The Murfreesboro “Middle Half” Marathon is in less than 24 hours! There is a 60-80% chance of rain at the start, and a 100% chance many people will not come out to race because of it. I will be running because I’m rather fond of this year’s tech shirt, and I need to feel worthy enough to wear it! (Plus, I haven’t forgone milk, coffee, and fiber this week for nothing!) Those of you that do plan on coming out rain or shine, here are some fun facts and myth busters to ease your mind about a potentially rainy race day!
“Running is bad for your knees!”
Unless every single person you know runs, then I’m sure you’ve got some nay-sayer friends that are quick to try and put a damper on your love of running. Most of them love to remind you that running is “bad” for your knees. I surely hope you don’t still believe this, but in case their little voice still nags in the back of your head, rest assured they are wrong! While there is only so much you can do about hereditary degenerative conditions or that ACL tear back in high school basketball, there are more studies than not doting that running and impact actually strengthens your knees, and no studies proving that running causes joint damage. Can I also say that being overweight is bad for your knees. And your heart. And your lungs. And your quality of life. Pick your poison.
“You’ll run it off!”
Fiction. You cannot outrun a bad diet.
Take this from someone who was running 40 miles a week and eating crap, but still gained 20 lbs!
“Potassium Prevents Cramping”
False. Improper training, muscle fatigue, and dehydration are most likely causing those cramps. But don’t put those bananas down! They’re still good for you and your fatigued muscles still like them!
The Fun Stuff
Best of luck to all of you racing tomorrow or in the coming weeks!!