Training for a half marathon-six weeks before
As I played under the fashionably early summer rays this week, New York Times Mag reporters were hard at work, breaking the news that exercise keeps your brain just as fit as it keeps your body:
“Go for a walk or a swim. For more than a decade, neuroscientists and physiologists have been gathering evidence of the beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But the newest findings make it clear that this isn’t just a relationship; it is the relationship. Using sophisticated technologies to examine the workings of individual neurons — and the makeup of brain matter itself — scientists in just the past few months have discovered that exercise appears to build a brain that resists physical shrinkage and enhance cognitive flexibility. Exercise, the latest neuroscience suggests, does more to bolster thinking than thinking does.”
MEANWHILE at Camp Putnam: we hosted four straight (woe is me inducing) work days, during which time I graduated from painting lady to hammering lady at a rate unmatched by my peers. It was definitely a workout in its own right, but my running schedule didn’t get back on track until I arrived in Manhattan for the end of the week.
The reservoir loop in Central Park is a real stunner; however, my Saturday morning run felt awfully lonely without the WF training team to back me up. ALSO, I think I retroactively thwarted the physical rewards of my half-marathon regimen with a salmon benedict brunch at Nice Matin and a world famous slice of Momo Milk Bar pie.
NO MATTER, they can’t take my new cognitive flexibility away from me! Gotta love those folks at the New York Times – they’re always telling me just what I want to hear.
Updates coming soon on training for a half marathon!