ACOTJ News Roundup #4

I told myself that I was only going to write the “News Roundup” when there was a pack of juicy material, even if it means waiting more than a month to bring it to you. Well, this month...there is lots of juice! There’s a lot to get to, so let’s do it!

Alternative title: Is Running a Threat to YOU:

Is Running a Threat to Your Relationship?

This article is awesome at offering suggestions for navigating relationships while training, but JEEZE, REALLY?? If you are experiencing any of this, it’s more than a red flags for your relationship, it’s a red flag for YOU. Pay attention to the list of six things to watch out for at the end of the article. I’m just going to leave this quote here:

If your trail running tends to feel escapist or begins to play an outsized role in your life, it’s time to ask yourself what you might be avoiding and to seek more satisfaction in other realms of your life, say therapists like Bowen.”


Tommy Rivs Almost Dies at a Race to Which People Reply “So Gangster”

Despite the fact that my fingers are on fire from NOT typing what I want to here (yes, I fear confrontation, the end)...I am not going to judge Tommy because I don’t know him at all. Just do me a favor and scroll down the comments to see what people’s reactions to his brush with death and accompanying photo. Props to @joeyleilani for keeping it real vs. the dum dums calling this situation “badass”.

For those of you “trying everything” to get your period back, read this please:

The Psychological Appeal of Snake Oil

This interview of author Christie Aschwanden’s book Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us and Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery sums up perfectly why there is no such thing as a shortcut when your health is on the line. No, you can not add maca powder to your smoothie and think that’s going to do it...ya gotta’ put the work in kids.

Do you really want to be like this???:

17 Things Navy SEALs Learn That Can Help You Succeed in Life

One of my biggest pet peeves is the fascination, verging on objectification, of Navy SEALs as monuments of success in all things. Especially in endurance training, it seems like we are being hit with SEAL training, SEAL memoirs, SEAL if this is the kind of lifestyle we should be emulating. Some of this stuff is well-intentioned, I get it, but in the wrong hands, this advice becomes a recipe for blowup. You can decide for yourself but I can tell you this: advice like “Avoid Bad Things”, “Suck it Up”, “Take on the Sharks”, and “Persevere, Don’t Ring the Bell” cultivates the exact opposite mindset necessary for longevity, resilience, and enjoyment in your sport.

From the “Sound Advice that Everyone Will Ignore” File:

The New Ultramarathon Runner’s Four Year Training Plan

Jason Koop, realizing that someone has to be a voice of reason for the newbies who trash themselves in about a year or two, explains why four years is a decent amount of time to ramp up to the big kid distances. Nice idea. Too bad that most people will read this and think, “Sure, that’s cool for other people.”

Yes, yes, yes, and yes:

Sports Depression, Straight from the Horse’s Mouth with Dilreen Gill

Dilreen was an international athlete in gun shooting who decided to leave it all behind to become a pilot. She struggled with a kind of depression in leaving her sport that we don’t talk enough about. Those of you who have had to step away from training for health reasons will find that Dilreen puts a voice to many of the thoughts in your head. Don’t miss this.

A good reminder:

From Semi-Rad on Threadless

It’s ironic that in a shop on Threadless that has some funny (ok: sad) graphic art about ultrarunning and endurance sports, this one stood out to me the most. More than anything else, this print exemplifies the journey to any goal we will ever have, whether it’s recovering from hypothalamic amenorrhea and/or overtraining syndrome or anything else in life. We make choices from a place of love for ourselves and hope for our future or fear of the unknown and of failure. Which will you choose?

Thanks for reading this month! Let me know what you think!