EU watchdog takes aim at planned Bosnian coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The EU energy watchdog urged a Bosnian regional parliament on Thursday not to approve a government guarantee for a China Exim Bank loan that is designed to help power utility EPBiH add a new unit at its Tuzla coal-fired power plant.The guarantee covers 85 percent of the total value of the contract signed last November for the largest investment in Bosnia’s postwar energy infrastructure. EPBiH’s shareholders gave it the go-ahead this month but it must still be approved by the parliament of the autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation.The Energy Community, an international body established by the EU and eight aspiring member states to extend the bloc’s energy policy to would-be members, said the guarantee may constitute illegal state aid and that the vote should be put on hold until the case has been properly investigated.The move follows a complaint from environmentalist groups opposed to the project. They accused the government of the Bosniak-Croat Federation of trying to rush the deal through the parliament before national and regional elections in Bosnia on Oct. 7.The Balkans are increasingly turning to China for funding as the European Union, the World Bank and other institutions cut back on financing coal-based projects. China Gezhouba Group and Guandong Electric Power were picked to build the 450 megawatt (MW) unit in the city of Tuzla at a cost of 1.8 billion Bosnian marka ($1.1 billion), to replace three outdated units at the 715 MW plant.Environmentalists object to the coal projects planned with China, saying they do not meet EU rules and could add to already high levels of air pollution, while also exposing cash-strapped Bosnia to costly plant upgrades once it joins the EU.More: EU energy watchdog urges Bosnian lawmakers not to back Chinese energy loan EU watchdog takes aim at planned Bosnian coal plantlast_img read more

U.S. cities a growing market for new solar installations, report finds

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Solar capacity is gaining in urban areas across the U.S., according to a report released this week by Environment America Research & Policy Center and climate research organization the Frontier Group.The number of U.S. cities with more than 50 megawatts of solar installed jumped from eight in 2013 to 23 in 2018. During that same period, 79 percent of the 57 cities the organizations followed through six editions of the report more than doubled their installed solar capacity.Of the 69 cities surveyed in this year’s report, Los Angeles claimed the top spot for total capacity installed, at 420 megawatts. Two other California cities, San Diego and San Jose, joined L.A. in the top 10 cities for total capacity.Though the results show that the cities with the most solar are largely clustered along the edges of the U.S., most regions contain a city with at least 10 to 20 megawatts of installed capacity. The top 10 cities for total solar capacity include those located in Hawaii and California, but also Indiana, Colorado and TexasDespite the gains, researchers note there’s room for a great deal more solar in U.S. cities. A 2016 study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) lays out the high potential for cities to install a staggering amount of solar compared to current installations. Using buildings of all sizes, NREL found that the 128 cities it analyzed could cumulatively install over 1,000 gigawatts of solar to generate 39 percent of annual U.S. generation.The NREL authors also note that Los Angeles, the city with the highest solar installations per capita, has potential for 9 gigawatts of solar within its limits. That dwarfs its current installed capacity by over 20 times. And according to NREL study, 9 gigawatts would meet 60 percent of L.A.’s estimated electricity consumption.More: Solar installations gain ground in U.S. cities U.S. cities a growing market for new solar installations, report findslast_img read more

