Healthlinks Upstate March/April 2022

52 | www.Ups tatePhys i c i ansSC . com | www.Hea l thL i nksUps tate. com RUNNING By the Numbers In 1954, Roger Bannister was the first runner to break the 4-MINUTE MILE at the AGE OF 25. - The New York Times It takes the average person between 16 AND 20 WEEKS to train to run a marathon, which is 26.2 MILES. - Runners World At 105, Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins of Baton Rouge is the OLDEST competitive runner in the world. - WWLTV It’s best not to run EVERY DAY. You should take at least ONE DAY off per week. - Winning Health BRIDGE RUN FAST FACTS • This year’s Cooper River Bridge Run will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2022. The race will be capped at 38,500 people. • The first Cooper River Bridge Run took place in 1978 and it included 766 runners. Today, the run is the third largest 10K in the country. A 10K is approximately 6.2 miles. • Global elite runners began running the race in 1992. Since then, Kenyan runners have held a continuous winning streak. • In 1994, Oprah ran the race and in 1997 Bill Murray fired the cannon at the start of the race. • In 2006, a record 45,663 people signed up for the race. The year after, the Bridge Run was capped at 40,000 runners. • In 2010, timing chips and race bibs were included in the race for the first time. • As a result of the pandemic in 2020, a virtual run replaced the actual race and an in-person race took place on Sept. 25, 2021. Source: Standing on the edge of a step and allowing your own body weight to create a stretch is a good way to prevent calf and Achilles injuries. Additionally, weight loss is really good for joint health. “One pound of weight loss at the waist equals three to five pounds on the knees,” said Dr. Upshaw. Other preventive measures include heel lifts to put in shoes and massaging the bottom of the feet to prevent plantar fasciitis. “It’s best to massage the plantar fascia – the tissue just above the heel – first thing in the morning to avoid an injury when you step out of bed,” she said. But the bottom line, said Dr. Upshaw, is that becoming inactive with age is much harder on your body than the risk of running injuries. “Motion is lotion for your joints,” she said. “When you become inactive, you may start putting on weight and lose strength in your quadriceps, which is the worst thing for your joints.”