Saturday, October 24, 2015

2015 Peak to Creek Marathon

Peak to Creek Marathon

Peak to Creek Marathon
2015- time 3:56:25.6 (chip) 3:56:27.9 (gun), Pace 9:01/M, Place 181/329 overall, 21/30 in my age group, ??/191 among men

One year I am going to pick up a Boston Qualifier on this course. This year just happened to not be the year. The first 10 miles went fairly well and I had a lot of energy for it. By the time mile 12 rolled in I was feeling minor fatigue and my feet were feeling every large gravel. By mile 18 my lungs were feeling overly taxed and I just wanted to do the least I could get by with and still say it was worth my effort.

26.2 miles is an incredible distance and "just" finishing a marathon is always a huge accomplishment, but for my own personal reasons I consider the 4 hour marathon to be the bench mark for competitiveness. For the last 9 miles I took many walk breaks and kept an eye on my Garmin to make sure I was still set to cross the finish line in under 4 hours. 

No huge victory, no regrets. Happy to have participated in a well run event and to have met my minimum time goal. It was a great weekend with Denise and Faith and we went horseback riding afterwards.


Friday, October 23, 2015

Cannabinoids and Endurance Sports

Cannabinoids and Endurance Sports

Cannabis law reform is still a big topic in Virginia politics and endurance sports is a big interest of mine. I mostly blog about my own experiences with endurance sports, but from time to time I will branch out and share thoughts on other issues as it relates to endurance sports. I'm not a scientist or an expert, I just read, research and make evidence based conclusions.

Two studies involving cannabinoids have been released recently that make for compelling arguments for the legalization of cannabis and to further the research of cannabis for its medicinal value. From an endurance athletes perspective these studies would seem to be cause to support the current momentum towards cannabis law reform. Good general health, however, is not an exclusive interest of endurance athletes, so the public at large should be outraged by the roadblocks to research that are implemented by current law and the current scheduling of cannabis as a schedule 1 controlled substance.

The first study I want to mention is the study HERE from July '15 that showed increased aptitude for the healing of bone injuries. Runners are extremely susceptible to stress fractures due to the repetitive nature of the activity and it is outrageous that a naturally occurring plant can or could help avoid these sorts of injuries and Americans are being denied because politicians apparently think the buildup of the prison-industrial complex is more important than peoples health. Of course good bone health is a big concern for older people to as our age makes us more brittle and prone to bone injuries and diseases. What could we learn about treating and preventing osteoporosis here if immoral laws weren't standing in the way? 

Secondly is THIS article from October '15 discussing the relationship between the human bodies own natural endocannabinoid system and endurance sports. As the article states...

"In a new study, researchers at Germany's University of Heidelberg medical school reinforced those results, finding that after engaging in running, an activity they do for fun, mice showed elevated levels of both endorphins and endocannabinoids." with everything we already know about cannabinoids this study seemed a bit redundant to me, but it still adds weight to the arguments for cannabinoid research and use in pain management. Neither I, nor this article, is suggesting that runners high is exactly like a THC high. Runners can run themselves straight into an injury because after the rhythm of a run sets in it becomes easy to ignore pain. Kind of like what the cannabinoid CBD produces. I conclude that endocannabinoids are more like CBD and not so much like THC, but the fact remains that the human endocannabinoid system is a compelling area for research and the law as it currently exists is hurting and not helping the effort to advance our understanding of our biology.

Well thats all the ranting I have on the subject for today. I'm traveling out of state for a marathon in NC called The Peak to Creek Marathon. Notice it is being sponsored by the Burke Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency. I have to wonder if their is some irony here and what their position is on cannabinoid research.