Bob Hodge, my soft-spoken friend and first post-collegiate mentor, recently relaunched his running-themed website. It’s still a work in progress and rather plain-looking but chock full of timeless running knowledge, information and inspiration—all of which I’ve been reading, revisiting and absorbing for the better part of the last 15 years. There’s training logs from legends like Bill Rodgers, former marathon world-record holder Steve Jones, Kenyan Rogers Rop, Hodgie himself, and others (if you like geeking out over those sorts of things), not to mention an awesome series of remembrances from various contributors, and plenty more to dig through over the course of an inspired afternoon.
Many thanks to the Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon and 5K in my former hometown of San Diego for sponsoring the newsletter this month. Taking place on October 29, 2017, this new event benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and encourages runners to get fit and have fun while helping support an amazing local charity. The race—put on by my friends at Easy Day Sports—features a FAST point-to-point course that starts at the brand-new Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center and finishes at Vacation Isle in the heart of Mission Bay. Post-race perks include awards, a healthy food festival, yoga and more. Use the code “SHAKEOUT17” when you register and save 5 bucks off your entry fee.
Participating in sports is a healthy pursuit, so it follows that the best athletes in those sports must be the healthiest, right? Not so fast. “The answer more generally depends on how you define health and to whom you are comparing elite athletes,” Brad Stulberg writes for Outside.
So how do you define health? I tend to agree with Matt Jordan, a medical scientist and coach, who says, health is “the absence of disease and the capacity to enjoy life and withstand challenges.”
One of the best life decisions I’ve made in the last few years? Limiting my phone and computer’s notifications to calls, texts and calendar reminders. No @’s, likes, pushed emails, etc., unless I choose to go looking for them. Maintaining a relatively inactive lock screen is an incredibly beautiful—and liberating—thing.