Mon Mar 6, 2017, 10:13 AM
Agent_86 (1,941 posts)
Suspicions Surround Elite Nike Running Team
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The story has all the ingredients of a tale of American heroism. It begins on a soccer field with a pale, 14-year-old boy from Portland with Dumbo ears and an overbite. He isn't particularly skilled with the ball, but to compensate, he runs faster and further than all the rest. On the sidelines, a track-and-field coach watches in excitement.
After the game, the coach speaks to the boy and not long later he begins his training regimen. Slowly, more and more talented runners join the team.
Nike, a sportswear manufacturer driven by the vision of seeing an American win Olympic gold in the marathon, becomes the team's sponsor. The high-profile event has been dominated for decades by distance runners from Kenya and Ethiopia.
Referring to Alberto Salazar when he was competing:
During training, Salazar would sometimes run up to 300 kilometers (185 miles) per week, and his body didn't cooperate for long. Salazar retired from marathon racing in his late 20s, plunging him into depression. "I was famous for my obsession to outwork any rival and for my absolute refusal to lose," Salazar wrote in his 2013 autobiography. "I lived a life of extreme athletic excess, as far gone, in my way, as a drug addict or alcoholic."
During my marathon training I was in the 80 miles per week range. I know about runners who, while not at the very top of the sport, run in the neighborhood of 120 miles a week. In my estimation, running 185 miles a week is crossing a line into physical abuse of one's body. If that distance is divided equally into 7 days then Mr. Salazar was running a marathon every day which suggests he didn't give his body a recovery allowance. I wonder if he ever ran twice a day to reach that figure? I haven't done it, but I understand two-a-day running can be an effective method of mixing training with employment or family obligations.
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Mon Mar 6, 2017, 10:20 AM
Shkreli (2,146 posts)
1. Running (and other repetitive cardio) is terrible for male physiology. Kills testosterone, shortens
life. Pumps estrogen into the male system.
Consider it in the context of natural selection: What has more value, a man that can run away or one who can turn and fight. For men, short duration high intensity training will optimize.
Running is conversely outstanding for females.
Fake Equalism of the American Gender Blender literally kills folks.