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Extra, Extra, Run All About It: The Week in Running, November 15 - 22

Posted Nov 22 2009 10:00pm

Extra Extra

By Peter Washkowitz

Dear Readers, Let's take a look back at the week in running:

As reported in the Washington Post on November 18th, it would seem that my hatred of walking and cell phones when exercising is very well-founded indeed. In a study conducted by the University of Illinois , researchers not only found that people who talk on cell phones while crossing the street took much longer to get to the other side than did those who weren't gabbing with pals but also that, when it came to adults 60 years old and higher, those talking and walking had a 15% higher chance of getting run over than did they non-talking fellow octogenarians. Employing a treadmill to simulate a 'virtual environment,' this study is evidence of the dangers inherent in both walking and talking. The only clear solution: Do as I do: run and stay mute!!

As reported by a Google news subsidiary on November 19th, maybe a recession isn't so unhealthy after all. In fact, it may be one of the biggest catalysts in helping to fight America's growing obesity problem. In a year that has seen fortunes vanish, jobs dry up and growth becoming a forgotten concept, "some 9.2 million people completed a certified foot race in the United States in 2008, up from 3.7 million in 1987. Of those, 425,000 completed a marathon -- 26.2 miles, or 42.2 kilometers -- and 715,000 ran a half-marathon, according to Running USA, a non-profit group that promotes running. That's up from 143,000 marathon runners in 1980". While I would have thought the reason for this increase in runners during bad economic times would be the fact that running is a relaxing activity that calms the mind and distances it from the woes of the world , according to the article which cites, Ryan Lamppa of Running USA , the actual cause of the increase is the fact that, "We live in a financially uncertain, violence-scarred world, and running 'gives you something to control -- you can't control the stock market or the economy, but you can control your health'". Either way, the fact still stands that, as a runner who loves the camaraderie found in running corrals the world over, I can't wait for the next recession!
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Next Weekend's Marathons

Thursday, November 26th
Atlanta Marathon (Atlanta, GA)

Saturday, November 28th
Mississippi Coast Marathon (Waveland, MS)
Baltimore Road Runners Club North Central Trail Marathon (Sparks, MD)

Sunday, November 29th
Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon (Seattle, WA)
Space Coast Marathon (Cocoa, FL)

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