Run for Your Life



A marathon is a runners race that covers 26 miles and 385 yards. The word marathon commemorates a legendary Greek soldier named Pheidippides who, about 2,500 years ago, ran all the way from the Battlefield at Marathon to Athens – covering that now fabled distance – to bring his countrymen the good news that they had won a terrible battle against the Persians.
Then, so the story says, Pheidippides dropped dead. That’s no way to cross a finish line.
Today, tens of thousands of men, women and youth run in hundreds of competitive marathons around the world every year and most of the injuries are no worse than blisters and shin splints.
So, what are you waiting for? Obviously, you and I and everybody else are far more fit than those old Greeks. Strap on those Nikes and hit the pavement.

ed2Not! There aren’t many of us who can really do that run. Some can’t even manager a jog to the corner store for a pack of cigarettes. So let’s have something easier. How about a half-marathon, only 13.1 miles? Or maybe a beginner’s delight 5K, a 5 kilometer run, that’s only 3.1 miles or even the Kids’ 2K at 1 ¼ mile, just a “walk in the park”.
Those are the distances you’ll find at next weekend’s Lucy Town races on Columbus Day weekend, 2015. Probably as many as 1000 people will be in Jamestown to enjoy the festival of fitness and even win some nice prizes for their pleasure.
My point is simple. Some of us run and some of us watch. Isn’t that the way it usually works out in life?
So why not let those runners inspire us just a bit with their own enthusiasm. Our good intentions are always ready to be taken seriously, they just need a little help.
Rags to riches motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, reminds us, “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
World famous Mayo Clinic, recognized leaders in health care, boiled it all down to a simple list of benefits of exercise. Pick your favorite and start any place you want. It’s all good. Exercise:

  1. Controls weight
  2. Combats conditions and diseases
  3. Improves mood
  4. Boosts energy
  5. Promotes better sleep
  6. Spark up your sex life
  7. Exercise can be fun

Whether or not you want to take on the fabled marathon run or start with a simple walk in the park, let this weekend’s Lucy Town Half-Marathon inspire you to start what you’ve wanted to start for so long. And if you already have your hands on a great exercise program, good work. Keep on keeping on.

And what if there’s one more benefit. Listen to Charlie Brown creator, Charles M. Schulz, said, “Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. If makes it feel needed.”
Enjoy the run, the walk and right here in your Jamestown Gazette, enjoy the read. It’s good exercise for your mind.

Walt Pickut
The Jamestown Gazette

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.