You may be an archer and as such don’t necessarily find value in running. If this is your position on running you are probably in the majority of archers. To my knowledge there’s no official poll that provides information related to archers that use running as part of their training. From purely informal observation of archers it seems many have allergies to running.
I’m a runner. I run nearly every day. Part of my running includes a day off per week – a part of a more formal program associated with archery. Even before I ever picked up a bow I ran.
As children we run for the pleasure of running. Today, I run with my grand children. Racing Granddaddy is great sport. Believe me these races are serious wind sprints. One of them is an amazing runner. Her speed is shocking. At 7 years old she asked to be timed and she was timed. That’s how we discovered she really is fast.
Getting older many of us ran as part of some sport we played. Others of us ran because we raced as runners or multi-sport athletes. Archers on the other hand don’t run.
It wasn’t also so. Bows and arrows were originally tools for hunting and warfare. Hunters often had to run to catch prey or get away from angry arrow poked prey. In combat archers would empty their quivers on a field. Once that happened pissed off cavalry would begin to chase the arrowless archers. Those archers could run or at least those who fought in future battles were good runners. Archers on horseback, such as the Mongols, had an advantage in that they carried swords to apply to their trade once the arrows were gone.
Runner’s World, a magazine, comes to me without charge. You may get hunting magazines for free – I get those as well. That isn’t because you and I are great hunters. No we get these free magazines thanks to the vendors that offset magazine’s cost with advertising. The vendors are hoping you’ll read their ads and buy their stuff.
I read Runner’s World, RW, and occasionally an article in one of the hunting rags. RW often has ‘experts’ write for them whose work cracks me up. This current issue did have a 5K training plan that I thought was excellent if you wanted to run 5K in less that 30 minutes. That isn’t fast. But, it is a good point for runners new to the sport that are seeking fitness and speed. What cracked me up about this issue was the cover.
On the cover they’ve pictured a runner. He’s running over rocks situated in the Barton Creek on the Greenbelt Trail in Austin, Texas. When I pulled this RW from the mailbox and looked at the cover I laughed out loud. The runner, PJ, photographed by Faith (her first name) is in mid flight gliding from wet boulder to wet boulder.
Immediately, I though “PJ you should be wearing a helmet.” There is no way to consistently perform this acrobatic feat without falling. If you slip on wet boulders, and you will, it is going to hurt.
I supposed Faith wanted a cool picture and talked PJ into taking the leap. I hope PJ didn’t get hurt.
Athletes do run or should run. If you do consider running trails are fun. Running will make you more fit which can be an advantage in archery. Trail running and trying to run across wet rocks in a creek isn’t smart. You will slip and fall. (Nope it has never happened to me. I can fall on trails without the addition of wet boulders sitting in a creek to navigate.)
Streaking, the first time I heard of it was associated with a form of running fad that occurred in the 1970s. In this instance, it was a fad where runners would strip then run naked. Freely, I admit this was a form of running where I did not participate.
Several of my less modest friends did partake in the fad on one occasion. The group stripped, held their clothes in their arms and ran across Abercorn Street in Savannah, Georgia near the intersection with DeRenne Ave. It was 1972 and traffic in Savannah wasn’t comparable to the mess they have there today.
There is a median on Abercorn with two lines of traffic running in opposing directions. The free form runners weren’t all that immodest and had selected a time for their streak near 11 PM when traffic, in those days, would be light. It seemed a fairly inoffensive plan.
The plan was to wait until there was no traffic, make the dash across Abercorn, and hop into a get-away car and escape. That would have been fine except for the mishap.
One of the runners, in his birthday suit, dropped his clothes as he crossed the median. He had to stop turn back and retrieve them all while butt naked. This is the point where traffic returned to the intersection. There he was stranded until the traffic paused and he could return to running.
Streaking today, in running, means running daily for long stretches without a missed day. Runner’s World’s covered highlights on page 30 in an article, Run Every Day – Streaking is more important than ever. (Issue 3, 2020)
Runner’s World also has a section in this issue on injuries. Is that coincidence or consideration?