Oilfield services company Schlumberger reports huge third quarter loss

first_imgOilfield services company Schlumberger reports huge third quarter loss FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield service company, reported steep losses in the third quarter after writing down the value of two previous acquisitions and its North American shale business by billions of dollars.Schlumberger said it lost $11.4 billion in the three-month period ending in September, compared to a $659 million profit during the same period a year earlier. Third quarter revenues rose to $8.54 billion from $8.5 billion in the third quarter of 2018.The third quarter loss was more than double the combined $5.6 billion of profits that Schlumberger earned during the previous 12 quarters. The company, which is headquartered in Paris but has its principal offices in Houston, blamed the loss on $12.7 billion of pretax charges.More than $8.8 billion of those charges were attributed to write downs in the value of business units formed by the 2010 acquisition of Houston oilfield service company Smith International and 2016 acquisition of Houston offshore service company Cameron International. Executives attributed another $1.6 billion in losses to write downs in value for company’s North American hydraulic fracturing business, which has suffered from weaker demand amid lower crude oil businesses and tightening customer budgets.Despite those write downs, Schlumberger beat Wall Street expectations for revenue and generated $1.7 billion of cash flow from operations during the third quarter, which executives said makes the company look strong moving forward.Bill Herbert, head of energy research for the Houston investment banking firms Simmons Energy, was not as dismissive of the writedowns, calling it a “muddled quarter” for Schlumberger. “The asset write-downs today spoke about the misallocation of capital over the last 10 years,” Herbert said. “Anyone who engaged in acquisitions over the last five to 10 years overpaid. And that’s not just overpaid. They overpaid significantly.”More: Schlumberger’s $11.4 billion loss blamed on two past acquisitions, weakening shale marketlast_img read more

BP, ExxonMobil, Shell investors say ‘show me the money’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal ($):Investors want just one thing from the world’s biggest oil companies: cold, hard cash. But it is becoming harder for the oil giants to deliver.Companies such as ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDS) and BP have long used hefty and reliable dividends to keep investors on board in a sector that has volatile profits tied to commodity prices. The importance of the payments has only grown recently, as investors have become wary of the companies due to short-term concerns about oil overabundance, and long-term fears that climate change and electric vehicles cloud the future of fossil fuels.But as the companies throw money at investors through dividends and share buybacks to keep them from fleeing, the payouts have begun to strain their balance sheets.Exxon and France’s Total haven’t generated enough cash this year to cover new expenses and dividends, according to FactSet data and company disclosures. BP was able to cover its dividend, but the company’s debt levels rose relative to its market capitalization. Shell needed asset sales to help cover dividends and buybacks.Energy has been the worst-performing sector of the S&P 500 for more than a decade, and the third-quarter earnings have continued a lackluster streak that has lasted throughout the year.Exxon, which remains under pressure to return to its practice of buying back billions of dollars in shares annually, reported net income of $3.17 billion, down about 50% from the same period a year ago, but slightly better than what analysts had expected. Exxon increased its annual dividend in the first quarter, a step the company has taken for 37 years in a row.The company announced that it would begin production next month at its massive new megaproject in the South American nation of Guyana, earlier than an anticipated 2020 startup. Guyana is one of several areas where Exxon is investing new sums to boost growth and returns in the future.Chevron reported net income of $2.6 billion from July to September, down from $4 billion in the same period in 2018. The company increased share buybacks to $1.25 billion in the quarter.Shell’s U.S. shares fell 3.5% Thursday after the company warned that it might not finish buying back $25 billion in shares by 2020 as originally expected. BP’s U.S. shares fell by more than 3.3% Tuesday after BP reported a loss and failed to increase its dividend.Oil-and-gas companies now make up about 5% of the S&P 500 index, down from 14% a decade ago, according to Evercore ISI. Their middling recent returns limit their ability to step up shareholder payments that investors increasingly demand as a key step that would bring them back into the sector.“Eventually, oil demand is going to go down,” said Kevin Holt, a senior portfolio manager for Invesco Ltd., which has more than $1 trillion in assets under management. “With that question of terminal value, it’s even more important that companies ramp up the cash return. Why grow the business if we won’t need as much oil in 20 years?”More ($): Investors to Big Oil: Make It Rain BP, ExxonMobil, Shell investors say ‘show me the money’last_img read more

