A collection of recent running-related links across the Internet:* A new Centers for Disease Control study found that only 1 in 4 U.S. kids ages 12-15 gets the recommended amount of at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day. Not good, especially since a Swedish study concluded that "[e]very 15 percent increase in aerobic fitness in your teen years is associated with an 18 percent reduced risk of heart attack three decades later." (You can see why former Mrs. Oregon Tara Arnold, a frequent special guest at Uberthons events of late, used her crown to promote efforts to fight childhood obesity.)
* How do you maximize the likelihood of running for a lifetime? It may depend on why you run. If you’re just chasing absolute PRs, you may not stick with running, because inevitably, runners get slower with age. (Horrors!) But if you “place more emphasis on ‘the fascination of running, the intrinsic value of the athletic experience, the athlete community, traveling experiences, personal growth through sport and excitement in competitions,’ ” you may be more likely to stick with running even as those PRs fade in the rear-view mirror.
* It sounds crazy, but we probably don’t warm up hard enough. A new sports study found that runners who warmed up wearing a weight exercise vest performed better in the subsequent running test than those who went through the same warm ups but without the weighted vest. If you want to try this out, here are some weighted vests.
* Interested in a fitness monitor but unsure which one? Here’s a ranking of 26 of them . . . . Fitbit Force ranks #1. (Since I am mostly a runner, RunKeeper is the only fitness monitor/app/etc. that I need.)
* A Portland area runner reviews the Garmin Forerunner 220 on his blog.
* Maybe this is something to keep in the back pocket for the next time you want to ask for a raise: ultrarunners are healthier than than average worker, missing about 40 percent fewer days of work due to sickness.
* Jogging is not bad for older people:
[With] a lower incidence of knee osteoarthritis and hip replacement than age-matched walkers, with the adults who accumulated the most mileage over the course of seven years having the lowest risk, possibly, the study’s author speculated, because running improved the health of joint cartilage and kept them lean as they aged.
Yeah, the only thing that surprises me about this New York Times “Ask Well” post is that it defines “older” as “over 45 years old.” Over 45? That means Joe Dudman and I are older. Have you see how fast Joe runs?
* This is probably pretty obvious to a lot of Oregon runners, given the abundance of great running trails around, but “[t]rail running is almost a different sport” from road running. When I run in Tryon Creek, I’m about 90 seconds per mile slower than on hilly roads.