If you run every day without a recovery plan you’ll end up with an injury. Obviously, you are probably an archer and you’re thinking you’ll not get a run injury. You are probably correct – we know most of you are not runners. Simple observation during any archery tournament is all the verification one needs to confirm the bulk of archers are at best intermittent walkers. The walking primarily an activity associated with pulling arrows.
Surely, some of you do run. Some of you probably get Runner’s World magazine. Take my advice – schedule recovery days from your running. If you’re an archer you should do the same with your archery training.
It is fun to set goals. A goal of non-stop daily running (or shooting) could land you in rehab. Rather than setting a run a day goal set other goals. Once, I set a goal to do at least one race per month until something happened outside of my control to prevent a monthly race. I went 84 months (7 years) before an accident happened that prevented me from racing.
I’d jumped off my boat to align the boat with the boatlift. I’d done it many times before. That time, however, I found a metal spike in the water – something new. I found it in my leg. That streak was done. It was a good long streak and I enjoyed it. Aside from the metal spike in my leg I remained injury free throughout the plan. I did have weekly recovery days in my training plan.
Goals are nice to set. But, there’s no reason to set goals that might lead to an overuse injury. Make time in your training plan for recovery.
If you live in a city and need to keep a safe distance from other potential Covid-19 carriers, or keeping your Covid to yourself, it might be more difficult than usual to run. When we lived in Easton, Maryland I knew a few people that trained exclusively for 5K runs indoors on treadmills. The only time they ran outside was during a race.
One good friend and triathlon teammate preferred to run on a treadmill. At the gym he used treadmills that would time out after an hour of running. He’s run for an hour then reset the treadmill for another hour. He is a great runner and friend. This treadmill monster, Jimmy, looks fast standing still. Jimmy looks even faster running for the few minutes I can keep up with him running.
Treadmill-loving folks may currently be facing Covid run withdrawal or they’ve invested those “on the way” $1200.00 economic booster checks the government has promised on treadmill purchases delivered via Amazon. Treadmills are a last resort for me.
I’ve used treadmills. They are ideal to help set and the feel of a pace. When there was too much ice and snow on the ground I saddled up a treadmill and hit giddy-up on the keypad. I’d ramp up the speed as I warmed up to the mile per hour pace I needed to hold for some predetermine distance or time. Aside from that I’ve avoided them the way I am currently avoiding people.
Outside is where I am happiest while running. I run nearly every morning and have for decades. There was a time I ran very little, that was a time when I was exclusively a competitive cyclist. I still ran some in the off season. Serious running, beyond high school sports requirements didn’t take hold until a couple of decades back when I moved to duathlons and next to triathlons.
Before then I ran when I traveled. Not necessarily to train but to sightsee. Running in the morning before work on the road gave me an opportunity to see the State or country I was in at the time. Over the course of 40 years I’ve run in 49 US States, 21 countries and 1 territory.
Where I run now is just behind my house. I’ve got miles of trails to run. Those trails need to be maintained and it is a fair amount of hard work but worth it. The poison ivy needs to be knocked back as does high snake hiding grass. It is easy to maintain social distance on these trails since I am the only person that runs them.
If you read this and are a runner stuck indoors I do feel bad for you. Running through cities is fun as well. You get to see so much of the city and get a flavor for the place.
I have gotten lost a few times running in cities I didn’t know. I got lost in Toronto Canada when I left my hotel for a 10 mile out and back. Canadians are very helpful and I was pointed in the right direction a number of time adding just a couple of miles to the planned 20-mile run. Once I got lost running in Versailles, France. Despite the language barrier the French eventually had me heading in the right direction.
Running around Jerusalem was special. There too I was once or twice misplaced. In those events there was no help and back tracking became the solution. After years of running in Jerusalem I got to know the city. Tel Aviv was easy, I just ran along the coast.
On one run I decided to run from my hotel in Jerusalem to Bethlehem, not far only about 6 miles each way. There is a sidewalk most of the way and good cushion all the way. As I approached Bethlehem I needed a bio-break so I ran a way into the desert to avoid being seen by traffic. The further I ran over sand the more I began to worry about yet discovered land mines. There weren’t any land mines still I didn’t know that at the time. Another time I took a long run in the Golan Heights. I’d found what seemed to be an old trail and took off on it. I turned around when I saw soldiers in the distance. I didn’t know whether they were Israeli or Syrian and felt no need to learn more.
