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Running reduces the risk of breast cancer

December 12, 2013

Eric Rutin supports Rave for the CureThose who know me know I am a fanatic about running for a myriad of reasons.  Talk to me for 10 minutes and I guarantee running will somehow come up in the conversation.  If you are a runner, I will talk all night long if you don’t abandon me which, despite my wonderful personality, actually happens.  Some of you may also know that my mom died from breast cancer over 15 years ago.  This has been why I have always been a huge supporter of the Race for the Cure; it allows me to combine two passions that are part of my core.  Though I must admit I wish that I, nor I imagine anyone else for that matter, never had to even concern myself with breast cancer.  It would be a much better planet if the cure was simply discovered and breast cancer was eradicated.  But until then it is about education and preventive behavior to help at least reduce the risks.

That very notion brings me to the point of today’s blog.  While checking out my timeline on Facebook  I saw a post from Runner’s World sharing an article on how running has been linked to reducing the risk for women getting breast cancer.  41% less of a chance to be be exact.  The amazing thing is it doesn’t even take that much effort to reap these benefits, just under 5 miles a week.  This is not the kind of commitment that requires a woman to drastically adjust her lifestyle to accommodate ultra marathon training training milage or anything.

Eric Rutin is a stick figureI know most of you that read my blog are runners already and 5 miles of weekly running can be knocked on Monday morning before heading to work.  If that is the case, on Tuesday you will be reducing your risk of heart disease, Wednesday you will be lowering your blood pressure, Thursday you will adding around 3 years to your life, Friday will put you in a better mood (a recent study showed that running can have comparable results to antidepressants), Saturday you will be preventing  losing your mind. literally (exercise reduces age-related mental decline) and on Sunday you will be letting youself splurge on cheese sticks and wings as you watch football (preferably the Lions or Steelers).  If you look at it collectively, that is a pretty solid week of accomplishment.

Since most of you are already runners, let us look at this as an opportunity to encourage those around us to run as well.  My daughter Emma (her middle name is Jane after my mom) did her first Race for the Cure when she was still in her mom’s womb.  Her next in a Baby Bjorn, then baby jogger, then walking before eventually running on her own.  She was an excellent runner through 5th grade when the brilliance of Arizona cross country with their August through October season and afternoon meets in 108 degrees soured her on the joy of running and instead converted running to a slow-roasted toaster torture for her.  I have been trying to get her off the couch and away from Netflix ever since without much success.  In PE she is always one of the top milers, she has to do running as ocnditioning for badminton and softball, but running for the joy of running has long since went dormant in her being.   So I was excited when she texted me a picture of some cute Nikes she wanted to start running again.  While I am probably not going to run to Runner’s Den or iRun and buy the $135 pair she wants before she demonstrates her commitment to running at least a couple of times a week, I am going to get her a cool pair to get going and encouraging her to knock out at least 4.75 miles a week.  I have even offered to run with her on Saturday morning though oddly she doesn’t seem as keen on the idea as me.   In addition to a  fierce independent spirit, I want the only similarity that Emma ever shares with her grandmother to be her name.Eric Rutin daughter Emma

So during this holiday season I encourage everyone to look around and see which of your loved ones you can get out the door and run a little.  Lets take it upon each of us to help reduce breast cancer (and many other health issues) in any way we can and to make our loved ones healthier.  Besides, runners are just cooler people.


Black Friday Running Deals

November 22, 2012

Most people wake up on Black Friday and go shopping at some God awful early hour, but as runners we are probably off logging some miles at 5 am. Below are some of the Black Friday sales at my favorite local running stores.

Hours: 10 am – 6 pm
4730 E. Indian School, Phoenix

Rather than the traditional early morning deals, iRun owner and ultra runner Mark will be hosting a Black Friday Happy Hour – Fri 3-6pm with 15% off everything except Garmin. 5% off extra if you are fashionable enough to wear U of A colors. (I suppose Mark will take pity and offer the same discount for those unfortunate souls that wear maroon and gold) Beer and wine will be served and football will be on the big screen as well.

The rest of the weekend is 10% off shoes and 15% off apparel.

Runner’s Den
Hours: 10 am – 6 am
6505 N. 16th St., Phoenix

You won’t need to wake up early to go see Craig, Ron or any of the other great folks at Runner’s Den on Friday. They will be offering 25% of all in-store apparel plus special 30% on select items.

If you buy $100 of gift cards for your friends and family you will get a bonus $25 gift card you can use to buy yourself something nice.

Lastly Asics 2170 and Brooks Adrenelines will be on sale for $79.95.

Still in a post Thanksgiving food coma on Friday? Don’t worry, the sale runs through the weekend!

Road Runner Sports
Hours: 9 am – 7 pm
43 S. McClintock, Tempe (Tempe Marketplace) or 7077 E. Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale

Are you a VIP member? If so, you will save an additional 10% bringing the total discount to 20%. If you are needing a GPS watch, he Garmin 610 will have 100 bucks knocked off it.

