"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The End of the "TRAILS" ..... or Maybe Not!

Today was my final visit to the Wake Forest Health Sciences lab as part of the TRAILS (The Runners And Injury Longitudinal Study) running study.  I won't rehash the origins of my participation, but you can find the details of the first few sessions here: TRAILS Running Study.  

Aside from the accountability that came with a commitment to run minimum weekly mileage for a year, the TRAILS program has been an extremely interesting research process. I have always wanted to take part in a longer term program, but never qualified until this one came along.  It was a perfect match and I'm hopeful to utilize the findings as my running continues. 

Speaking of results, I am told that in approximately 6 months the full study will conclude.  I will receive a report of the overall findings and more information on my personal data, hopefully this includes the biomechanics test from an earlier session (a.k.a., my audition for video game character).  In return for completing the one year study, today I received a very nice gift card to the local New Balance store, a technical long sleeve TRAILS shirt and was informed that I am still covered by the school's orthopedic program should I become injured in the next 6 months.  What a deal! And don't tell them this, but I would have participated without any of these benefits! 

Finally, there was word in the lab today that an additional grant was being provided by the US ARMY (the study sponsor), for a phase II running group. Participants will be selected from the initial 200 runners in phase I, based on certain criteria. And in learning of this, I could think of no better visual of my response than that of Arnold Horshack, hand in the air, shouting "Ooh-ooh-ooooh, pick me Mr. Kotter, pick me!" 

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