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Last Night I Let a Tiny Asian Woman Walk All Over Me

The calm before the storm

Everything seemed so peaceful at the very beginning.

As a runner, and one who occasionally runs long distances, I am a big proponent of massage therapy.  Now when I say massage I am not referring to the type of Swedish massage that has you fast asleep on the table in 15 minutes.  I am talking about the kind of therapeutic sports massage that features a masseuse that has to remind you to breathe and apologizes for the pain 9 or 10 times in the matter of an hour.  Last night, I let my inner masochist out and paid a little asian woman to make me cry.

Normally it doesn’t come to this, but I have been lax in my stretching and foam rolling and I noticed over the last week that my legs were getting very sore and very stiff.  So I booked a massage with the full expectation of having it be a bit painful now, but beneficial in the long run.    Because I called at the last minute my appointment was with a woman that I hadn’t seen before, named Bee.

“Do you have any problem areas?” she asked.
“My legs. I have been running longer distances lately, so my legs are getting sore.”
“And you want hard massage right?” she confirmed.
“Yes.”
“Is it okay if I walk on you?” she asked mater-of-fact.
“Sure.”

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Run For Your Life

The Science is in.  Running is officially good for you.

The Science is in. Running is officially good for you.

For people who run, even just a little bit, I’m sure that the general consensus is that running is a healthy activity. Ask a runner to be more specific and you might get an answer like it burns calories, or its good for your heart, or something more generic, but specifics about the long-term health benefits of running are few and far between.

For that very reason a group of researchers set out to find out if running regularly really did impart long term health benefits. Their results were published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology which is due out on August 5th. The head line is an eye catching one: Leisure-Time Running Reduces All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality Risk.

We win. Runners live forever. Hooray!

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