:48 AM
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28. He can play a real good bad guy.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:23 PM
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14. Wow! Way cool!
:applause:
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 04:24 PM
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15. He said that now he's ready to run for office
Something to the effect that having run all over England, now he's ready to run England.

But that may have been a joke.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:23 PM
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16. When I saw "Eddie Izzard", I thought "what a coincidence"...
...there's a comedian by that name, too!

Wow. 47 and just starting to run marathons?
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:29 PM
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17. He wanted to make sure he was good and rested.
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:35 PM
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19. Yeah, he was underconditioned enough
that he experienced a serious "training effect", going from 10 hours to 5 hours per marathon. IOW, he probably did most of it by sheer dint of will, moreso than most marathoners. A remarkable feat, but likely one that'll extract a cost on his body.
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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:32 PM
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18. Damn! There goes my excuse.................
I've wanted to start running again (haven't run/jogged in 18 years), but I thought it would be too hard on my 41yo frame. Then Eddie goes and does all this w/ only 5 weeks training. Bravo!
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:24 PM
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27. I'm not allowed to run. I have degenerative disc disease. I walk.
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iris27 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:49 PM
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20. Way to go, Eddie! Holy cow!
Apparently he wasn't joking about "running, jumping, climbing trees"!
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CurtEastPoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:08 PM
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21. Have always loved Eddie. Saw him live in ATL last summer. He skewered B*sh
and the crowd roared, minus one or 2 assholes who booed. The best part was it was at Cobb Energy Center, smack in right-wingish Cobb County.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:10 PM
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22. Awesome!
:bounce:
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subcomhd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:42 PM
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23. One of my favorite comedians. Eddie I rocks! nt
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:46 PM
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24. He wore seven pairs of pumps, actually
http://www.thesun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/mattmeets...

That's if you use the regional (northern, I'd say) British definition of 'pumps' as 'sports shoes':

OED:

Brit. (now regional), a sports shoe, a plimsoll ...
1775 C. LENNOX Old City Manners I. i. 2 Hey-day! what have we here? tennis pumps and a racket.
1897 Sears, Roebuck Catal. No. 104. 203/3 Men's gymnasium shoes... Men's low cut canvas pumps, canvas sole,
1974 P. WRIGHT Lang. Brit. Industry ii. 28 For rubber-soled canvas shoes we have pumps, plimsolls, gym-shoes and squeakers.
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Fuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:47 PM
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25. Good lord!
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ms liberty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:40 PM
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26. Eddie rocks. K&R n/t
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:56 AM
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29. That's a lot of miles...
well done Eddie! :applause:

Eddie in a very funny version of The Four Yorkshiremen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2kymjRpzNs

Sid
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:14 AM
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30. It appears he ran himself in shape. I hope he didn't do permanent damage
to his joints.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:19 AM
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31. you GO Miss Eddie!
:woohoo:

i wonder who made which heels that worked best?
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BoneDaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:20 AM
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32. LOVE Eddie
"no flag, no country" Go man go!
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:51 PM
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33. Love his anti imperialism rants.
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