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Despite the impressive progress that's been made over the past few years to legitimize cannabis as a safe, effective medical option and wellness aid, a few stereotypes persist. One such falsehood is that cannabis consumers are lazy and unmotivated, content to fuse their Taco Bell wrapper-blanketed bodies to their couches while binge-watching Netflix. In reality, consumers are comprised of all different types. Yes, some prefer to shy away from exercise, but others intentionally utilize cannabis as a tool to aid their training efforts, which is what I do with running.
I started running regularly in 2007, slogging through my first half-marathon on little training and in horribly inefficient clothing (cotton is not your friend for endurance-sport attire). Since then, I've completed six marathons, two Ironman triathlons, and countless other races of varying distances. When I started working at Leafly in 2013, my cannabis consumption increased (it wasn't a job requirement, just a personal choice), and at first I was a bit worried that my ability to stay fit and chase personal records would decline. To my surprise, supplementing my run training with cannabis has actually helped both my motivation and my recovery, and I improved my marathon time enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon, which I ran this year (in Leafly gear, of course).