I can always count on some encouragement from this guy when I run by in the morning! I wonder if he (or she) will be out today?
I thought this was an interesting article about running too much. It sounds like there is no conclusive answer, but I am glad to hear that being a relatively amateur runner (a couple times a week for 3-4 miles) seems to be pretty good from a health perspective. Some highlights:
“… runners on average had a 19 percent lower risk of death during the study period (1971-2002) than a control group of nonrunners. The runners with the lowest death rate were those who ran less than 20 miles a week in 2 to 5 days of running at a pace of about 8:35/mile. Runners who ran more, or more days, or faster, had higher death rates.”
More good news: you don’t have to be super speedy either! (Although often I am more in the 9:00-9:30/mile pace.)
“… a group of 60+ year-old runners had half the death-rate of a matched group of their nonrunning peers. They also had much more “functionality,” and their improved-health gap vs. their peers appeared to be increasing with age.”
I imagine that the occasional half marathon is not too bad! (Especially if it gets you to come down from 318 lbs!)
Happy New Year!
Here are our stats for the finish of the year, hope everything is going well in 2012 and hope everyone will have an even better year than 2011!
Running miles: 538.9
Cycling miles: 1388.9
Rock climbing hours: 54.4
- January 1, 2011: 285 lbs
- December 31, 2011: 220 lbs
We have not nailed down any goals for 2012 yet, but I think the theme will be to exercise smarter (not necessarily trying to beat these mileage numbers). Perhaps it will include more strength training and more frequent runs of shorter mileage, as well as more walks!
Do you have goals for 2012?