I've always thought the models look too much like happy smiley fake people and nothing like the real world. They always seem to be on the beach as well. They look very 'american runner' to me, all clean and wholesome and average. Attractive but mainly wholesome. Maybe that's what makes people pick the mag up on the shelf.
I don't really care though because as a regular reader all I look at on the front cover is the top stories for a preview on the inside.
I think it's probably right that they put on the front what their market sector wants and I don't think political correctness or proportional representation will have an effect either way.
If I bought a mag in affica for african people (say nigeria where most people are not white) i'd expect not to see many white people on the cover, I think non white ethnicity only accounts for 5% of the uk population so even if it was propotional only one in 20 covers would have a black/asian person on it.
I would like to see more varied people on the cover though because the boring wholesome american looking person bounding down the beach looks just like every other cover.
Sorry to any americans out there I can't think of any other way of describing that look.. it comes from seeing american tv dramas where the good looking ones all have that look about them.
I had my appendix out which stopped me being able to exercise for a few weeks. I was fit before and had built up to that level to my great satisfaction :o).. so it was horrible to be stuck in a hospital bed and then to the sofa when I got home.
The key thing to keep in your mind is that even if you loose your fitness you can get it back relatively quickly, your body wont loose all the fitness you had and so it will come back quicker than when you first worked to get it.
Also, think long term, this is just a small blip as far as your whole life goes, you'll be back on the road in no time.
Built up slowly and do things that are less stressful on the body like cycling/walking to help maintain your fitness while you recover. I was in the gym a couple of weeks before I started running again.
Even now you're probably fitter than some couch potatos :O)
Had mine out in an emergency op. I'm 24 and was doing 10 mile runs before and although I started running again after around 6-8 weeks the longish break set my fitness back a bit and i'm still not quite back in shape after 3 months. Will be very soon though!!
I found exercising ok after about 4 weeks but running was a bit too jolty and put pressure on the abdomen.
I still get niggles from that area of my abs when I push myself even now. Suppose it's cos they cut through the muscle to get to the bad bits.
Anyone else find that it looks like the have some flesh missing from that area i.e. slighly concave compared to the other side, perhaps where they remove fat to do to op?
I've bought some running "tights" - I hate calling them that they sound girly but hey it's their name.. anyway.. they seem very good at wicking away sweat and ideal for the cold and completely stop chafing on the inside of the thighs which not all shorts do.
My question is what underwear is good with them, because I find normal cotton briefs get extreemly sweaty under these. I've tried no underwear at all but this allowed some chaffing in the nether regions!
Any advice on what underwear is good for long distance running will be appreciated, that area can get very sweaty after 10 miles - yuk!