Periodically we will feature reruns of posts that ran before Salty Running’s official launch. This was before Salty Running had lots of bloggers and Salty wasn’t pregnant and able to forgo sleep to post like a maniac as she attempted to get the site up and running. Today we’re reposting our Fonz post about overtraining that was originally posted on March 20, 2012 to give Cinnamon a break as she wraps up her latest film job. We also thought it was a good reminder to behave as everyone starts ramping up training for fall race season. So sit back and enjoy. Ehhhhh!
I am a big nerd, I admit it. I minored in math in college. I loved math, at least when I could still understand it. When I got to differential equations it just got weird. Oh wait. Why am I telling you this? There is a point and it does have to do with your running.
In calculus there is a concept called a limit. It will help to explain the concept with an example. Let’s talk about jumping the shark. When TV producers want to keep audiences from getting bored with long-running shows, they often try spicing their shows up by adding new characters or new plot twists. However, there is a limit to the gimmickry that audiences will tolerate before the show jumps the shark. Here the limit is the amount of changes to a show’s original format that viewer’s can tolerate before they lose interest in the show. The producers want to use just as much gimmickry necessary to keep audiences tuning in, but not enough that the show crosses over the limit, or jumps the shark (Yeah, this was a gratuitous move to give me a reason to post a photo of the Fonz!)
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