There are oodles of online sales, but the folks are running stores are so much more enjoyable than a cyber transaction. So sleep in, go for a run and then go visit one of these great stores and talk some running and buy some gear at a great price.

My run goes bad

“You’re gonna have to bleed to beat me, and I’m gonna bleed, but I’m willing to go there”….are you?

Michael Aish, 2 time Olympian and Leadville 100 rookie

I saw this quote posted on my friend Mark Cosmos from iRun‘s Facebook timeline yesterday.  At the time I thought it was was a pretty cool quote, but this morning it became my mantra.

I was supposed to do my long run yesterday, but after my short run on Friday was much harder than a short run should be, I decided a rest day was in store.  As a result it was a nice opportunity to sleep in, however it is also free Cinemax weekend on DirecTV and, well, Despicable Me was on at 5 AM and that movie is simply too cute to skip. I have to start recording early morning broadcasts.

“It’s so fluffy!”

I woke up a little after 4 this morning to start my pre-run morning rituals and preparations as usual.  The crazy heat has subsided but the humidity now has been pretty high by Phoenix standards, usually over 60% in the mornings.  This morning it was even higher.  Oh well, at least the temperature was only 86 degrees.  We get a little warped view of only temperatures here in Phoenix over the summer.

So off I went.

I ran my first mile and my legs were tighter than I had hoped but I had a long run for them to loosen up.  When I started getting near the two mile mark and my stride still was not feeling smooth, I started thinking.  By mile three, I started to think about when to call Carolyn to come pick me up as I had already soaked my visor to the point it began dripping.  Even though the sun wasn’t yet up, I realized the already humid morning was being made worse by literally everyone watering their yard simultaneously.

At this point I started to negotiate with myself and just one more block or light before I would turn around.  Then another and another.  Somehow I made it to four miles and I started planning the shortest shortcut I could devise to get me home as quickly as possible while I also was mentally adjusting my training schedule to accommodate my shorter run.  This is where my limited cognitive abilities on runs helped be out because I was surprised when my GPS informed me I had passed five miles and I was still alive.  At that point I made the decision to skip the shortcut turn and continue on.


I hadn’t even hit six and a half when I realized it was a mistake and my legs were gone.  This is also when I started my typical fantasizing about cold beverages despite wearing my Camelback filled with Gatorade.  I knew there was a hotel just down the road and I decided I would reward myself with a quick trip to their drinking fountain.  Unfortunately it turns out the hotel is closed for renovations.  Ahhh, there is the light rail station if I run just a little farther and there is a drinking fountain their.  Lo and behold I now was closing in on eight.

By this point it might as well have been raining as my visor looked like a waterfall dripping, no gushing, drops of sweat across the entire brim.  At this point I was on my way back home.  I had stopped worrying about my pace and decided I would just keep going.  While my physical strength continued to drain, my metal strength started building.  I had thought about that quote I had read, and while I was not in a race, my running was coming down to what runs are for so many of us, the personal challenge of accomplishing what other people dare not even try.  I knew the rest of my run was going to be painful, hot and every fiber of my being was going to try validating that quitting wasn’t only acceptable, but the responsible thing to do.

“You’re gonna have to bleed to beat me, and I’m gonna bleed, but I’m willing to go there”….are you?

I started telling myself, I was not going to quit no matter what.  I was not going to walk. Over the final miles I had an erratic pace that fluctuated from 9 minute pace to over 12.  I found myself continually drifting to my left, even clipping the side mirror of a parking SUV.  I was regretting forgetting to apply my Bodyglide in places I would rather not chafe.   I was lightheaded and couldn’t tell if it was a result of drinking too little or maybe even too much.  I have passed out on a run before, but I pretty much woke up the second I hit the ground.  This morning I had my doubts I was going to get up and was wondering if the EMTs would know which number to call.

“You’re gonna have to bleed to beat me, and I’m gonna bleed, but I’m willing to go there”….are you?

Sadly, I had to run by my house to finish my run which was just the extra torture I needed today (heavy on sarcasm), but I was not going to quit short at this point, even if it was just a mere quarter mile.  I am not going to lie, I did not run one additional step once my GPS beeped twelve.

Most people don’t get runners.  I hear so often people say they can’t run or just hate running but that is something I just don’t get.  Nor do I think most people that are reading this get either.  We run and often there is very little joy or satisfaction during the act.  In fact sometimes it is downright miserable, but when we finish knowing we overcame doubt, pain and every obstacle thrown at us, we feel a joy and satisfaction non-runners probably never will experience.

When our body and mind say enough is enough, we simply reply “You’re gonna have to bleed to beat me, and I’m gonna bleed, but I’m willing to go there”….are you?

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