Do more of what you love: running
Megan Stewart, 51, is broke but happy. The New Zealand woman entered the Four Deserts (http://www.4deserts.com/) race series, running the four ultra-marathons over the same number of years. Most recently she returned from the Antarctica, where she ran the US$12,000 race. “I’m lucky, poor but lucky,” she told the Tarnaki Daily News Online. “I lived the dream.” There’s not a whole lot more to the story than that, which you can read here: http://bit.ly/1pcrqlR But the take-away is we can guess that Stewart has risked a lot to do what she loves, and that’s inspiration in and of itself.
New Zealand teen burns rubber
Okay, now that we got all soppy about the above story over at Sub-three, here’s one about guts, determination and…shoes. A New Zealand (this is coincidence; we’re not avidly reading New Zealand media at the moment) teenager may make us reconsider footwear race choices after he ran a half-marathon in 1:23:03…in a pair of Crocs. That’s no crock! He lost his runners before the race, so used the widely loathed rubber clogs to battle his way to 10th place. The jury is still out as to whether these are minimal or maximal shoes. And no word on whether there’s any truth to the rumour that Nike plans to manufacture a line of Air Crocs. The story is here: http://bit.ly/1uTZqTr
Saving lives…or complicating them?
Every year several runners collapse during races from a heart problem – and many die. Another instance just occurred in Hamilton during the annual Road2Hope Marathon. (http://bit.ly/1tuQH9H). Amidst that backdrop and the ongoing debate over running and whether it contributes to the risk of death from heart disease, Outside Magazine publishes a comprehensive piece on heart screening and why it’s controversial. According to a source in the article: “Advanced screenings are costly, have a high rate of false positives, and can lead to invasive—and risky—procedures.” The source? Dr. Barry Maron, lead author of the Heart Association’s new screening guidelines. It’s a fascinating piece that partially argues that well-meaning doctors often end up complicating runners’ lives with tests suggesting a heart issue, but which can lead to tests and operations that might actually cause as many problems as the problem they’re meant to solve. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/11pdydh
Marathon times decrease while short distance records lag
Finally, I know you’ve been staying awake nights wondering why marathon records are falling while 5 and 10 km times are remaining static. In the interests of helping you sleep better, Runner’s World has compiled some answers to that burning question. For example, the incentive of prize money – that’s right, baby, pure hard cash – could be motivating some of the shorter distance runners to go long. But that’s not the only reason and you can find out more here: http://bit.ly/1xIbJ7Z