* “Why Running Hurts Every Part of Your Body“; Answer: I don’t know, maybe because you’re going too fast? In all seriousness, this column might make sense if you understand it as addressing why, when you start a new exercise regime, it’s going to be hard at first no matter how you approach it. But there’s no reason to think this is unique to running. I mean, if you haven’t been lifting weights, and you go start with light dumbbells, you’re probably going to feel quite a bit of DOMS….
* Is it wimpy to adjust (i.e., downgrade) a hard workout? Here’s some advice on when to push through when you want to give up or ease up, and when to take a break.
* Exploring Hong Kong by running trails. I sort of do this too. I keep a list of States that I’ve been running in, and one factor for whether to go on conferences is whether they place in a State that I haven’t gone running in yet. So far, I’ve marked off Alaska*, California, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. (And British Columbia, if you want to count Canadian provinces.) Alaska carries an asterisk because while I was technically inside Alaskan boundaries, I was on a cruise ship along the inside passage, so it kind of feels like cheating.
* I’m guessing that most readers already use a smartphone + GPS tracking app like RunKeeper, or a GPS watch, but in case you are wondering what else is out there in the world of tracking apps, here’s a slideshow with comments about 11 different ones. I used to use RunKeeper but I got a Forerunner got my birthday recently, and it appears that the Forerunner is more accurate than my smartphone (by about 1-2%) based on testing readings at the track.
* “Will My Lungs Freeze on a Cold Run?“: Apparently not, but if you need to ask that, maybe you should think about putting up with the treadmill.
* Speaking of treadmills, I was at Costco the other day and saw a Proform treadmill for $900. (I think it must be this one.) It was somewhat tempting, but I thought of this column that advises against sub-$1000 treadmills:
If you want a quality indoor ride, be prepared to shell out the big bucks. “When you spend less than $500, or even $1,000, you’re really just buying a disposable treadmill,” says Jon Stevenson, the co-owner of Treadmill Doctor, who has spent 30 years installing and repairing ‘mills for individuals, gyms, and hotels worldwide. “If you use it consistently, you’ll be lucky to get a year out of it.”
I’ll admit, I have thought about following up on some of the ridiculously cheap treadmills for sale on Craig’s List, figuring that a year’s use would more than justify the cost, but then there’s the burden of checking them out, moving them, and disposing of them when they die.