During one misadventure I got lost hours before I was suppose to give a lecture at a Medical School. On the run there was a bit of roadwork being done. There were orange cones around the parameter of the worksite. Those cones were to be my marker to ‘turn here’ on my leg to the hotel where I was booked. Amazingly, the roadwork was competed before I returned. Talk about a panic. I had no idea where I was having missed my turn. I had my cell phone and needed to call for directions. I made the lecture with minutes to spare.
Simple uncomplicated trail running is the routine these days. If you are someone stuck indoors know you’d be welcome to run my trails if you could get here and keep your distance. If you are an archer that doesn’t run or walk for your health and fitness you might consider giving it a try.
Occasionally, it is nice to switch up training schedules. Over the past week I’ve made some alterations in my training plans. So far, it seems like a nice change.
Prior to the change my training went like this: run/archery mornings, cycling/archery afternoons. Essentially this was it without the detail. Last week I changed to: Run/cycling morning, archery afternoons. Still without the details.
So far it has been fun. It is like doing 2/3 of a duathlon. That got me thinking about doing a duathlon. If I could find one that started at 0900 that was nearby I’d probably enter. I did find one that nearby that started at 0700. Transition and packet pick-up opened at 0500 on race day. Transition closed at 0630. Start of the race is at 0700.
Even a local event with these start times means getting out of bed at 0430 to prepare to race. I can do it; I’ve done it countless times. But, do I want to do it again?
One really nice thing about archery is the start times. Local events start during humane hours. It is one of my favorite things about archery. You can’t start too early for outdoor events because you can’t see the targets. A built in cushion for decent start times.
Over decades I did get up at those puke of dawn hours to race. I miss the racing; I do not miss the early mornings. Even training meant my typical wake up time of 0530 including the weekends.
I will say I do get out to run nearly every morning by 0800. Now with the added cycling that follows I won’t finish until 1030. For two and a half hours I admit it is really nice. Knock several hours off that 0800 run time and it becomes less appealing.
The afternoon archery exclusive is also nice. I can shoot without thinking about cycling. So far, a pretty nice switch.
We’re supposed to get “severe, life threating storms, tornadoes, and hail” later today. We’re all doomed. If that weather doesn’t get us the flash floods will do the trick. Should the flash floods fail to get us the drunk drivers out on wet roads will become the instruments of doom. Even sober drivers provide ‘risk’ to ‘threaten’ us all.
Should we live through this day of ‘dangerous’ weather everyone will probably starve because there is no food in the grocery stores. Even if there was food no one can buy it because the government stimulus checks have only been issued to the wealthy.
By some miracle, if we survive the storms, drunk drivers, and have food to eat we need to be on the look out for people shooting other people. All of that aside, if anyone is left alive, the Covid-19 is going to finish them off.
The few of us that remain alive in 2 days time will find their demise next fall when the Covid-19 and usual flu virus team up to wipe of all off the face of the earth.
All of the above is true; reporters sharing their news stories have presented all of it. It must be true – it was on television, Twitter and Facebook.
Despite our reported doom, which lays in wait, I went for a run in the rain this morning. The rain was not bad; it was steady but not a storm. Once I hit the trails admittedly the pronouncements of news media, Tweets, Facebook posts and rantings of pissed off Republican and Democrats didn’t follow.
Disclaimer: I never look at Twitter. I only hear the news in passing if my wife has it on television. I limit Facebook to about 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the afternoon. You are free to believe whatever you want. Should you want to clear your head – go for a run.
Okay, I’ve stolen the title for this article. In fact, it took it off of the cover from Runner’s World Issue 4/2019. Having received the magazine a few weeks ago it does puzzle me where the year on the cover reads 2019. The calendar question isn’t what has prompted me to consider this writing. It was the eye-catching promise of meaningful information delivered within the pages behind the cover.
The headlines on the cover of Runner’s World pledged “53 Surefire answers to one of running’s most enduring questions: What to Wear”. The periodical suggests the information inside will educate readers on “How to choose the gear that helps you run faster, longer and stronger in any weather”. Furthermore, RW offers “You’ll also love our revamped interactive ‘What to wear’ tool at runnersworld.com/what-to-wear.”
