The Sunday Read: Ultra running? Watch your dick – literally

Well, who knew where you put your penis could matter so much in running? I’ve heard lots about the importance of posture, the way in which you land on your feet, where you should position your hips – but suddenly I have another bit of anatomy to track. And, honestly, I’m not sure what women are supposed to do – the cited article fails to offer any advice in that respect. At any rate, if you’re in the race for 50 miles or more, for the…er, long haul – so to speak – you may want to know how your dick could transform you into a better ultra marathoner.

Men’s Health offers up a piece on how to run a 100-miler (because I know you’re planning to do that this summer, anyway). Their advice: run like a girl and know where you’ve got your penis placed. Hey! I’m just passing along information here – don’t shoot the messenger – and that last bit of advice comes from no less an authority than ultramarathoner Ray Zahab. What’s that? You want to know where Ray Zahab keeps his penis placed? Well, then, you’ll have to check out:

Would you like to run well into your old age? Sure you would. Well then, hurry hard! That’s one piece of advice in a terrific Running Times article entitled Long May Your Run. Author Pete Magill says to enjoy running longevity you need to stay healthy, respect your recovery time and embrace change. The latter means, among other things, respecting life’s circumstances and the impact they may have and the changes in your own body. Learn to grow old gracefully as a runner here:

A lot of people saw the recent documentary The Perfect Runner, about the roots of barefoot and minimalist running. But perhaps you missed Run. The 47-minute film is available for streaming on Canada’s beloved public network, CBC.  The documentary “follows Saskatoon journalist and marathon runner Jason Warick as he journeys to Eldoret, Kenya to meet two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Kip Keino and to explore the major contributions Keino and other Kenyan athletes have made to their country.”  Watch the film here:

Maybe you’re interested in making the transition from shoes to barefoot running, but you’re not quite certain just how you go about doing this. Barefoot Ted McDonald is the guy to teach you. An important character in Christopher McDougall’s seminal book Born to Run, McDonald owns Luna Sandals and “has also become a leading spokesman for the wonders of barefoot running, particularly for those with injuries stemming from footwear.” Be silent and quicken your cadence are two pieces of advice, McDonald advises wanna-be sans shoe runners in an article in National Geographic Adventure. Learn more here:

To raise $250,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation ( you may have heard of that cause before), Iowa native Steve Cannon will attempt to become the first person to run the circumference of Lake Michigan, the world’s sixth largest lake. He will leave from Chicago’s Navy Pier at 9 a.m., Sunday, May 27 in what will amount to the equivalent of 40 marathons in 40 days, returning to the starting point on Thursday, July 5, a journey of 1,037 miles through four states. People will be able to “buy” a mile or a day of the run, with the proceeds going to Armstrong’s worthy charity. The run will receive an unprecedented amount of social media attention, including uploads to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and Cannon taking suggestions for motivating songs and play lists. Learn more here:


About subthree

A multiple award-winning journalist, I'm currently a contributing editor with both Canadian Running and Canadian Cycling magazines. My articles have appeared in Explore, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other magazines and newspapers. Formerly a competitive cross-country mountain biker, I switched to running in 2006. I've run seven marathons, qualifying for Boston five times (and which I've run once). Generally, I've placed or won in my age group in races, in distances ranging from five and 10 kms to half and full marathons. I've also taught spin classes at a number of leading Eastern Canadian gyms. Sub-three was a 2012 #Runchat finalist for Best Overall Blog.
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2 Responses to The Sunday Read: Ultra running? Watch your dick – literally

  1. Rob Jackson says:

    Coincidentally, I was having a discussion with a very accomplished Canadian triathlete today, about the problems caused by seams in compression shorts, particularly in the “penile” and “scrotile” areas. We’ve agreed the best thing is to avoid those shorts during long runs. I know this isn’t exactly on topic of “where to place your penis”, but it arises from the same general area.

    • subthree says:

      Seriously, salaciousness aside, that is an important topic – and not one we hear a lot about: the proper fit of shorts, compression, bike and otherwise. Certainly we know riding on the wrong kind of saddle can cause issues. I had no idea compression shorts could lead to issues. I’m guessing numbness results. Anything else?

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