Do couples who run together benefit from their shared passion?
There comes a time when couples will experience tension in their relationship. Being with one person can pose new difficulties unheard of by those who may be single… but they do exist. For some, relationship counselling may be beneficial; for others, not so much. Fortunately, there is still hope for any relationship encountering friction – it’s just not something which is often proposed, but should be considered. In this article, I’m going to be discussing how running a marathon with your partner can be a far more effective, natural way to build a strong and everlasting relationship.
As your body begins to age, you may notice you aren’t as ‘able’ to train as much as you were when you were in your 20s (or younger). That’s not to say you should quit running at all (quite the opposite, actually), but slight adjustments to your training pattern should be considered, especially as some of the physical attributes to your body begin to hinder, such as your aerobic capacity, metabolism slows, and your body fat increases. These are a few of the different effects aging can have on your body, and is more evident with marathon runners. Not to worry: I’m going to help you see the light with your marathon running training, by providing you with some tips you can use to enhance your marathon running!
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Written by Ants
Tuesday, 04 November 2014
Posted in Articles
250km in the Green Kalahari
The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon! Known as South Africa’s Big Daddy, this 7-day adventure is not for the faint of heart. This past weekend, 70 endurance athletes from all over the world converged at Augrabies in the Northern Cape to compete in this experience of a lifetime. They will be running (self-sufficiently) for a total of 250km through some of the toughest terrains, ranging from green vineyards to rocky outcrops and of course the Kalahari desert, ending on Friday 7 November.
The knee joint is the largest and most complicated joint in the body. As a runner it is also one of the peskiest joints when it comes to injury. As a Pilates instructor, I find that ITB (Iliotibial Band Syndrome) is not only one of the most common injuries that people seek help for, but it is also the most common injury that athletes try and avoid. ITB is caused by the iliotibial band. The Iliotibial band is a thick band of fibers that begins at the iliac crest (the border of the most prominent bone of the pelvis) in the pelvis and runs on the lateral or outside part of the thigh until it attaches into the tibia (shinbone). The gluteal or buttock muscle fibers and the tensor fascia latae (muscles of the hip joint) attach to it, and the band acts to coordinate muscle function and stabilize the knee. The ITB, which is like hard plastic, rubs against the lateral femoral epicondyle, which creates a pain and inflammation on the outside of the knee. Tightness is also felt on the outside of the knee and pain turns to burning or stinging during running (especially on downhills).
There has been a lot of opinions on compression & cold water immersion as means of recovery, taking into account recent research on Compression Garments and Cold Water Immersion which I will cover in this article.
All runners have a training program. Some runners are highly disciplined and never miss a day on their schedule. Others are so erratic they have a hard time calling it a training program, more of a “run whenever time allows”. Both these styles have potential pitfalls related to over training. The disciplined runner can over train due to lack of proper rest and packing in more training than the body can withstand. The run whenever you can type may overdo it when they have the time, enjoying it so much on the day they forget that their body is untrained for the distance they are running on the day, and so pay for it afterwards.
Pilates and running are two exercise disciplines that on their own make sense. But just as peanut butter is good on its own, it becomes better when you add jam. Jam is the Pilates of running, making your running style, speed and endurance just that little bit sweeter.
As humans we have several unique biomechanical and physiological adaptations that make us the long distance champions of the land mammals. When your friends and family tell you that running is bad for you, you can hit back with these incredible facts.
Humans started running about 2 million years ago.
We are not the fasted runners on land, however, Bramble and Lieberman say “it’s our combination of reasonable speed and exceptional endurance”, that worked for us in the past as hunters. A good hunter can outrun an antelope over long distances and this persistence hunting to exhaustion method is still used by the Bushman today. Bramble and Lieberman think that running may have driven our evolution to give us the anatomy and physiology we have today.