Posted: November 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Have you ever wondered why some people are never interested in running a marathon? Research on motivation says it might be something to do with their brains….

Health & Family

Are you the kind of person who is always “on,” constantly driven to achieve? Or are you more of a slacker type, less motivated by the promise of material reward?

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Boston Globe has a good article on how various body parts work during a marathon and how the marathon affects them.

http://www.boston.com/interactive/graphics/20090416_marathonbody/

Marathon running is like having a love affair. Both are risky but rewarding. Pastors frown upon love affairs and it is the same thing in marathon running.  Physicians will deter people from running marathon distances, but it’s such a powerful allure that it becomes greater than risk of hamstring injury.

You might be apprehensive at first but it only gets better

Tom Holland, running coach and author of “The Marathon Method,” tells his clients that running for 3 miles was horrible for him too, but farther down the road things changed.

“It happens for different people at different times and different distances: that runner’s high,” he said. Holland calls it a cardiovascular turning point where the run becomes exponentially easier.

“There’s a point where the run becomes enjoyable,” he said. “Whether this happens at 8 or 10 or 12 miles down the road, it will happen,” he said.

When you start it will feel like hell but if you stick at it, it gets easier and better.

It can be addictive

Qualitative evidence for the runner’s high suggests that for those prone to its euphoria, it probably contributes to running’s addictive quality.

Marathon running is not for everyone

Long-distance running seems to be appreciated by those who enjoy solitude – or periods of solitude – and are OK with monotony. Richard Finn, spokesman for New York Road Runners, organisers of the New York City Marathon, agrees that long distances do not suit everyone.

“Running 26.2 miles is a big, bold brash undertaking,” he said. “You’ve got to put heart, soul, mind, body in it for months. It’s like climbing Mount Everest. Not everybody should be doing it.”

He said a runner is a runner whether you’re doing a marathon or a five-kilometre (3.1-mile) race.

If you feel 42K is not for you, go for 5K, 10K or 21K races.

Source of material : Reuters Health article

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There are actually a number of ways in which your Garmin device will calculate how many calories you’ve burned.  And not unexpectedly, the accuracy level varies based on which method you use.  Some methods offer a rudimentary guesstimate, while others are based on scientific testing that’s then imported into your device to get far more accurate results.

So, let’s walk through each of the five major methods, starting with the most accurate, and working our way down the list to the less accurate.

1) New Leaf VO2 Test Profile

2) Firstbeat Algorithm

3) FR60 Heart Rate Algorithm

4) Speed/Distance Algorithm

5) Power Meter to get Kilojoules

Article courtesy of Sports Watches

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Making Marathon Eco Friendly

Posted: February 25, 2008 in marathon running

The going green movement seems to have caught up with marathons. Last weeks Tokyo marathon made effort to reduce the marathons impact on environment.

The ugly side of a marathons is the use of plastics that are littered everywhere. Although I have to say I find it fun to kick the empty water bottles that runners throw on the road.

The organisers of Tokyo marathon used the following ideas to make the marathon one of the most eco friendly events on the planet.

Use of Solar Energy

The PA system was powered using solar panels fitted on a truck. The 350 solar panels fitted on the truck can generate electricity to power two houses.

Use of Reusable plates.

At Nairobi marathon, runners are only served with free water but at Tokyo Marathon, free food is part of the deal! Thats sweet! Meals provided to participants were served on reusable plates, while sports drinks were served using paper cups.

Making the marathon green seems to have attracted green movement fanatics, like one spectator told the Japanese press “At other marathon events, paper cups and other kinds of garbage are often dropped on roads. I like this event because it’s ecologically conscious,” said a 70-year-old man from Yokohama

See the following Japanese website on how they are revolutionising how we run. DONT WORRY THE SITE IS IN ENGLISH.