This unit in the British Royal Marines did a whole marathon with forty pound packs on their backs. I think they did it in a little over four hours. Doing a marathon in three hours or less is considered pretty good among people who aren’t track athletes. Most people, myself included, would pass out if they had to run a mile with a forty pound pack on their backs. I think these Royal Marines set a world record.
I hear that some of the families with children in ukraine who were fleeing the country due to the invasion have to walk distances like that. Apparently it causes extreme weight loss in a bad way obviously. I was told this by a dude collecting money for a charity that sends little food packets to them. It was like a little sack of peanut butter. But of course it had more nutrients and stuff in it than just peanuts.
I remember a while back there was this idea among the cynical and the skeptical that many people facing starvation were too lazy to walk to an aid station. No one would voluntarily starve to death if there were any options at all. They don’t take those long walks because they are so draining for them. They’re already working at a calorie deficit. There is a chance that they might make that long walk, and the aid station might have moved already. They would burn precious calories walking long distances, and they would be much worse off than they were before.
We did a 25 mile hump in training when I was in the Marines. We had 60 pound packs though. We stopped a few times to change socks and care for our feet. It wasn’t so bad. I think I was 24 or 25.
Yes it’s possible but not likely
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