Common sense of plain old narcissism?
Abraham Lincoln (via psychotherapy)
A really humbling and uplifting point about how nothing is ever permanent.
and in honor of the Navy, I’m aiming to do a quick jaunt south along the Westside Highway, past the USS Intrepid, in time, I hope, to catch another gorgeous sunset.
Physical stress theory, as it is called, is based on the simple premise that body tissues adapt in a predictable way in response to changes in the relative level of physical stress they are exposed to. When tissues are exposed to an accustomed level of stress, they maintain their current structure and function at a state that is often referred to as homeostasis.
When these same tissues are exposed to a slight or gradual increase in stress, they modify their structure and function—after an initial period of breakdown—to become more tolerant of that type of stress. They achieve a new homeostasis at a greater level of durability. For example, a recent animal study found that when rats were exposed to a running program, fingerlike branches of new tissue grew in the attachment between the tendons and muscles of their legs, strengthening these important junctions. But if a stress is increased too quickly or abruptly, the tissues never recover from the initial period of breakdown. They lose their homeostatic balance and progressively degenerate. All running overuse injuries follow this pattern.
On the other hand, if the level of stress is reduced, the tissues adapt in the other direction, finding a new homeostasis at a lower level of durability and function.
From 3 Ways to Prevent Overuse Injuries by Matt Fitzgerald
Does this really come as a surprise to anyone?
- L: It's definitely a question of knowing how far you can go and then realizing your own limits... We were in the park yesterday and [my daughter] did a crazy three-flip thing. When I first saw it, I told her to be careful, and sure enough, after the third time, she sprained her ankle. She's six, and it blew her mind that she could get injured.
- J: It's amazing how frail we are are humans.
- L: Oh, but we're strong. We're just not invincible.
I have a marathon in two weeks, which means that I have a long run or two to churn out before June 5.
A few things inspired my registration for the God’s Country Marathon, including a warped sense of adventure and the token impulse to test my limits, the desire to take a field trip outside of the city, a wish to hang out with a friend who will be leaving for an indeterminate period of time in Ghana, and perhaps more importantly, an overwhelming feeling of gratitude that I am healthy and seem to have found a sweet spot with running.
Two long loops in CP and three miles into the 8 mile leg home I made a routine stop for water along the Hudson River, only to discover that my right knee had become stiff and uncooperative. It never warmed back up. Understanding that you can’t un-run an injury, I called it an early night. To be completely honest, when passerby started shooting me looks of concern and I realized that I was running like an injured animal, I decided enough was enough.
Is this a reaction to my new thinner running shoes? Is this the universe’s way of reminding me to be more thankful? Is this a manifestation of a weird strike? Is my body in revolt because I haven’t taken enough time to rest?
Please feel better, knee.
The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hypothesis in his book entitled Biophilia.
The term “biophilia” literally means “love of life or living systems.” It was first used by Erich Fromm to describe a psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive and vital. Wilson uses the term in the same sense when he suggests that biophilia describes “the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.” He proposed the possibility that the deep affiliations humans have with nature are rooted in our biology.
On May 14, Matt Hart ran the 48 mile Trans-Zion Trek in 7 hours, 58 minutes, effectively shattering the 2009 record of 9 hours, 8 minutes. Check out the full article here.
Congratulations to everyone who ran this morning!
Kansas is Not Flat
Course Profile: One 15-Mile Loop