Alex Hutchinson’s new book Endure traces the intellectual history of the concept of endurance. He weaves together stories of epic moments that test the limits of human endurance, including Henry Worsley’s fatal journey across the Antarctic, the Tor des Geants, a trail race that covers an incredible 24,000m of elevation, the classic ride of the Tour de France, and a non-stop 692km race in the Yukon Arctic Ultra

Endure by Alex Hutchinson

Underlying these moments of extreme human endurance and details of sport physiology is a simpler story –the narrative of a personal discovery of the author himself.

On this week’s episode of The Shakeout, we speak with Hutchinson about the intimate stories of his own running successes and failures he shares in Endure and how he discovers that the concept of endurance is at the heart of what it means to be human.

Audio footage taken from the National Geographic documentary film Breaking2.

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  • Nate says:

    I’m a little annoyed that there is no easy way to download your podcast. I’d love to be able to put it on my mp3 player for my runs (yes, some of us still use them!). I don’t use iTunes and your soundcloud page doesn’t have your most recent episodes and doesn’t allow downloads. I’m not sure if you have your own reasons for this, but I would appreciate having the option!

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