Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.

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Mere mortals

Most of us mere mortals are utterly unequal to the task that Dean Karnazes just accomplished: running across America. But that shouldn’t stop us from being inspired. If this well-known mega-marathoner can run 40-50 miles a day, surely we can put one foot in front of the other for a mile or two.

This Sunday in Healthy Living, two columnists will share some insights into how and why people find the motivation to take care of themselves. They’ll also, of course, share the benefits.

But right now, today, you can read about Karnazes and his amazing run across America.  Here’s a link to an Associated Press story about Karnazes:

Karnazes had been running daily for more than two months when he ended his run this morning, with a visit to the New York studio of “Live! With Regis and Kathy.” Karnazes, reports say, was running in part for the challenge of it but also to raise awareness of the need for children to eat well and exercise.  A quote from his website seems to sum up his philosophy: “Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must, just keep moving forward and never give up!”  – Dean Karnazes

You can read lots more about his journey at