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On a gloomy morning, after a late night of watching old “Cheers” re-runs, my legs feel wobbly and my mind exhausted.
When the gray clouds in the sky match my inner atmosphere, the last thing I want to do is run, yet I know the inevitable will happen, and I’ll not succumb to laziness.
As always, fresh brewed coffee eases the transition from a dull, zombie-like state of mind, to a perkier, more alert, homework-completing running machine.
But popular opinion, from personal experiences, says that coffee can dehydrate a person and might cause cramps before exercising. Not so … says a well-liked running website.
Runnersworld.com says recent studies show that drinking coffee before a workout provides endurance and extra energy for distance runners.
While I’m sure I’ve figured this out from personal experiences, the article reassures my initial thought.
And throughout my college life, different professors have also uttered the benefits of enjoying a warm caffeinated beverage before class but by applying the benefits of coffee to the stimulation of mind, aiding students to think and better absorb information.
From my experience, coffee doesn’t seem to boost my physical athletic performance unless I consume more than usual. For example, I regularly drink two small cups of coffee a day. On a day where I feel a boost is needed, I’ll drink three small cups, and the extra jolt seems to provide a pick-me-up.
Although feelings of guilt might resonate through your body after the titillating sensation provided by a warm java, know that the benefits reaped from coffee aren’t considered performance-enhancing drugs unless consumed in vast quantities. And according to one study, a person might need to consume about eight cups of coffee to break any rules.
But I’m not running in any nationally recognized competition with superior athletes, and I doubt those runners rely on caffeine like I do – post-sitcom night.
Yet I need to run, and the late night “Cheers” marathon addiction my wife and I submit to might lead to a groggy morning, but the ever-present stimulating cup of coffee – always caffeinated – boosts my inner soul and physical strength before hitting the running trail.
Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Recreation center is putting on a festival called iCare this Saturday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m., which includes a 5k run/Walk and Youth 1k run.
The event costs $10 for students of CSUF and $20 for the rest of the community.
Signing up for the event earns you a free shirt, massage and pancake breakfast.
Visit this site for more information and to sign up.
My daughter and I will attend. I’ll be running and taking notes for a future blog post. My goal for the race is to finish with a time under 20 minutes.
By spending enough time outdoors, a runner realizes certain annoyances. In the city of Anaheim, and I’m guessing much of Orange County, gnats hover low to the ground in clusters, bugging everybody.
I’ve witnessed them at Angel Stadium, delaying a game because a swarm clouded the pitchers mound.
They always seem to travel in groups – little creatures creating more havoc then their size might otherwise allow.
I’ve figured out there is no avoiding a swarm of gnats on a run about the river trail. Ducking my head and closing my mouth seems to be the only solution. At times of heavy breathing I even find myself inhaling the little insects.
And when I return home, I wipe the bloody gnat carcasses from my sweaty face and neck. Like kamikaze’s, they’re more intent on obstructing my run, then living a long insect life.
Worst of all, when blowing my nose, I discover some flew threw my nostrils.
The swarms are hard to avoid while running in Anaheim, and the little buggers are part of my daily exercise.
When running in this town, one must learn to co-exist with the gnats of the Santa Ana River trail.
Trails occupied by runners, bikers and walkers sometimes can lead to social complexities. The etiquette for different athletes sharing a venue isn’t clearly defined. And when dealing with levels of adrenaline that athletes produce, a discussion about proper trail etiquette should transpire.
I offer in this post my ideas for proper etiquette when hitting the running /biking/walking/jogging trail. And I hereby dub the henceforth ideas, The Trail Etiquette Constitution …. Seriously.
That’s it. The governing body of the United Web (my dog, daughter and wife) has granted me the authority to establish a set of principles guiding etiquette while strolling local community trails. The rules are written in stone, and unless granted by a majority in the panel (me, and me alone) who created these rules, they shall not be changed. But posting your own ideas below are encouraged and will be taken into consideration.
Now go forth and run.
Running in a competitive race at the age of 40 impresses even the biggest skeptics. But setting world running records at the age of 60 should have the media world bowing in fervor.
Kathy Martin is doing just that. As re-called by writer Barry Bearak in a New York Times article “After late start, runner is speeding through records,” Martin’s inspiring story should be a wake up call to anyone who avoids running because they say that they’ve never been athletic.
Her young life never realized the potential waiting to explode, Bearak writes. She was stuck in a world of men who dominated the sports scene.
At the age of 30 she decided to change her life, following her husband on a routine jog, the article says. Ever since then, even at the young age of 60, the world belongs to her. Read the whole article here to grasp a better feel for her accomplishments.
Martin is proof that at an older age running can provide a younger vitality. She always has a goal to reach, and like a person should do with life, once she fulfills them, she doesn’t stop. She stands on her tippy toes and reaches higher.
As a humble average runner myself, when I’m 60, I’ll remember Kathy Martin to help me stay strong.