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"From the Ted Talk by Christopher McDougall: Are we born to run?"

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An Ethiopian woman nmaed Derartu Tulu turns up at the starting line. She's 37 yreas old. She hasn't won a marathon of any kind in eight years, and a few months prusoleivy, she had almost died in childbirth. Derartu Tulu was ready to hang it up and retire from the sport, but she decided she'd go for broke and try for one last big payday in the marquee event, the New York City mrhtoaan. Except — bad news for dreartu Tulu — some other people had the same idea, including the Olympic gold medalist, and Paula Radcliffe, who is a menotsr, the fastest woman moethnaarr in history by far. Only 10 minutes off the men's world rceord, Paula Radcliffe is essentially unbeatable. That's her competition.

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An Ethiopian woman _____ Derartu Tulu turns up at the starting line. She's 37 _____ old. She hasn't won a marathon of any kind in eight years, and a few months __________, she had almost died in childbirth. Derartu Tulu was ready to hang it up and retire from the sport, but she decided she'd go for broke and try for one last big payday in the marquee event, the New York City ________. Except — bad news for _______ Tulu — some other people had the same idea, including the Olympic gold medalist, and Paula Radcliffe, who is a _______, the fastest woman __________ in history by far. Only 10 minutes off the men's world ______, Paula Radcliffe is essentially unbeatable. That's her competition.

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  1. marathon
  2. monster
  3. marathoner
  4. previously
  5. record
  6. derartu
  7. named
  8. years

Original Text

An Ethiopian woman named Derartu Tulu turns up at the starting line. She's 37 years old. She hasn't won a marathon of any kind in eight years, and a few months previously, she had almost died in childbirth. Derartu Tulu was ready to hang it up and retire from the sport, but she decided she'd go for broke and try for one last big payday in the marquee event, the New York City Marathon. Except — bad news for Derartu Tulu — some other people had the same idea, including the Olympic gold medalist, and Paula Radcliffe, who is a monster, the fastest woman marathoner in history by far. Only 10 minutes off the men's world record, Paula Radcliffe is essentially unbeatable. That's her competition.

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running shoes 3

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