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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Funemployment? How I'm becoming a better marathoner

Had to laugh when I came across this story in the Wall Street Journal the other day about unemployed people becoming more fit because they have more time to train (and rest) for their favorite athletic activities.

In an article titled, "Slow economy, faster marathons," Reed Albergottit writes, "Americans might be poorer, but they certainly aren't slower. With the economy in the doldrums, more people are discovering that without those 12-hour workdays, they're able to pursue fitness goals like never before. Marathons, triathlons and road races are filling up in record time."

I think I have to agree with the premise of this article. During the lead up time to my previous four marathons, I'd do a 6 to 10 mile run, then quickly get home, shower, and go to work on tired legs.

Now, with no job, I can lengthen that run to 8 to 14 miles, take a dip in Barton Springs, have a coffee, come home and sleep.

I run more and certainly rest more.

But I'd rather be tired at work.

I see black people: There were 7 other blacks out on the trails at Town Lake today, a surprising number because I usually see just three or four of us running. All seven that I saw this morning were not running, but at least they were out there. The ones that stay in my head were this black woman in her late 50s who had a very good trot going on, and a black guy (with some other white guys) wearing a yellow Navy shirt and blue Navy shorts. The giveaway that he was a newbie runner was that he was wearing white, leather tennis shoes. But hey, he was out there.

Wanna know why I'm writing about seeing black people running? Click here.


Blogger lindsay said...

pssh i'll trade ya. the construction world is a wonderful place. they may even let you use the pink porta potty in my place.

your schedule sounds nice and lush, but i can certainly understand it's not ALL fun and games. hope you find something soon!

July 29, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

I did talk to my friend Rachel today and she said she almost always runs in her neighborhood, not on the trail (too far, doesn't want to drive down there, etc.)

July 29, 2009 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Christie said...

I've been job free for almost 2 weeks now. I've run the most I've ever run this month. And I feel lazy at the same time. I take a nap almost everyday. But I'm in the best shape ever. Yay for funemployment!

July 29, 2009 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Just_because_today said...

more time to train but less money to keep that ever increasing entry fees

July 30, 2009 at 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

They need to lower the race fees to coincide with the fast, unemployed runners.

July 30, 2009 at 9:04 PM  

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