MS. REBECCA SHEIR
Here's a bit of trivia for you. In the United States, Washington D.C. has the highest per capita concentration of lawyers. Talk about getting by and getting ahead. These folks are known for putting their nose to the grind and sometimes working totally insane hours to get ahead of the curve.
MS. REBECCA SHEIR
Well, some of these lawyers, along with some other type A Washingtonians, are taking that dedication out of the office and onto the streets where they push each other to the limits in long distance running.
MS. REBECCA SHEIR
Members of the Dojo of Pain gather at Hains Point at 6:00 in the morning for grueling 24-mile runs. Kavitha Cardoza met up with members of the dojo and brings us this audio postcard.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE #1
Well, I tell people we call ourselves a Dojo of Pain because Dojo of Fun was already taken.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE #2
It's not uncommon to have a 10 or 12-hour workday and it's not uncommon in my job to travel all over the world and it's actually one of the things that makes running ideal.
It's simple, don't need to spend a lot of money on gear or anything like that.
We run in the snow, we run on the ice.
I once heard someone say, you know, did you eat today? Did you sleep today? Did you breathe today? Then why didn't you train today? And that's kind of the ethos of this group.
These guys are some of my best friends, but a big part of what I get out of this group is every day we're out here I'm doing my best to try to beat them. The first year I was running with these guys what happened was we would do these gut busting workouts. We'd be doing 14 miles of really hard training and then later that night I would be going out and I'd be running, like, seven or eight more miles. And I wouldn't tell anybody I was actually running the seven or eight more miles either. I didn't want them to know that I was, like, getting in these extra workouts. But I must be kind of like losing my edge because last year I told everybody that that's what I had been doing the whole time.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE #3
As you keep going, eventually the goal is kind of get your body in like a state of distress.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE #4
When I first started, I was what they call a hobby jogger and I went into a race without a lot of training and that was extreme pain. But I guess I'm somewhat of a masochist so I went back for more.
The huge part of distance running is learning to endure suffering. Right. I mean, it's sort of -- maybe it's Buddhist that way in a way. A race is basically a test of who is willing to hurt more and hurt longer.
You just try to find mental tricks to make the pain stay away as long as possible.
Running training is a little like a large biological experiment.
I feel, I guess, dizzy and nauseous and really tired.
I feel great. It's like the best of coffee you can imagine.
I actually think it helps me with the office. I think I've, you know, been out running and gotten some sunshine, it's a lot easier to sit still at my desk.
This helps us relieve stress in a lot of ways. Sometimes you get so tired from this it sort of numbs you to the stress of everyday life.
It's thrilling. It's the greatest -- it's the greatest physical high that's out there and the more effort you put in, the better it feels in some ways. In some ways, the worst it feels.
That was Daniel Yi, Richard Rainey, Brian Savitch, Jeff King and P.J. Martinez. All members of the Dojo of Pain. To see photos of the runners and to find out if you've got what it takes to join the dojo, go to our website, metroconnection.org.
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