“What I think about when I think about running”

Richard Anderson on running:

In April, I started the Couch to 5K training program. As I write this, I’m in week 7, having missed some time due to travel, injury, and other issues. I run because I want to be in better shape. I want to lose weight, and stave off an early death from a life spent sitting. I do not run because I like it. In fact, I hate running.

I run twice a week. I use the Nike Plus app. When I rate the run I never ever ever use anything above the middle face with the flat mouth. I don’t smile. I convinced myself I do this for fresh air and so I can sleep better.

This and the “look better naked” mantra is the only reason I exercise. There is no mindfulness. There is no zen moment. There’s only a feeling that this sucks and that I’m doing this for the right reasons.

Good to the Last Drop

I thought I’d give The Magazine another try. It helps that they deliver issues to Kindle.

Anyway, this article explores the use and marketing of caffeine products in marathons and how it’s dangerous.

“The very spot where you can see the finish line first is where these people get sudden death. It’s unbelievable,” he says. “The added rush of adrenaline that you know you’re going to finish. That’s where their heart stops.”

It’s a serious problem with a solution marathon runners won’t want to hear. Stop running marathons.