Just becoming an astronaut wasn't enough of a marathon experience for Tim Peake.
The UK's first International Space Station astronaut announced that he's planning to run the London Marathon in April at the same time participants are racing on Earth.
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Peake is no stranger to distance running. He ran the London Marathon on the ground in 1999 and finished in 3 hours, 18 minutes and 50 seconds, according to the European Space Agency. He's not trying to beat that time from space, though. Simply running in space is hard.
He'll have a treadmill, but microgravity poses a bunch of challenges. A harness system will prevent him from floating away, but it doesn't sound like much fun. Peake described it to the ESA as a rucksack with a waistbelt and shoulder straps.
"After about 40 minutes, that gets very uncomfortable," he said in a statement. "I don't think I'll be setting any personal bests. I've set myself a goal of anywhere between 3:30 to 4 hours."
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The upside is that Peake will be running as a digital participant, and he'll have access to virtual views of the real race from his iPad. "The thing I'm most looking forward to is that I can still interact with everybody down on Earth," he said. He'll also be raising awareness for the British charity the Prince's Trust.
Currently Peake is in Kazakhstan with Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA astronaut Tim Kopra preparing for their Dec. 15 space launch. Hopefully he packed something to help prevent chafing.
via Tech Times