Did Canadian marathoner Dylan Wykes lose Olympic gold because he tweeted too much? That’s what Running World columnist Mark Remy suggests. Remy worked up a graph correlating the number of tweets to the success of Olympic marathoners and suggests – tongue firmly in cheek – that those who tweeted the most performed the least. He found that winner, Ugandan runner Stephen Kiprotich, had no Twitter account and so therefore didn’t tweet at all. On the other hand, “Number 20, at the bottom of the y axis, is Dylan Wykes, a Canadian who ran 2:15:26. He sent 12 tweets in the two weeks preceding race day.” Remy equates too many tweets with a lack of focus on running and while he’s joking, maybe he’s onto something – especially if you consider his scientific methodology: “To test this hypothesis, I hunkered down with a bottle of
oatmeal stouthypothesis juice and pored over the data. ” Sounds like Remy’s been studying Subthree’s scientific approach. The full story here: http://bit.ly/SiVIgC
So it’s okay to drink while you’re hypothesizing about running, but what if you’re prepping for a race? Over at Time.com, runner and author Hal Higdon strongly discourages you from party rockin’.
Higdon definitely does not want to see you indulging in the kind of behavior depicted above. ““If your drinking regime includes a glass or two of wine at dinner or the occasional beer on a Friday evening, that’s not going to be a problem,” says Hal Higdon, author of Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide. “It’s a problem when you go out on a Friday evening and hang out a bar for three hours and throw down a half a dozen bottles of beer.” No surprises, the recommendation is moderation. A few drinks aren’t bad, but it’s best to limit your consumption. Oh, and don’t tweet so darn much. The story is here: http://ti.me/RdzP7t
Play clean, kids. That’s the message from pro cyclist Jonathan Vaughters, who got caught for doping and now advocates in a New York Times think piece that bikers, runners and others eschew using drugs in order to create a level playing field for all athletes. “If you just said no when the antidoping regulations weren’t enforced, then you were deciding to end your dream, because you could not be competitive. It’s the hard fact of doping,” Vaughters states. The former Tour de France riders regrets having used drugs in competition, but he argues: “THEN, just short of finally living your childhood dream, you are told, either straight out or implicitly, by some coaches, mentors, even the boss, that you aren’t going to make it, unless you cheat. Unless you choose to dope.” Read the piece here: http://nyti.ms/Np072U
Yet another study on running and heart disease, this time one saying that endurance athleticism does contribute to damage to the vital muscle. Outside Magazine reports: Chronic over-exercisers, writes “Dr. James O’Keefe, lead author of the MCP review and a cardiologist at St. Luke’s Hospital, in Kansas City, Missouri, may develop scarring and calcification inside their ventricles and arteries.” Call it post-Micah True scare syndrome. Outside’s writer is quick to raise the ultrarunner and his recent death from heart failure. Several studies have refuted that marathoning causes heart failure; this one doesn’t labour that point, but rather posits that “super-athletes” who use running for therapy more than recreation may be at risk. A full read of the article here http://bit.ly/R8dfJI shows that in fact nothing is nailed down when it comes to running and heart disease. Just don’t party rock and tweet, okay?