The Starting Line
Terry Purcell is one of the top athletes in the world in a sport you’ve never heard of.
The 40-year-old Springfield man is a tower runner, and he’s won sprints up the John Hancock Center, Willis Tower and Aon Center in Chicago, the Empire State Building, and the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles.
Winter dumped several inches of snow on the area, making for a slippery commute. In spite of the weather, 15 dedicated exercisers were in the pool at the University of Illinois’ Campus Recreation Center East at 8:30 a.m. on a January morning.
Two Champaign cross-country runners received all-state honors for their accomplishments during the 2010 season.
We all know that getting some exercise is good for us.
The recommended amount for adults is 30 minutes per day. Only 25 percent of us meet that standard, despite efforts to encourage people to be more active. And that hasn’t changed in 20 years.
OK, be honest. If you ran the Siberian Express at Kickapoo State Park last weekend, you might have had a beer or two at the post-race party.
And a cold one tastes pretty good after a long, hot summer run.
But do runners — or cyclists, skiiers or anyone who regularly exercises — drink more? Or, conversely, do people who drink tend to exercise more?