Marathon training is going well. Since rocking the Eugene Half Marathon I have been in somewhat of a holding pattern as I finished up the master’s paper. In addition, avoiding injury is really important to me. However, I did find the following article interesting: Really, Really Long Bouts of Exercise May Be Bad for You.
New Research Says Endurance Running May Damage Health. Really? Have any of you been concerned about the strain that running more than 30-miles per week puts on your body? I have not been concerned about it… mainly because I was only running 30 or more miles for just a few weeks before I actually ran the Eugene Half Marathon. After the half marathon was done I backed my mileage down to 8 to 12 miles per week. But I was unaware of health issues potentially being associated with running more than 30-miles per week.
On a bright side, this research makes me feel better about how I train for marathons. Sometimes if I don’t feel good… I don’t run. Some days if I am having a great day… I don’t run. And when I am running, if something doesn’t feel right… I shorten my planned distance for that day. And I walk if I need to walk.
Some weeks I felt guilty for not being a dedicated runner, even though, at the end of the day the only person judging me is me. But this story makes me feel better about how I cater my running to how my body feels, instead of to a strict running program.
The Wall Street Journal, which is where the original story appeared, is titled: The Exercise Equivalent of a Cheeseburger. I was aware of knee and ankle problems, but I had never considered heart issues. What do you think? Were you aware of potential issues for running long distances such as the increased risk of heart disease?
Earlier this year I heard about the financial struggles faced by Womenspace, a domestic violence resource located in Eugene Oregon. Services provided by Womenspace include crisis intervention, advocacy, and education. The financial struggles forced Womenspace to close its walk-in advocacy program. When I heard this I wanted to help but was unsure how.
I began a fundraising drive with IR4C.COM. Through this platform you can make tax deductible contributions Womenspace. I know for many people the economy is hard right now. But domestic violence does not go away in a bad economy. My guess is that it gets worse.
I was, and still am, raising money for Womenspace. I cashed out the first round of donations, which was $74… that went directly to Womenspace. When I ran the Eugene Half Marathon, I wore a Womenspace shirt to help promote them. I felt like I worked hard… but, how do I raise more money for this next marathon in Canby? If you have not heard of Fauja Singh, he has raised thousands of dollars for charity through his marathon runs.
“His last [race] before complete retirement (he will continue jogging for leisure I am sure) will be the 10-K at the Hong Kong Marathon on 24 February,” Harmander Singh wrote in an e-mail to Runner’s World Newswire. “He is honoring a commitment and was invited to run again, being the highest charity fundraising individual last year (HKD $104,000).”–Runner’s World
Granted, being 101 would be a great attention getter… but Womenspace needs money now, and I won’t 101 for over half a century.
So how do I raise $100s or $1000s for Womenspace considering I am not 101-years-old? Your comments, suggestions, and help are appreciated.
What does it mean to have a personal record? I am 37 years old, and I am wondering if it is okay to “reboot” some of my personal records? A couple weeks ago I ran the fastest mile ever while training for this marathon. That mile time was 7 minutes and 4 seconds.
That is a record for my marathon training, but it is not a personal record. I ran much faster when I was in high school. Even though I am happy with the 7:04 time, I also know it is not a real personal record. On the other hand, is it possible for my 37-year-old body to run at my young high school speed? I honestly cannot remember what I ran in high school. I was not a great long distance runner. On the days I did not feel well in high school I ran around a 6 minute mile which was slow. Monday I will give it another go to get into the 6 minute mile range. Even if it is 6:59 it counts.
Currently I count the 7:04 as my personal best because I rebooted my personal records. If there are any running purists out there who are offended, I would love to hear your input as to why rebooting my personal records might be sacrilegious in the running world. After all, these are personal records not Olympic records.
I did set an all-time “real” personal best on Saturday. I ran 8.14 milies in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 28 seconds. When I calculated that out I figured I would run a 2 hour, 3 minute half marathon time if I kept that pace … but my math and other thinking skills have been a little wonky over spring break 😀
Current personal records:
1 mile – 7:04 (previous 7:55)
4.07 miles – 35:57 (previous 36:40)
8.14 miles – 1:16:28 (previous, um, really fast??)
12.21 miles – 2:07 (previous, also reeeeallly fast… trust me)
13.56 miles – 2:18:48 (previous record, ran 13.56 miles without stopping to walk)