The game theory/ultra running connection: Lisa Donchak at TEDxSacramento

19/11/2012 19:59:59

Running is a mental game. How do ultramarathoners motivate themselves to run 20, 50, or 100- mile races? It turns out that running is as much a mental game as a physical game.

Lisa Donchak is a Business Strategist for Google: Google Apps. She's an accomplished ultramarathoner, having completed over 20 marathons and ultramarathons, including four 50-mile races and a 100-mile race, as well as the 2012 Boston Marathon by the time she was 24. Earlier this year, she competed in the first annual Inca Trail Marathon, a 26.2-mile race at 13,000 feet of altitude, ending in Machu Picchu.

Lisa graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Santa Cruz. During her undergraduate career, she studied behavioral economics at Oxford University and helped spearhead the first undergraduate program in game theory at UCSC. She currently lives in San Francisco, California and aspires to run a marathon on every continent.

Michael Kwon

the TED talk brand is so diluted now.

07/04/2016
Pursue Yourdreams

Lisa, thanks for sharing your Hundred Mile Run, with us, we needed it

15/02/2016
dr

where is the game theory here.....

23/01/2016
connor williams

Where's MatPat

20/07/2015
John Karavitis

When is this hippie going to get to the game theory part of her chit chat?

08/05/2014
Kiana Farr

Okay so I this really has nothing to do with game theory at all ... this is just the story of someone who runs 100 miles which for all of you who don't know is very much like the story of every other person who runs 100 miles. 

09/12/2013
joaquinBaptiste

TED talks are the biggest scam of this age. Over and over again you get sexy new age headlines, the promise of hipness and edginess,..... and no substance. In spite of the "game theory" headline, the only content period in this speech comes in the last few seconds when she tells us, as if we didn't know, that it takes perseverance to run 100 miles. The inspiration comes from the fact that she exists and did the races -- and tremendous props to her. But these TED talks are vacuous.

23/10/2013
Dax Ross

Good stuff.

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