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Extra, Extra, Run All About It: The Week In Running: 8/16-8/23

Posted Aug 27 2009 11:38pm
Dear readers, let's take a look back at the week in running:

* As reported in Science Daily on August 18th, we may be getting more high than we thought whenever we feel that runner's high after a great workout. Results of a study conducted by Robin Kanarek, PhD, of Tufts University and his team of researchers have found that extreme exercise may be physically addicting. After observing 44 male and 40 female rats who were allowed to either run in exercise wheels or remain inactive, Kanarek found that "Rats given a drug that produces withdrawal in heroin addicts went into withdrawal after running excessively in exercise wheels, according to new research. Rats that ran the hardest had the most severe withdrawal symptoms". While these results cannot be definitive proof that human beings can also become addicted to exercise, because rats and humans share many nervous-system traits,
researchers frequently carry laboratory findings like these out into the real world. Maybe the running world should engage in a tobacco-like marketing campaign and get kids hooked on exercise rather than smoking cigarettes in their adolescent years.

* As reported on 'the official website of Denmark' on August 20th, for those marathon runners out there who, unlike myself, love to be on the high seas, I've got just the marathon for you: The Tejn IF sports association from the island of Bornholm has just been granted permission to host a marathon on the 121m long and 24m wide ferry that connects Bornholm with Ystad in Sweden and Køge in Denmark. The article gave no indication as to how many laps the participants will have to do to complete the full marathon but did mention that "For those who may get dizzy, organizers have promised a half marathon and a
10km run on the same day, as well as a children’s race". Just thinking about boats tends to give me sea-sickness and, from my experiences, I am not sure whether running a 10K as opposed to a full marathon aboard a boat would do anything to stifle my nausea.

Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, August 29th

Sunday, August 30th
SSQ Quebec City Marathon/Marathon Des Deux Rives (Quebec City, QC)
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