I have been a runner all of my life. Not always a runner that ran in order to race, but running has always been part of my sports training. I have competed in more running races than I can remember even winning a few. But, running in general is an activity that prepares me for other sports. Winning a foot race for me has rarely been a primary goal.
For example, when I competed in triathlons running was the 3rd disciple on those events. I had to run in a triathlon. So, I trained as a runner. The hope for a triathlon run was to lose a little ground as possible from my gains during the cycling segment of the event.
I’d enter a marathon and run it as part if my triathlon training. Doing so was a fun way to train. On many occasions I get up ride my bike to a running race, do the race then ride the bike home. That was part my multi-sport training.
In high school, when I played football, we ran to help with our conditioning. During the offseason our coaches made us run track to stay on shape for the football season. As a cyclist I ran every off-season. Progressing from cycling to duathlons and next to triathlons I ran. I have run for one reason or another for well over than half a century. This reference excludes the childhood bliss of running. That bliss remains available to me playing tag or racing my grandchildren.
“Let’s race Granddaddy,” is a common request and I almost always agree. Believe me, those kids can sprint! I am not ashamed to say that on more than one occasion following an afternoon of sprinting I have felt it the next day. And I know the competition is getting serious when their shoes come off.
Seeing the articles on Runner’s World I felt a surge of pride. Not once over more than 6 decades did I ever show up for a run improperly dressed. Never in my life have I arrived at a training run wearing boots and a dress suit. (I wear nice western style boots with my business attire) To be fair that would be stupid and no one else has ever done that either – almost.
While I’ve never run a foot race wearing boots a friend of mine once did. It wasn’t planned. In fact, he wasn’t planning to run the race. His daughter, then 10 years old, had entered a 5K.
He’d driven her to the race after coming home off a night shift. He’d been called in to handle a case at the hospital where he is an anesthesiologist during the early hours before the Saturday race time. He was still dressed in scrubs and wearing cowboy boots when he made it home to take his daughter to the 5K. There wasn’t time to change his clothes before they departed for the start of the 5K.
Once at the race his daughter became intimidated by the mass of runners and was nervous about running in the crowd. She wanted to go home. Rather than see his daughter’s 5K dream squashed he entered the race and ran with her – Luccheses and all.
From a more practical standpoint, if run training is occurring when it was hot I dress in light attire and if the weather is cold I wear stuff to keep me warm. I can’t recall ever being instructed on what to wear while running. Certainly, I have never turned to a computer application for a pre-run tutorial on what to wear for the activity. So, I was surprised to learn that what to wear during a run is one of running’s more enduring questions.
Well, you might think, “Heck David, you live in the South where weather is generally pretty nice, and you don’t need to make difficult running attire decisions.” If that question comes to your mind you are not 100% correct. Furthermore, the difficulty of the question isn’t much.
I have run in 49 States, 21 countries and 1 territory. What’s more I’ve done it through all seasons in all types of weather. I have run in February near the Artic Circle (Gällivare, Sweden) and in August in Las Vegas. I promise I did not wear the same gear for those dissimilar environments. I assure you no one helped me get dressed. Neither did I need the support of an interactive computer tool to know what to wear. Aside from donning running attire I’ve been getting dressed pretty much unassisted since I was a child.
There have been a few times when my wife did object to my choice of clothes prior to some social gathering. The question so many of us have heard, “You’re not wearing that are you?” has happened to me. Those situations were ones of preference not function.
Opening the pages of Runner’s World there is an article by an expert at putting on his running clothes (page 12). He advocates: Eyewear – $165.00, hat – $32.00, Airpods – $159.00, shorts – $42.00, briefs – $36.00, cool down footwear – $50.00. Not accounting for his actual running shoes the price tag comes to $484.00. Add a pair of shoes (page 93) at $155.00 and socks (page 44) $20.00 dressing for a warm weather run could cost $659.00. Dang, that seems like a lot of money and the total still doesn’t cover a shirt. The expert dresser had forgotten about a shirt during his advising column. I found one for him on page 41 for $55.00. The grand total is now $714.00! Holy Cow!
