Lesson Nine: Running doesn’t damage your knees!
Poor form, not running in good shoes, increasing mileage too quickly and running on uneven surfaces cause knee damage. From the words of a 65 year old marathoner (who recently qualified for Boston!), “You’re more likely to do damage to your knees paying tennis, raquetball, baseball and football than running. These sports require twisting, turning, and sudden impact which can destroy the knee.”
Lesson Ten: We are not crazy! Yes, there are those that have been running most of their lives and they are just born to be runners. But the rest of us enjoy the challenge and the thrill of beating ourselves. We can become overly focused on the numbers, times and pacing – but as with any sport when you are passionate about something, it tends to consume your life.
Lesson Eleven: All marathons are 26.2 miles. I hit on this in Running 101, but it is worth emphasizing. I wouldn’t dare take the title of ‘marathoner’ at this point as I have not completed a full marathon, but after November 30th you bet I will be telling everyone! Calling someone a marathoner that hasn’t completed a marathon is sacrilegious in the running community! Be careful who you call a marathoner!
Lesson Twelve: “Why are marathons 26.2 miles?”
The marathon distance of 26.2 miles was established in 1908 so that Olympians could travel from Windsor Castle to White City Stadium in London. The royal family wanted their ‘viewing box’ to be located directly at the finish line and the previous distance of 24.85 miles was extended to make 26.2 miles or our modern day marathon.
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