Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.

Name

E-mail

facebook Canyon News twitter Canyon News

Canyon News

Bel Air News

Beverly Hills News

Brentwood News

Hollywood Hills News

Laurel Canyon News

Los Angeles News

Los Feliz News

Malibu News

Melrose News

Pacific Palisades News

Santa Monica News

Sherman Oaks News

Studio City News

Topanga Canyon News

West Hollywood News

Westwood News

Woodland Hills

Celebrity News

State News

National News

World Headlines

Deaf News

Entertainment

Film

Television

Music

On the Industry

Star Gazing

St. John's Confidential File

Theatrical Musings

Life & Style

Miller Time

Pets

Food

Books

Features

Travel

Gardening With Tony

Sports

UCLA: Keeping It Bruin

Baseball

Basketball

Football

Hockey

Point of View

Labor Week

Ramblings



Marathon Running

The Runner's High
Posted by Lisa Ohlson on Aug 2, 2009 - 9:47:17 AM

MALIBUVeikko Karvonen, European and Boston Marathon Champ, once said, "Marathon running is a terrible experience: monotonous, heavy, and exhausting." 

 

Chaffing and a red, painful rash may develop on your arms or inner thighs from rubbing together step after step, mile after mile. Two bloody rings may appear on the front of a man’s t-shirt from chaffed nipples. You may pull off your shoe and wonder where your toe nail escaped to or find a blister the size of a rock waiting to explode like a volcano. After running a marathon your 102-year-old grandma will lose her patience waiting for you while you walk her across the street, a flight of stairs will give you nightmares and the smell of your own body is another topic altogether. 


Runner_1.jpg
Participant in the Malibu International Marathon on Sunday, November 15. Photo by Joanne DeCaro Afornalli


Thousands of people run marathons each year.  What is the draw to this "monotonous, heavy and exhausting" experience?  Why would anyone do this to their body?  Are we all masochistic?  Everyone has their different reasons about why they run.  Mine is simple ”“ the runner’s high.

 

The runner’s high is defined by Webster.com as a “feeling of euphoria that is experienced by some individuals engaged in strenuous running and that is held to be associated with a release of endorphins by the brain.”  This mystical feeling puts the love in my love/hate relationship with the sport.  There’s no other sport or activity that gives me this euphoric feeling.  Like any good feeling, it’s addicting.  It gets me outside pounding the pavement day after day in the heat and in the rain.  It may not find me every time, but when it does, it’s worth every step of the way.  Even if I don’t achieve the "runner’s high" on an average run, I always feel better.  I am more positive, calm and feel a great sense of accomplishment.  Or sometimes the pleasure won’t come until later when I am enjoying a post race feast or eating scoops of ice cream guilt-free.  At times running truly can be a "terrible, exhausting experience" but for me the reward is tremendous and the pleasure is always worth the pain.

 

Tip of the week: Use Body Glide or Vaseline to prevent chaffing, take an ice bath after a marathon to ensure walking the next day and invest in high-quality socks and shoes to keep all your toe nails and to avoid blisters.

 

We hope you are training to run the Malibu International Marathon or Half!  E-mail us at contact@malibuintmarathon and tell us why you run and why the pleasure is worth the pain.

 



 

Cliffside Malibu

-------------------------

-------------------------

 

Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.