Letters: May/June 2015
Letters published in IMPACT Magazine's Multisport Issue – May/June 2015
Running For Life
A few days before my 42nd birthday I will finish a 13-week learn to run training program. My first interval run of one minute run and two minutes walk was more than a start towards good health or completing a 10K race.
For me, my first step of this program was a reclaiming of my health and an awareness of my new lease on life. For me it was the first steps toward recovery and beginning a life that I saw for myself.
Backtrack seven weeks before those first steps, where I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and the removal of three lymph nodes for Stage 0 breast cancer, known as DCIS, and immediate reconstruction. I run knowing that it could have been so much worse, but it wasn't. I run because my sister's diagnosis was worse and the side effects of chemo make it hard for her to run.
I run three mornings a week, rain or shine or bone-chilling winds. I lace on my eight-year-old runners, grab my Dollar Store stove timer and run. I revel in the runner's high that comes in every now and then, where nothing aches and my stride is solid. I revel in the tiring heaviness of my legs and hips on interval four simply because I can. I run.
Through it all, my friend of 31 years, Jackie, has been my biggest supporter. Although I'm in Vancouver and she's in Calgary, she cheerleads from afar sending text messages: "What week are you on? How many minutes are you running now? I am proud of you." She runs with me when she's in town even though my runner's gait is a cross between a turtle and a lopsided gazelle and she is a half-marathoner who runs in snow. She makes
it so I don't have to think about oatmeal to get me through the tough moments. She gives me information, such as hooking me up with IMPACT Magazine, and unwavering support.
I may not be as experienced as most of your readers are in the running department, but I look forward to the day that I am. Until then I will put the information that you offer to good use as I gear up for my first official 10K race in October. So this is a thank-you letter not just to your staff, but to my friend Jackie and this crazy thing called running that, in truth, keeps me quite sane.
Nicole Davies | Vancouver, B.C.
I enjoyed the nutrition article by Allyson Johnson called Road to Recovery, in particular the comments about magnesium.
You mention "ion based magnesium..." I also have read about magnesium glycinate, magnesium taurate, and protein chelate, however the only type I find at the store is magnesium oxide. Am I consuming the right type of magnesium? Is there any difference between the previously mentioned types? Also, I am taking 500mg of magnesium oxide each morning, however you suggest it should be taken at night.
Jorge Pecovnik | Calgary, Alta.
Magnesium glycinate is available in the stores and on paper looks to give you the best magnesium, however it requires high HCL (gastric acid) in the stomach which most people are low in and, as such, is not absorbed as well. Magnesium oxide is absorbed at the lowest levels and is traditionally used as a laxative.
The magnesium citrate ion occurs when the molecule is released in hot water. The only product I've found, which was produced over 40 years ago, is called Natural Calm and has the citrate molecule, which releases into the biologically active ion form in hot water and is the product I recommend. For more information, read The Magnesium Miracle by Dr. Caroline Dean.
As for when to take magnesium, it is depleted every 12 hours, so it can be taken morning and night up to 500 mg each time.
Allyson A. Johnson | Nutrition Editor
"Alright! Let's go!"
I had the pleasure of reading back-to-back articles Lost & Found and Ageless Wonder in your March/April edition. The articles featured Allison Tai and Rod Waterlow, both whom are an inspiration to your readers.
It's so amazing to read Allison overcome exceptional odds to stay alive after being lost in the trails with her no quit attitude. I am in awe to read about Mr. Waterlow, who at 77, apparently does not know the meaning of stop when it comes to running. His accolades speak volumes.
These two individuals have inspired me so much that I went from, "Running? I don't think so!" to "Alright! Let's go!"
I look forward to more articles like these! Thank you!
Harvey Eng | Vancouver, B.C.
I picked up your March/April issue as part of a race package at the recent Toronto 10K Yonge Street event. I am not a runner and tend to define myself as "just a walker." Nevertheless, I'm always impressed by the variety of participants from the supercharged power walkers and race walkers to the walker who is making the significant "step(s)" to health improvement. Most of all, I'm impressed by the walkers who keep walking right into their golden and platinum years with very impressive times. At this event, there was a lady in her 70s who walked it in 84 minutes. Last year, a lady in the 95 plus age group did the Sun Run in Vancouver in 90 minutes. I realize that these times seem pedestrian to a runner, but I would suggest they time their 10K while walking.
These people are my inspiration to keep moving and to be more than just a walker.
Susan Joe | Sherwood Park, Alta.