Having just completed an 87-mile training week, I was disappointed in the results, although hardly surprised:
I had averaged a depressing 10 hours per day sitting.
This conclusion was based on diary that tracked how I spent my time over the last week: sitting, standing, walking, running, and lying down.
The motivation for this exercise was the growing concern among healthcare professionals about the risks of a sedentary lifestyle, especially too much sitting. Indeed, according to one recent study, more than 7 hours a day sitting could be unhealthy. In which case, I’m at risk.
Ted Corbitt, known as the “father of long distance running,” is famous for many accomplishments. I had heard that his training regime included weeks where he’d run 200 miles or even 300. I couldn’t imagine how someone could do that while working full time. And why would you want to?
And so it was with great interest that I attended a presentation hosted by the New York Road Runners featuring Corbitt’s son, Gary, who shared personal insights about his father and talked about the history of the New York running scene.