Note: the expert on run dressing missed – shoes, socks and his shirt among the required clothing as written in his explanation of what to wear for a run. He might have found it helpful to have opened the RW interactive computer application to have aided his article. On the other hand you can run without any footwear and a shirt really isn’t necessary. However, in a triathlon during the run some organizations require shirts – you cannot race without wearing a shirt. The RW expert, perhaps, isn’t associated with triathlons.
I ran this morning and it wasn’t cold. I wore similar apparel to the expert’s advised gear listed in Runner’s World. I couldn’t remember what I’d paid for my gear. But, I knew where to look to find out – Amazon’s link to my past purchases: Shoes Nike Revolution 4, $50.62, shorts Baleaf – $19.99 (these have a stitched in brief, an expert’s additional expense avoided), socks from Sock Guy, $7.60, T-shirt Goodthreads $12.00, cap with UGA logo $18.00. The cap was purchased from a drugstore in Athens, Georgia.
I don’t use “cool down recover shoes” so money saved there. I, also, don’t run with music playing, I’d rather hear what’s going on around me on the trails I run. So, another savings there on the Airpods. Note: I wouldn’t buy Airpods period. That would be money soon lost.
My total cost toward the unassisted body covering of running apparel: $108.21. Would I have run faster or longer or even more comfortably having spend another $605.79 (the difference in my apparel versus the above expert’s) – nope.
Reading over the material in Issue 4/2019 of Runner’s World I didn’t get the impression I was any more enlightened in the matter of apparel for running than I had been when I began the read. Curiously, I hadn’t known I needed enlightenment in the matter at hand. Admittedly, the examples of runners modeling clothing in this issue all appeared to be wearing fancier gear than I have wear worn or probably ever will wear with one exception.
The exception was Steve Prefontaine. Runner’s World ran a picture in Issue 4/2019 of ‘Pre’ from what I guess was taken in 1972 during the Olympics or at the 1971 Pan Am Games. I made that guess because Pre is wearing a “USA” jersey. I, too, have a USA Team kit from a World Championship team. I doubt either one of our jerseys was in the price neighborhood of $55.00 similar to the one on page 41 of RW.
When I finally closed the pages of RW Issue 4/2019 it felt more like I’d been schooled on how to spend money. The cover’s eye catcher would have been better presented as “53 Surefire answers to one of running’s most enduring questions: What to Buy”. For me, I’ll run cheap and more modestly dressed. It really is easy.
The restrictions on travel haven’t been as imposing on activities out here in the sticks. Certainly, there’s no heading into Athens for dinner. That’s not a huge sacrifice since we don’t go out for a meal all that often. We had tickets to a several events that have been canceled or postponed and that’s a shame. But, I can still trail run, practice archery, and go cycling. The trail running is just out my back door as is my archery range. Cycling is done on back roads where traffic has been nearly absent.
Aside from the physical play I’ve been completing continuing education (CEU) courses to reinstate my respiratory care practitioner (RCP) license. While I have licenses in other medical areas those aren’t as pertinent as the RCP. There are lots of sleep disorders and people that suffer with them but another sleep specialist is low on the priority list of needed help. The need for medical forensics is even less useful for the moment.
Each day I start with the physical activities. When those are done I sit down for continuing education brought to me via the Internet. Country life is nice however there is a limit to the available Internet. Going through programs takes some patience. There will be at least one lost connection per session.
For the some of the lectures I’ve been bored, angered, or left considering whether or not the presenter really understood what they were presenting. Today, I was lucky to have found a real gem. I listened to a respiratory therapist give one of the most relevant lectures I’ve heard in a long time!
Anytime I hear a lecture that gets me thinking I am happy. This presenter got me thinking and seeing the applications of the subject matter. In fact, 9 years ago, two years before I retired a friend of mine and I presented a plan to do exactly what she was describing. We were looking for $3 million dollars to fund our project. We’d offered to build a system to do what the lecture danced around then sale it back to the larger organization after we got it established for $7 million dollars.
