There's often a fine line between a healthy, productive enthusiasm or even "obsession" for an activity that we love; and, on the other hand, compulsion or addiction that ends up causing us harm. When is "too much of a good thing" a good thing -- and when is it simply too much?Â
Yuki Kawauchi of Setagaya, Tokyo, recently turnedÂ a very bright light on his countryâ€™s running legacy, given a chance by almost no one, he won the Boston Marathon â€” the oldest and most prestigious of the worldâ€™s annual marathons â€” in frigid temperatures, relentless wind, and horizontal rain. Here's how he prepared.
"Shalane Flanagan cut such a familiar figure Sunday at the New York City Marathon, running toward the cameras in Central Park with her upright carriage, high cheekbones flushed with exertion, chin tucked, blond ponytail switching back and forth like a metronome. Now she was the one who was accelerating beyond reach."
The dream was to get around the world in 80 days. To get back here in 78 days and change is an absolute dream come true.Â
AÂ recently published reportÂ from the website RunRepeat.com found that American road race results are slower than ever before. The report looked at more than 34 million U.S. road race results between 1996 and 2016, the largest analysis of its kind.Â The only ones not getting slower areÂ the top elite runners.