In a few weeks, I'll be running the runDisney Half Marathon in Disneyland. Of course, that's assuming that my body remains injury-free, that I get there in time to run, and that nothing else gets in the way.
The half marathon is a great distance for a run. It's not so long like a full marathon that you start wondering about the reverse "J shaped" mortality curve if you run too much. After all, excessive exercise can be harmful to the heart. A few years ago, a poster presentation at the 2012 ACSM meeting titled, "Running and All-cause Mortality Risk - Is More Better" convinced a number of people in the medical community that too much exercise can be bad for you. Then, this year at the 2014 ACC conference, a poster titled, "Are Cardiovascular Risk Factors Responsible for the U-Shaped Relationship between Running and Longevity? The MASTERS Athletic Study" seemed to convince even more health care professionals about the right balance between exercise and health.
The 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon is scheduled for August 31 and it should be a great event! Looking forward to it!