You might wonder way would any company pay out essentially $10 million dollars for this deal? Because the deal is worth billions and we are experts in the area. Plus, we had two patents unique to the process. It was looking good until a bigger fish purchased the company we’d approached.
After todays lecture it is apparent that our plan remains viable. In fact, we’d won a year to test out ideas and the outcomes were positive. We were in the next phase of funding when the big fish took the smaller company. By small I mean a $12 billion dollar company acquired by an even bigger company.
Pockets of our initial plan have grown. One major hospital, where my friend was an administrator, incorporates much of our process today and is extremely successful for their patients.
Sport is fun and a way of life. Admittedly, sport is second when it comes to the science of health care. I can’t wait to have this CEU and reinstatement documentation process complete.
It is raining. I’ll need to wait to practice archery. The rain, not heavy did not delay running. It will delay archery.
Yes, we shoot in the rain during competition. I’ve practiced in the rain in hopes the effort would provide a little extra preparation for the day I end up competing in the rain. It has happened. The rain practice didn’t really help.
The weather report is on television. The local weather reporter just stated, “It is raining so expect the roads to be wet.” His declaration caught me attention. Raining and roads are wet – who knew?
The weather guy is very excited because conditions are right for Georgians to be on the look out for a tornado. Currently, there is no wind nearby and birds are flying around my window. However, the conditions are right for the potential of a tornado over 100 miles away from me.
Then the guy on TV, absolutely shaking with potential tornado excitement, let’s all viewers in on a life saving app. The local news weather app is available for free.
This app will let users know their current weather conditions and let them know what to do. For example, when it is raining outside your house the app suggests to you that rain is wet and an umbrella or raincoat will help you stay dry. The weather app will let someone know that it is cold outside and wearing a sweater will help keep one warm. (This is the South, a sweater is usually plenty.) This weather app continues to alert smart phone aficionados when the temperature rises and light clothing is the apparel for the day.
The local weather app is as useful as the fellow on the television now predicting more winds since they’ve seen wind speed up to 55 mph in one area near Alabama. He’s added the specific area of 55 mph winds is breaking up but everyone viewing still needs to be on high alert. Despite the warning he did ask for viewers to send him any pictures of damage, like downed limbs, so that he might better tell the story. Getting pictures means going outside. He forgot to suggest a raincoat. He probably thought anyone brave enough to step outside in rain already has the local weather app.
The smart phone weather app, I highly recommend especially for anyone that has just arrived here. By here I do mean Earth.
It was cold running this morning while running. It is cold every winter. Nice things about winter and trail running are no snakes and no bugs. During the run I was thinking that it will be cold shooting. Most days like this one I try to shoot indoors. However, I’ll be shooting indoors tonight in Social Circle and I didn’t want to spend the gas to make two trips.
This is how archery went: Shoot three arrows, thaw, shoot three arrows, thaw….
As with nearly every morning Sunday started with a run. Before I retired I traveled a lot. Travel outside of the US was common. Everywhere I traveled I ran. I’ve run in 49 of the 50 US States and 20 of the 195 countries in the world. I ‘ve ‘Officially’ raced in US, Italy, France, Germany, England and Japan. Most of those competitions were on the road. In England, a 10K, it was mixed trail and road.
Running allowed me to see parts of the world I might not have had I not gotten out for a run. What I’ve found is that running in cities is a great way to sightsee but running trails has really become a favorite. I have found memories of trail runs in Australia, Japan and Malaysia. I never got lost on those trails. I did get lost running in Toronto. Canadians are really helpful and the locals guided me back to my hotel. My morning runs here in Georgia are nearly 100% trail running.
Running has become an element of archery training. I may not sign up for another race anytime soon. That is unless I find a nearby trail run that happens on a weekend that isn’t filled with an archery event.
This weekend I missed the first local 3D tournament of 2020. It was this past Sunday and I’d made plans without having the 2020 3D schedule at my fingertips. Naturally, all my friends who competed posted photos and bragged about how much fun they had shooting.
I still practiced on Sunday and was thankful that my father-in-law has a nice practice range at his house in Tignall, Georgia. It was cold over the weekend but the weather wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t get a nice long practice.
Despite missing the 3D tournament in Shady Dale, Georgia it was a good day to run and do some solo practice.