Kate Glavan, a former college athlete, has found a new love for running with the help of cannabis. Glavan, who used to play volleyball at New York University, felt that running during her college days was more like a punishment than a pleasurable activity. However, after leaving the team, she wanted to find a way to enjoy moving her body. That’s when she discovered the joys of running without the constraints of her college training.
To enhance her running experience, Glavan started consuming cannabis before her runs. She believes that cannabis helps her achieve a state of tranquility, allowing her to be present in the moment and fully focused on her run. Glavan has been using cannabis before her runs for the past year, including before her first marathon in New York City on November 5th.
Glavan’s interest in using cannabis for running was sparked by her involvement with the cannabis running club Rage and Release and reading the book “Runner’s High” by Josiah Hesse. However, it was a premarathon stress fracture that led her to incorporate THC into her routine. After getting prescribed medication for pain management that didn’t work, she turned to cannabis for a more holistic remedy. She found that consuming edibles not only helped with her knee pain but also improved her mood and anxiety.
Initially, mixing cannabis and running felt experimental for Glavan. She had to learn about different strains, dosage, and timing to find what worked best for her. Factors like metabolism, body weight, and meal timing also played a role in determining the effects of cannabis on her runs.
To ensure a successful experience running the New York City Marathon, Glavan sought the help of a running coach who took her cannabis intake into account. She consumed around 2 to 5 mg of edibles every 30 to 45 minutes to maintain a lifted state and reduce anxiety during the race. This approach was similar to planning energy gels and water breaks throughout the race.
Glavan’s cannabis use during the marathon allowed her to feel like she was floating through the 26.2 miles, describing it as a party. Crossing the finish line in four hours and seven minutes, she proved that ambitious goals can be achieved while under the influence of cannabis.
Despite facing backlash for promoting cannabis use, Glavan believes that her role is to encourage people to move their bodies and believe in themselves. She also wants to challenge the stigmas surrounding cannabis and elevate groups that support those affected by harsh cannabis laws and the war on drugs. As a white woman discussing cannabis, she feels a responsibility to address the misconceptions and stereotypes associated with its use.
On a personal level, Glavan is challenging the notion that one has to fit a certain mold to be considered a runner. She believes that anyone can show up to run, regardless of their appearance or accolades, and it should be celebrated and accepted.
Overall, Glavan’s experience with using cannabis before running has transformed her relationship with the sport. It has allowed her to find joy and tranquility in her runs, and she hopes to inspire others to do the same.