Melasma is pretty common in runners and triathletes. I presume this is because we spend a fair amount of time training outside in the sun. This skin condition is characterized by brown patches which are, typically, on sun-exposed areas of the face. Sun, hormones and genetics are all contributing factors. Birth control pills and pregnancy are two hormonal factors that can contribute. For many triathletes, the most modifiable risk factor/trigger for melasma is sun exposure.
As an athlete, you need to be STRONG in BOTH cardiovascular strength/endurance BUT ALSO IN Muscular Strength and Endurance! This is the type of conditioning to be able to lift something heavy off the floor like a Husky or a bag of potting soil. How well can you stand up from the edge of a chair without armrests ten times in succession?
We all know how it goes: wake up, take the kids to school, go to work, take the kids to one of their many practices, then fit in our swim, bike and run training somewhere in between. Additionally, some of us are going to school too, which means homework and papers to write on top of the normal daily grind of grocery shopping, cooking dinner, cleaning the house, and trying to get ready to do it all over again tomorrow.
It is so much easier to focus on why not and stop, then it is to preserve, find the inner grit and accomplish the goal. Running a marathon means showing yourself you are capable of overcoming every doubt, any shame, and proving to yourself you are capable of anything.
We need to reset and rest. For many of us, the “R” word is one we dread because we feel like we have primed bodies that can endure many conditions and rest just isn’t in our vocabulary. We have long runs, long rides, tempos, fartleks, drills, active recovery, but rest, what is that?!