The longer, gnarlier, and more remote the ultra run race, the fewer women we see. The sport is undoubtedly male dominated. Why?
In considering grit, we often think of those big moments that life tests us – surviving the loss of a loved one, bouncing back after the failure of a business venture, or finishing strong in a tough race.
One of the most frequently asked questions from my clients is “how do I prevent running injuries?”. The answer is not always straightforward, especially for athletes who are very tolerant of pain or even for newer runners who are building strength and experiencing the usual aches, pains and soreness of that process.
I recently read an interview with Ryan Hall, arguably the fastest American distance runner, who has run a marathon in under 2:05 and a half marathon in under an hour. In the interview, Hall describes not feelings of triumph and glory one would expect from such accomplishments during his career, but of feeling crushingly tired, weak and hungry. All the time.
The relationship between running and mental health has been thoroughly written about, widely discussed and thankfully taken out of the dark confines of the Taboo. All I can add to the conversation is my own experience – my journey through the confusing darkness of depression and eventually back toward a healthier happier place.
As runners, we all know that Pilates is good for us and that we “should” do it. But why? Pilates is much more than ab exercises and hamstring stretches.