The number one sign I haven’t been running as much lately
"Oh, hey, my toenails almost look like I could paint them again."
One of the most entrenched beliefs about running, at least among nonrunners, is that it causes arthritis and ruins knees. But a nifty new study finds that this idea is a myth and distance running is unlikely to contribute to the development of arthritis, precisely and paradoxically because it involves so much running.
This article does, of course, also highlight the fact that arthritis isn’t the only knee problem out there.
I miss weather that allows me to run outside more often. Snow is fine. But not every day for a week. I’m just not used to this lake effect Midwestern weather and I’m definitely going to fall on my ass one of these days with the ice. Really I just miss running all the time and feeling safe(ish) while running and should probably just suck it up and get my ass out there.
An interesting look at disordered eating and runners that I find not only to be personally relevant, but important for those I care about.
A study in mice suggests that exercise affects our circadian rhythms, and in turn our health, and the impact may be most beneficial if the exercise is undertaken mid-day.
Source: The New York Times
I’ve got one month of training left for the Detroit Free Press Marathon. So far my training has been better than last year’s. Granted, I gave myself 16 weeks to train (versus 9 or 10 last year), could already run 7 miles when I started (versus not being able to run 2), and training for a fall race seems to be a bit more enjoyable than one in July. I’m feeling relatively confident, at least I was on Sunday after running 20 miles. I haven’t been having much knee or ankle pain, which was a constant with last years training and I’m hoping that the actual marathon doesn’t bring out any of the persistent aches from last year. I haven’t been perfectly following the training schedule I bought, but really at times its impossible at Kalamazoo College to follow any schedule that I’d like to have. I’m hoping this next month goes smoothly, with enough sleep (unlikely), not too much drinking (unlikely given that my SIP draft is due Monday), and no injuries. I’m hoping to cut an hour off of my time from the last marathon, however likely or unlikely that may be. Though that one was pretty damn slow (as a side note, I would not recommend running anyone’s first marathon in Vermont unless you live and train in mountains). Detroit is supposedly flat, I get to run to Canada, and at least the map shows more than one port-a-potty on this route. Anyways, this is another post about one of the few things I do besides school and I’m procrastinating my SIP and that’s just another thing stressing me out besides all of this running.
Time to start actually running on a schedule to train for a marathon. For the past two years I have signed up for a marathon on my birthday, a gift to myself you could say. Last year that gave me too little time to train, resulting in a subpar race time (though I finished the damn thing, so that’s something). Last year was about setting a huge goal for myself and getting it done. Too much of my Sophomore year was spent wallowing and thinking that I couldn’t get anything done that I set my mind to. This year, the marathon I signed up for, the Detroit Marathon, is not until October 21st. So that gives me, let’s see, eighteen weeks to train. A good amount. And this year, I’m running to pay attention to my body, to see what it can do, to make sure I treat it right. Especially after this last quarter’s drinking, poor eating habits and lack of sleep. And I’d like to improve last year’s time by an hour. Once again I’ll be running with my friend from Connecticut. She’ll be graduated and working, I’ll be stressed out about SIP stuff I’m sure. But this marathon will be something I’m going to look forward to, take a break for, and just go out and do. And hopefully do well at.
There are plenty of questions that merit asking, I’m sure. When will I die, and how? But rare is the film that is remembered for its final shot....