I train for and run marathons, that is what I do. Since 2008, I am pretty much always training for the next race. One reason I keep running is because running that much gives me numerous benefits I really appreciate:
- keeps weight gain to zero. Most middle age men slowly add weight, year over year. Currently, I weigh nearly exactly what I did 5 years ago.
- I eat better
- I sleep better
- I’m fit
Naturally, there is the downside of marathon training and the most feared one is “Injuries.” Running can cause literally dozens of different injuries but the most common is that:
“Running marathons will ruin your knees…”
Although I accept the fact that this much running will cause injuries, and I have numerous Sports Med and PT appointments in the past 5 years to prove it, it’s nice to hear that common running “assumptions” don’t always hold true: