There has been a lot of discussion over the past weeks/months over the growing concern about risks to heart health for endurance athletes. The Journal of the Missouri State Medical Association published a study that identified that “chronic” endurance exercise, (i.e. marathoning) is linked to surprising levels of arterial plaque even more so than compared to a sedentary control group. Another article on Active.com emphasizes how it is the volume beyond a normal one hour effort that puts us at risk. More specifically, “your body is designed to deal with oxidative stress that comes from exercise for the first hour… but prolonged intense exercise causes excessive oxidative stress, which basically burns through the antioxidants in your system and predisposes you to problems.”
“Dreaming Season”…it’s the time of year when we, as athletes, start to think of all the ways that we may go further, race smarter, and be better in the coming year. To kick off the dreaming season, November is all about YOU. We’ll be asking about YOUR dreams, sharing YOUR stories, and celebrating the possibility of what YOU could achieve in 2014.
I have rediscovered my love of running. The marathons I ran a few years ago crushed my enjoyment of all things running and it has taken a couple of years to get back my passion for running. How fitting that I should get it back shortly after completing my first Half Ironman and while training for my 10th Half Marathon race. The month of September 2013 and the beginning of October have truly been record breaking. I covered more miles in the last 4 weeks 150+ than I ever did over any 4 week span when training for marathons. I’ve been telling people that think I have finally figured out the training formula for injury free endurance sports. I will go more into that formula in a separate posts later this year when I have it all properly detailed out.