"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.

Monday, January 7, 2013

And The Survey Says ...

I recently received the first results from the Gatorade Sports Science testing performed at the Chicago Marathon in October. This initial feedback appears to be based on the collection of pre and post-race runner surveys, as well as the overall race statistics.  Additional test data, with information regarding blood and saliva samples, will be distributed soon.

As mentioned in the post prior to the marathon (In the Name of Science), I am extremely curious about testing and the associated studies that help us improve our performance and understand the correlation between our behaviors and our race results. From these charts, the most interesting feedback is what seems to be my excessive use of carbohydrates during the race and my good fortune relative to GI issues.  Coupled, it makes me wonder if there is any correlation between the two. If so,  then I shouldn't change a thing. If not, could I cut back on the carbs and still avoid intestinal trouble? And yes, these critical, life altering questions do keep me up at night!


Top data includes all 45,000 registered runners and all completed times.  Bar charts represent those in study, 300 +/-

Yikes! I guess I win the medal for most GU intake!


I realize how fortunate I am to not have GI issues of any kind over the last several years

I feel pretty good about my fluid intake, pretty much in line with most all runners

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