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The Marathon Rookie Times, Issue #0030
December 19, 2006
When preparing to go for a run, we often overlook one of the most important little details: Sunscreen. With increased sun exposure, runners naturally increase their risk of skin cancer, particularly if they are not protecting their skin. In addition, researchers speculate that changes in the immune system of marathon runners, due to intense training, may heighten the risk even more (Click to view CNN article).
Be proactive to protect your healthy skin by applying sunscreen before every run in the sun. Sunscreen should be applied at least fifteen minutes before exposure to the sun and re-applied as directed on the label of the sunscreen. Make it a point to do this so that it becomes a habit. While your running goals are important, nothing is more important than your safety.
While it does not pose the danger of the sun, acne may appear when you begin to really pile on the miles each week. After cooling down from the workout, enjoy a nice relaxing shower or bath following each run to help prevent acne. After all, what is more refreshing than a nice shower after a strenuous workout?
Recently, I was asked what my opinion is on slow runners. More specifically, “are slow runners ruining the sport?”
For many, running is a highly competitive sport. For the majority, it is not.
Should someone not lift weights because others are stronger? Should someone not read a book because others read faster? Should the Detroit Lions not show up to their football games because the other teams are better? Should some not run because other runners are faster?
Why would someone care if less speedy runners are finishing marathons? After all, the faster runner does not have to worry about the less speedy runners getting in their way or slowing them down since they would be behind the faster runner. Having more participants in marathons also creates a more lively atmosphere at events with more fan support for all runners. The only thing I can logically speculate is that with the growing number of people finishing marathons, some experienced marathoners may feel their accomplishments are diminished, in their own eyes or in the eyes of others.
Why put someone down one who is trying to better themselves or achieve a lofty goal? The reality is there are snobby runners out there. The good thing is they represent a small minority of the running population. Just let them suffer in their snobbery and keep running!
So, for any less speedy runner out there who may be embarrassed by their lack of speed: You are the only one that matters and need not be concerned about the speed of others or feel insecure because others are faster. The only competition is yourself. Give it your personal best and you simply cannot lose.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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