I was leafing through the back of an out-of-print book, a collection of runners' biographies called 'The Five Kings of Distance,' when I came across a three-page essay from 1908 titled 'W. G. George's Own Account From the 100-Up Exercise,'" he writes. "According to legend, this single drill turned a 16 year old with almost no running experience into the foremost racer of his day."
|Walter Goodall George in circa 1884. Credit: Getty Images|
Then, raise one knee at a time to hip height, bringing it back down lightly to its original position.
To see a video of the 100 up in motion:
Note from Runner, Running Author and Rowan Mathematics Professor Tom Osler, "This is wonderful. For years I wondered what this "100 up" of Walter George was.
Decades ago Dave Costill, the doc who studied runners at Ball State told me about reading George's book and his insistence that he owed his success to the 100 up.
So now I know what it is. I'm going to give it a try. Starting very, very gently at first."
Article reprinted by kind permission of the Huffington Post and Sarah Klein.