Inspire me Wednesday #12

“The doctor told me ‘Man, if you don’t stop this lifestyle you will die‘. So I started running, and it changed my life.”

In 1987, Christian Schiester was a 20-year-old weighing 100 kilos, smoking 40 cigarettes a day and drinking a lot. But after a sobering message from his family doctor he suddenly turned his back on that life and set out on the road that would lead to his becoming one of the greatest extreme runners in history…

  • First run – 3 minutes before a walk break.
  • First 10km run – ended at eight kilometres exhausted by the roadside.
  • First race – 7km, completed,  but beaten in the sprint finish by a 72 year old.
  • First Marathon – 1990. New York Marathon: 952nd in 3:02:36.
  • Three years later – 1993. Graz marathon: 5th in 2:29:07.
  • 10 years later – 2003. Marathon des Sable 250km: 12th place.
  • 1 year after that – 2004. 100mile Himalayan Stage Race. 1st place.
  • And it continues…

Anyone can change their life. 

How are you changing your life this fine Wednesday?

Happy running everyone!


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Hi, I’m Bernie and I’m a just guy who writes about the things which get me going and get me running, even though my running is never going to result in me standing on a podium!

Posted on October 30, 2013, in Inspire, Inspire me Wednesday and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Inspire me Wednesday #12.

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