Re "less is more" and rest/recovery days -- the theory, at least as I understand it, is that the "resting" of your muscles is really when the "building" is able to happen -- you tear it down when you're "working" it, but then if you don't give it a chance to "recover," you'll never have anything to build "up" on. Makes sense when you think about it, at least to me.
Yeah, the Hash are a wild bunch -- and a super lot of fun. Definitely check them out if you can -- esp in the DC area, it is ~such~ a fun way to get your running in. Esp considering that (as I've said ad infinitum!) I'm doing Galloway, which is running 2x/wk 30 mins each, walking 3x/wk, and then long run on Sunday, I miss the idea of having the hash to go to for the "weekday" runs or walks. As you said -- there is a lot of stuff that's sort of "under the radar" that has been going on forever -- like subcultures. The Hash is a perfect example. I loved running with them -- and they actually keep it "under the radar" kinda on purpose -- if it's all "word of mouth," then it keeps the group pretty "homogenous" with regard to nice, wacky, people (so to say). They did an article a while back in the Wall Street Journal on the Hash (believe it or not) and we wound up with a TON of people who came out who were more "serious runners" and just didn't "get the joke" as it were. They got teased a bit unmercifully for "being runners" (remember, the motto is "a drinking group with a running problem" ) -- and got kinda bent. Other than that one time, I recall that most "virgins" who found out about the Hash through word of mouth were generally welcomed with open arms. :-)
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