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While the allure of the gym — climate-controlled, convenient and predictable — is obvious, especially in winter, emerging science suggests there are benefits to exercising outdoors that can’t be replicated on a treadmill, a recumbent bicycle or a track.
Despite my more recent struggles with the outdoors, I agree with this completely. Outdoors physical fitness is the way to go. Correction: it’s MY way. Get out there: run, jump, explore, play! Sun, rain, snow, wind, night… there is so much awesome out there waiting for you.
From permanently dripping snot to unfortunate chafing, via blisters and athlete’s foot. […] There is, however, a flipside to the joy running can bring, in the shape of all the gross things you never really think about until you spend a lot of time doing it.
A great article on how running is more than just photoshopped images of women running in tight spandex or this.
I’ve released my own fair share of bodily fluids but I think my most interesting (read: hilarious/disgusting) experience from running was during the half-marathon I ran two years ago.
I was running along and enjoying my first ever race, feeling like I was some kind of immortal champion. I’m guessing that a higher power saw me from up above and decided to reign in a bit of my ego.
As I approach an older man (65+) I am all of a sudden assaulted by the most terrible stench that I have ever experienced. Rotting eggs & sulfur have nothing on this smell. The old man had farted and I ran right into it. Ugh. Just thinking about it now makes me shudder.
If you’re any kind of a regular runner, you’ll realize that running causes your body to jostle, jiggle, shake, and this includes many of your internal organs. It’s a natural fact: you’re going to spit, sweat, bleed, & release gas.
This guy could have steered himself to the sides and cut loose there but NOOOOOO I had to run into a god-damn fart!
It’s been a while since I’ve profiled another runner. I’m always looking for other inspired runners. People who are driven and love this sport for the thrill of it all and all that it brings. You can view the others here.
I’ve followed Emilio for a few months now on tumblr and Emilio asked, “Why profile me?” To answer your question: because I love how passionate you are about running. How hard you work. How you set goals and then break them. It’s inspiring. I mostly run for fitness & health, no real time for racing. So I choose to race vicariously through you.
Height/Weight: 6’ 175 lb
Occupation: Product Strategy
1) How long have you been running? When/why did you start?
I originally started running in 1991 when a friend said if you run the the Long Island Half Marathon I will too! I did it, trained at 4:30 AM and in the snow to be ready. He did not do the race!
2) What keeps you motivated?
Running, races of any distance (marathons etc.) are not bucket list items, I have long term goal to compete as a Masters Runner, and win at the Half and full Marathon distances. Running relieves my stress but is now incorporated into my everyday life so if I miss a training day there better be a real good reason and I might have to make up that missed session.
3) Do you follow a specific plan, training, running program?
Yes, Absolutely! I have a running coach who I work with to plan my training and race strategy. We have been working together for 2 years now, Marc Pelerin http://www.trainwithMarc.com
4) How often do you run?
I run between 5 and 6 days a week, except during the “rest” section of my training cycle. I have done my last race of the year this past Saturday so I will only run 2 or 3 days a week for the next few weeks to “rest” before starting 2013 training.
5) What is your favourite thing about running?
I am nearly totally in control of my performance, no one to blame, nothing, if I do the work there are tangible results. Most of all its about ‘Being Calm’ after a run.
6) What is your least favourite thing about running?
Getting up to run in the cold.
7) Shoes or Barefoot?
8) With headphones or without?
Totally naked, ok…no headphone. But always a Garmin or know my pace on a treadmill.
9) Do you race? If so - why?
It’s the test, did I improve? am I working hard enough? I could not run or train without a goal. Life is nothing without goals.
10) Ideal pre-race/post-race meals? (If you do not race - then you can ignore this question.)
Pre-race, pasta or fried rice with hunan-chicken and veggies or Pizza.
11) Most embarrassing running moment/memory?
Any time anyone sees me during a race walking. I am not embarrassed about finishing last in a race: it was 10K run, 45 mile bike and 10K run, the ambulance followed me for 3 miles only 91 of the 135 starters finished.
12) Solo runner or with a friend?
I am bad at running with anyone, I have learned to run with my partner and family as the pacer. I do have one friend I can run with although it becomes unconsciously competitive.
13) Why do you use a running coach?
I use a running coach because my goals are about more than just finishing and fitness. I am naturally competitive and needed to find someone who could help me improve. my coach, after 2 years knows me, I am self motivated so will do the workouts needed but, not blindly from something that someone posted as a plan. The plans I get are targeted towards me and my specific goals and races. And it has worked!
14) If you had to give some advice to someone just getting into the sport: what advice would you give?
The first 2 weeks are the hardest, make it a habit, running at the same time, have a plan after signing up for a race and tell EVERYONE! its about accountability, it will make you go out and just do it, the race gives you the goal.
If anyone else is interested in having a profile listed. Just hit me up via the tumblr and I’ll happily shares. Keep running. Enjoy the pavement. Kill it.
“ The idea isn’t to hold on, or mentally catalogue. It’s about allowing sensory information to wash over me, unmuted by everyday distractions. I simply let go, and feel. ~ S.”
“ It is while running or thinking of running, Hall said, that he feels most conversant with and dependent on God.”
Shit is getting real over at Reading Ardor. Also, we’re drawing near to the end of our project. :( So get in on the crazy Nabokov love while there’s still crazy to be had.
I tend to be full of snark about these types of news stories. ‘Top 10 Reasons to Eat Beets!’ to ‘Walk more.’ ‘Pee while standing up.’ etc. There’s always something that we should or shouldn’t be doing and most of these are obvious but I guess humans are a forgetful and lazy bunch. We must remind ourselves of the good things in life.
So I present to you the ‘Top 10 Health Benefits of Running’:
- Physical Strength
- Weight Loss
- Heart Health
- Prevent High Blood Pressure
- Reduce Effects of Diabetes
- Lessen Effects of Asthma
- Personal Control
- Increase Bone Density
- Overall Mental Health
- Joint Strength & Stability
Seems pretty obvious but there you have it. Just a few of the ways that runners benefit from our sport. Enjoy the pavement.