Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pushing Past the Pain of Exertion


Sorry, folks, I always have to share when I have a fitness feature in the New York Times. This article is about pushing past the pain of exertion, a topic I'm personally fascinated by. I spoke to intriguing experts (alas, I only had space to quote five of them) as well as three amazing athletes--Kara Goucher, Chrissie Wellington, and Dean Karnazes. It was a thrill and honor.


Please let me know what you think about the article and the topic in general. I might be writing about it for a magazine as well.

9 comments:

Rosemary said...

I read your article and came here to see if you posted about it. I found it very interesting to read that Kara Goucher actually thought about dropping out of the marathon at 17 miles because it hurt so much - its sort of heartening to know even the elites hurt, and I'm really interested in finding out strategies for pushing through. I'd love to read a longer version - it seemed like the NY Times article cut off too early! Thanks -

Katie A. said...

Great article. Very cool you got to interview Kara. And the dr. is right: you gotta suck it up to run with the big girls! I really liked the idea of smiling and relaxing your hands. Both seem like a good way to again, distract yourself from the onset of that pain. Thanks! :)

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

OK I REALLY REALLY want to read the article but my computer wont let me open it.. OH well I will try at home.

Having been a college athlete it was my JOB to push through the pain. To learn the limits of the body and more importantly the mind.

I truly believe that my training in other sports, namely basketball, has and will make me a better runner.

I am hoping I can read the article before my race tomorrow. I am trying for a BIG PR in my Half Marathon.

Greer said...

I wrote a bit about this on my blog today:
http://piscesshe.blogspot.com/2009/10/long-way.html

Great article in the NYT!

Anonymous said...

Another good article. . . buy why is it that your pieces are run in the "Style" section? Does the NYT, even with its reputed liberal leanings, reason that women cannot write serious sports articles?

silly aunt sarah said...

DUDE!! what a sweet job you have! I would be so nervous to talk to those super athletes! The article was great and I would love to hear more...

marybob143@aol.com said...

I really enjoyed the article & thought about it while running since. It helped me think about what I was actually feeling. My mind tells me my body has trained for whatever kind of running I'm doing; so, in that regard, I know I can get through whatever it is. The article helped me realize that some pain is simply emotionally-based pain that I can get through...suck it up really sums it up. At the end of the day, we just want to have met our goals for running that day. Another way of putting it down South is "Git 'er done!" I like "suck it up" better... : )

Megan said...

I loved the article. It's kinda my philosophy on life, pushing past pain to get to the good parts. My mom would say "you can do anything for x amount of time". That saying has really helped me get thru things that were tough or unpleasant.

Also, hearing that even elite runners have self doubt make me feel better.

SeaBreeze said...

I read the article. I really liked it and the quotes were excellent. I could relate to the need for mantras and external distractions as they were essential in my first half marathon.