Running…Amazing Truth And Facts!(Part2)

26 02 2009

11. Asthmatics can be athletes, too. Of the 597 members of the 1984 U.S Olympic team, more than 10% had asthma…Haile, the the man who broke his own record of 2 hours 4 minutes in the 42 kms just recently, is also asthmatic.

12. Are you carrying too much fat? Try this quick test: While standing with erect posture, grab a section of flesh between your thumb and fingers, about one to two inches to the side of your navel. If the fold of skin is less than an inch thick, then you probably don’t need to worry about excess body fat.

13. Be honest with yourself when you’re assessing whether you should see a doctor before starting to run. Running doesn’t cause heart problems, but if you have an underlying one, it can aggravate it.

14. Don’t try this at home: When Patti Catalano, who eventually held the American record in the marathon, decided to start a running program, her first run is almost 12 kms. She could barely walk, much less run, for more than a week afterwards.

15. The talk test is a way to know whether you’re running at the proper pace to boost your endurance. You should be able to carry on a conversation while you run. If you can only say one or two words at a time, you’re running too fast!

16. Beginners aren’t the only ones who are occasionally plagued by side stitches. Todd Williams, who is a two-time Olympian in the 10k, got such a bad side stitch in a 15k in March 1997 that he had to drop out of the race while leading.

17. Don’t try to change your form all at once or overnight.

18. You’ll see a lot of runners wearing portable headphones. Don’t be one of them. When you run wearing your headphones, You’re surrendering one of your main ways of staying alert. You won’t be able to hear cars and potential bad guys. Save the music for getting psyched to run beforehand or for relaxing afterward.

19. Devise your running loops with smaller loops in mind. That way, if you run into trouble or just don’t feel up to your original plans for the day, you can cut your run short.

20. Jimmy Carter knew the value of setting aside time for running long before he became president. He was a member of the cross-country team while a student of the Naval Academy. Michael Dukakis, who unsuccessfully ran for Carter’s former job in 1988, also came to politics with a running history. In 1951, he finished 57th at the Boston Marathon in 3 hours, 31 minutes.

Source: Bill Rodgers, won the New York City And Boston Marathon 4 times each and still holds the fifth fastest American record in a marathon (2:09:27)-The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Jogging And Running with Scott Douglas.

” Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” 1 tim. 1:15

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