With an extensive background in employee benefits and technology, Oregon professional Graeme Queen holds executive responsibilities with an insurance company. An avid runner, Graeme Queen has competed in a variety of 5k and 10k runs, and also completed a half dozen marathons to date.
A recent CNN article brought attention to a study that focused on the potential health benefits of running marathons. Conducted by a University College London faculty member who consults as a cardiologist with the University College Hospitals and Barts Heart Centre, the study tracked 138 competitors as they trained for and completed their first marathon.
Nearly evenly male and female, all participants were from the ages of 21 to 69 and without a significant medical history. They underwent examinations six months prior to starting training and within three weeks following their successful marathon run.
A major finding was that blood pressure was significantly reduced, while age-related stiffening of the main artery in the body was reversed. This resulted in an average four-year decrease in participants “vascular age.” Interestingly, these health benefits were not tied to a specific training regimen or how quickly people were able to complete the marathon course. The only unifying factor was that prior to training, participants had reported running less than two hours each week.
Graeme Queen joined Portland, Oregon’s Standard Insurance Company in 2011 as the senior director of IT solution delivery. Graeme Queen leads a healthy, active lifestyle and is particularly fond of running. He has competed in marathons throughout the United States and plans to run in the Boston Marathon.
More than 30,000 runners competed in the 2019 Boston Marathon. Lawrence Cherono of Kenya edged Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa for the top time, finishing in two hours, seven minutes, 57 seconds, just two seconds ahead of Desisa.
Kenneth Kipkemoi followed eight seconds later, with a total of five runners finishing within one minute of Cherono’s time. Worknesh Degefa posted the best time for women – two hours, 23 minutes, 31 seconds, a comfortable 43 seconds ahead of second place Edna Kiplagat.
Seven of the top 15 times were recorded by American women, compared to six of the top 15 men. Winners of the wheelchair competitions included Daniel Romanchuk of Illinois and Manuela Schar of Switzerland.
Registration for the 2020 Boston Marathon opens in September. The event will take place on April 20.
As the senior director of IT solution delivery at Standard Insurance Company of Portland, OR, Graeme Queen oversees applications and support services for the firm’s business units. In his leisure time, Graeme Queen enjoys The Wire, a television series that ran for five seasons in the 2000s on HBO.
Ten years later, many critics still consider it to be among television’s finest series. Writing for Slate magazine, Jacob Weisberg praised the show for its portrayal of broken social institutions in the city of Baltimore.
The Wire takes an unflinching look at the isolation of the African-American underclass. While the show focuses on drug dealing and anti-narcotics police work, it also examines the city’s political and educational systems. Its multiplicity and richness of characters reminded some observers of Dickens.
Although its producers had to fight for renewal every season, The Wire has had a significant impact on Hollywood. It featured several black actors in its large cast, and boosted the careers of Michael K. Williams, Idris Elba, and Michael B. Jordan.
Winner of the prestigious Peabody Award in 2004, The Wire became more popular after its run on HBO, thanks to DVD sales and the then-new phenomenon of binge watching.
A senior director at an Oregon-based application development and support services company, Graeme Queen oversees budgeting and handles setup and management of offshore development. An avid runner, Graeme Queen has competed in multiple marathons as well as 5K and 10K races.
In addition to proper form and appropriate footwear, proper breathing is key to success in any running endeavor. Running coaches recommend that runners employ deep belly breathing while running instead of chest breathing. Belly breathing allows for deeper breaths and ensures the body gets the oxygen it needs to stay active. On the other hand, lung expansion and therefore oxygen intake is limited with chest breathing.
To practice belly breathing, begin by lying on the floor and placing your hands on your stomach. Take a deep breath, making the belly expand, then exhale all the air in the lungs until the abdominal muscles contract. As you breathe in and out, you should see your hands rising on the stomach. Over time, you can consciously employ this breathing technique during short walks, jogs, and eventually runs.
In addition to breathing through the stomach, runners should breathe through the mouth instead of the nose. The mouth is capable of taking in more air and helps runners achieve maximum oxygen intake during a run.