I can't be wordless this Wednesday

First I want to send out a huge MAHALO for all the supportive comments on my post yesterday. I truly appreciate each and every one and yes, I will be writing a follow-up post on avoiding boredom on the treadmill....perhaps tomorrow.

But today all I could think of during my morning run (besides the run and my pace) was the movie I watched last night with dear hubby.

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Have you seen this movie? I was inspired to rent it from Netflix mainly because it was about running and I could live, drink, and breath running everyday. It turned out to be a bit different than what I imagined but was still a good documentary put together by NOVA. Essentially, they are following the progress of 12 (13) people from a sedentary lifestyle to a running lifestyle with the final goal of running the Boston Marathon. Start to finish: 9 months (or for us, just about an hour).

It was cool to hear their stories and dear hubby learned a lot about the physiology of running. All in all, a good movie. But today it came to mind in a different light as I was reflected back on my initial thought last night --- could some of the injuries be prevented with a more conservative training plan? The different light was why were the females more plagued my injuries?

So to stir up a healthy debate I am going to toss some questions out there for you all and yes, I fully realize male runners get hurt, hit the wall, have bad days, and have good days....just like the female runners.

Are the physiological forces for female and male runners the same and the females only seem to be plagued by more injuries because they are more communicative about what is hurting and how they are feeling?

Are there physiological differences (ie. hormones) between female and male runners that make females more prone to injuries?

I would love to hear your input because it could be valuable for new runners out there. I totally believe and support all female and male runners as they make their journey from sedentary to running whatever distance they chose. I believe we are all capable of pushing ourselves further and harder than we give ourselves credit for. I am just tossing this out there because for a moment I pondered if females starting a training program need to ease into it a bit more....you know, slow and steady wins the race....to give their bodies the necessary physiological adaptions to be stronger. But then, if you don't truly push yourself you will never know how far you can go?

Honestly, did you expect some answers in this post? I really just wanted to get all of our wheels spinning and see what other thoughts there are out there.

Today I am grateful for:
  • Having Netflix again....because really, the selection at Redbox was too limiting for my taste in movies
  • Being contacted by more winners....are you one of them? Check out the Leap Year Virtual Run results HERE
  • Coffee makers with timers
  • That my darling daughter didn't want me to leave this morning and gave me the best hugs.....although it did break my heart to hear her calling/crying for me as I left the house
  • That the rain had stopped and my road wasn't a river this morning


  1. Hmm, I wonder if it is because we communicate more about being injured?? My husband never seems to be injured, until recently when he said his shins are bothering him. Interesting!

    Glad to know you liked the movie, it's on our Netflix too!

  2. Well, I have some input on the hormonal differences. Sorry if it's TMI.. but after having my children I had MAJOR problems 'down there'. I underwent major reconstructive surgery to regain day-to-day functionality. Anyhow, during the whole process, I saw many specialists and they all said that even after surgery, I will have strong days and weak days depending on my cycle and my level of hormones. And it's true! I can tell what days I will feel weak and unsupported down there based on my cycle. So, it makes me wonder, if those muscles are affected by the level of hormones, I wonder if other muscles in our bodies are affected in the same way at all.

  3. In our house, my husband is WAY more injury prone than me, so I would say that he is very happy to communicate his injuries to me. He tried to start running a few months ago for a work relay, and it was not happening for him. Injury after injury mad him decide to pursue other avenues of fitness. I sometimes get injured, but I haven't noticed any hormonal connection. It's usually overuse/repetitive motion types of injuries.

  4. Oh, and I will be watching this movie right now as I fold the mountain of laundry. Thanks for mentioning it!

  5. Anonymous2:39 AM

    I liked your post. Glad I stopped by. I am HUGELY injury prone, but I think a lot of that is my own fault. I could blame my body type, which is less streamlined than, say, my husband's who is a much better runner and less injury-prone than me. However, I think the main difference between the two of us is that he reads his body better than I read mine. I have a tendency to ignore little aches and pains until they become chronic. Ergo, injury. Sometimes I think if I would just stop all activity for a week when something hurt, then things wouldn't get out of hand. Instead, I keep running until I can't ignore it anymore. By then, it's a huge deal that needs to be worked through slowly. (Of course, I still run through recovery.) Bad of me, I know, but I am addicted. Now, I don't think I am completely stupid. My problem is that I find it nearly impossible to tell the omg-you're-about-to-have-tendonitic discomfort from the wow-this-has-been-a-really-good-workout discomfort.

    Regarding women, specifically, I went to a talk given my a PT who had additional training in women's health, and she identified two sets of dates in a women's cycle where they are producing more relaxin, and according to her exercising during these times could lead to a greater risk of injury, because the joints would not be behaving the way they normally do. For the life of me, though, I can't remember which dates those were. I'll have to look that up. Sorry about the long comment!

  6. I love all the comments and for you ladies being able to put your thoughts out there. It definitely provides us all with the opportunity to think about our training, factors, and how to continue to get stronger!

  7. Definately gonna check out this movie...and as far as hormones??? Well let's put it this way...even though I can't run right now...I COULDN'T leave the house today if I wanted...if ya know what I mean. That can reak havoc in your training...or on race day!

    My PT says women are prone to lots more then males due to hormones, and I believe him!

  8. My OH seems to be built for running - sometimes he overdoes it and makes himself ill, but he doesn't get injured. I do get injured and ill. In fact, my body (and mind) often rebel against me running. It's hard to get out there regularly! :)


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