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Comments on A Trail Runner's Blog: Does ultrarunning improve memory skills? (article by Nobel laureate, James Watson)





Updated: 2017-11-17T15:52:05.519-08:00

 



I knew that doing some aerobic exercises such as j...

2007-12-04T02:23:00.000-08:00

I knew that doing some aerobic exercises such as jogging will help to improve memory. Your post gave me further evidence that it really works. Keeping a daily routine of running should be the thing to do to keep the brain kicking.



That is amazing at 80 and still brilliant. Maybe h...

2007-11-03T10:42:00.000-07:00

That is amazing at 80 and still brilliant. Maybe he can pass on how to memorize for test taking to our kids. Getting them to run, heck just getting them out of bed is a feat in its own.



Just wanted you to know i love your blog and it's ...

2006-04-19T02:10:00.000-07:00

Just wanted you to know i love your blog and it's helping me in my own training.

Btw, i've met Watson. Brilliant man but a dick in real life. :-/

Keep on blogging! (and running)



Hi Scott!I´m writting from Patagonia Argentina! Ho...

2006-04-18T10:24:00.000-07:00

Hi Scott!

I´m writting from Patagonia Argentina! How about an Ultra here?
check www.q50patagonia.com
Come on! Join us!!

Take care and happy trails!
Alejandra



Good to meet you, Tim and John! And thanks for the...

2006-04-18T05:51:00.000-07:00

Good to meet you, Tim and John! And thanks for the poem. I'm glad to hear you guys are getting outside.

Cheers, SD



Hi Scott,Didn't see your email so posting this her...

2006-04-16T21:17:00.000-07:00

Hi Scott,

Didn't see your email so posting this here for everybody. I came across your blog which struck very resonant inside of me and encouraged me to try something I have sometimes considered, trail running. One time last summer I ran off-road in Yellowstone and found it strangely exhilarating. This weekend I found a race called the MuddySneaker (http://www.roadsarepoison.com/muddysneaker.html) in upstate NY where I was going to spend a weekend before doing business this week in Rochester. It was too late too take part in the race but I took your advice off your blog and went and learned something. The community of people was great and watching the race was very inspiring. I asked lots of questions and learned a lot about the sport. After the race I ran part of the trail to try it myself and loved it. Today, Easter Sunday, I tried trail running for the third time, on a beautiful stretch out here by Watkins Glen, NY where there are dozens of waterfalls falling into Seneca Lake. I am now hooked for life I think. Here is a poem about my experience for which I thank you.

I am not a poet so this could be crap but I wanted to capture a little of the experience. Its called:

My First Muddy Sneakers

A nice flat camping access road
Sun on my face
I am over 20% body fat
Here comes a hill

I can’t finish the hill
I walk to the top and
Fall down the other side
Gradually running again

Marks take me left,
Into the trees
Trees surround me
Shield me, but don’t suffocate me.

The trail is windy
The trail is straight
The trail shrinks
The trail fattens.

Root ridges,
Slog, mud, gunk
Dead leaves.
A soft wind

An open field
A back road
Beatiful crashing waterfalls,
Into the woods again.

Across a bridge
And all around slate.
Water pouing down.
I climb out and splash myself.

Again I run, I feel cold and damp.
But I feel fine, I am getting stronger.
I jump over a felled log.
I run along a pond.

I reach the end
It is 2:15, time to turn around.
I have 3 swallows left.
One now, one at a spot on the way back.

I stop. I take it in.
I ran until 2:15.
What a beautiful site, a huge waterfall below.
I notice the water is green and ugly.

I head back and on the way back something unexpected.

After my last swallow
I am noticing that I am gaining speed.
I am feeling better and better.
I am running hard and I don’t feel pain.

I run faster and faster,
I consume hills up and down
But with respect both ways
Running more carefully and more aggressively.

And then there is a stretch…
A stretch where the orange pine needles make soft the way,

I land soft and firm on the earth
Which now is not taking but giving

Giving more and more to each step,
My eyes get wide,
My chest fills up,
My head goes back

I want to run!
I want to jump, I want to land
I want to switch directions.
I don’t want anything else but this trail.

Chills go up my back
I hit a long straight path again.
The excitement is over
But only in degree.

I run strong and true
I feel everything I have ever felt
I have dozens of gears
I slowly come to a stop.

I smile at a family getting out of their car
Ready to walk the trail.
“We drove 3 hours so it better be beautiful’ he says
“Don’t worry its worth it” I say.

- John Wright
New trailrunner



Great blog! I just got started on my personal fitn...

2006-04-16T15:58:00.000-07:00

Great blog! I just got started on my personal fitness blog. I go trail running often, I'll have to drop by to keep up with what you're doing.

Good reading. :)



The Takeaway is the best!

2006-04-16T07:17:00.000-07:00

The Takeaway is the best!