Total investment in ESG-oriented funds tops $1 trillion for first time—Morningstar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:Assets under management in funds that abide by environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles have surpassed $1 trillion for the first time on record, according to data compiled by Morningstar.It comes after net inflows of $71.1 billion between April of June this year, driven by growing investor interest in sustainable investment funds in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.“Governments around the world have been stepping up their support for green projects in recent years, both through regulation and through fiscal spending,” analysts at UBS said in a research note published on Tuesday. “This has intensified in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, as governments have committed to a green recovery,” they continued. The “emphasis should add impetus to the performance of ecologically friendly companies over the coming years.”In a report published earlier this month, researcher Morningstar cited three factors contributing to record second-quarter inflows into ESG funds. It said the disruption caused by the Covid-19 outbreak had “highlighted the importance of building sustainable and resilient business models based on multi-stakeholder considerations.” The continued growth in the number of products making up the sustainable fund universe had also acted as a catalyst for ESG investment funds in recent months, the company said.Last month, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink said that the idea companies have a greater purpose besides just providing returns for shareholders would soon become even more important. The CEO of BlackRock, which is the world’s largest money manager with more than $7 trillion in assets under management, also said the investment fund had seen a “surge of interest” among clients looking to invest in areas like renewable energy.[Sam Meredith]More: Sustainable investment funds just surpassed $1 trillion for the first time on record Total investment in ESG-oriented funds tops $1 trillion for first time—Morningstarlast_img read more

Duke Energy announces methane emissions reductions and green energy targets

first_imgDuke Energy announces methane emissions reductions and green energy targets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Duke Energy on Friday announced plans to bring its gas operations to net-zero methane emissions by 2030, increase its renewable energy output and retire some of its coal plants earlier than planned.The utility plans to double its renewable energy portfolio capacity to 16GW by 2025, at least triple the amount for its regulated subsidiaries by 2030. The company also plans to reach 40GW for its regulated subsidiaries by 2050, along with 11GW of storage across its system by that time. It will also retire all of its coal-only units in the Carolinas by 2030 and is “working with stakeholders to accelerate retirement of coal plants in Indiana,” Duke spokesperson Phil Sgro said in an email.To reduce its methane emissions to net-zero by 2030, the utility has replaced all of its cast iron pipes with plastic or steel coated pipes to reduce leakage and add new technologies to help monitor emissions. Pipeline replacement is seen as an effective emissions reduction tool by some observers, but environmentalists say Duke’s plan is a signal that it will continue to rely on gas infrastructure for decades to come.Duke is the latest utility to raise its clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction commitments from previous goals. The utility last year set itself on a path to reaching net-zero emissions by mid-century, and halving them by 2030. “Duke’s plan to double down on fracked gas means a deadly explosive will continue to pump through our communities, putting our safety and health at risk. Making these changes will further cement Duke’s dependence on gas, which is a dangerous fossil fuel that is not, and never will be, clean or renewable,” Dave Rogers, Southeast deputy regional campaign director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, said in a statement. “Duke should not be praised for a plan that further endangers our climate, health, safety, and economy. Instead it should make a plan to phase gas out and use those savings to meet its own clean energy goals.”Sgro said Sierra Club’s criticisms were “missing the point.”“To argue that having a methane goal signals anything else other than a commitment to a comprehensive climate strategy is missing the point,” he said. “This goal solidifies our role as a leader in our industry in executing an ambitious strategy to deliver a clean energy future for millions of Americans.”[Catherine Morehouse]More: Duke vows to double renewables capacity, reach net-zero methane emissions by 2030last_img read more

TransAlta to convert its Canadian coal-fired plants to gas by yearend 2021

first_imgTransAlta to convert its Canadian coal-fired plants to gas by yearend 2021 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CBC:TransAlta will end operations at Highvale thermal coal mine by the end of 2021 as it switches to natural gas at all of its coal-fired plants in Canada. The announcement brings with it hundreds of job losses and comes four years earlier than TransAlta originally planned.The percentage of power in Alberta generated from coal has fallen from more than 80 per cent in the 1980s to less than one-third now, partly due to rising provincial government prices on carbon that began in 2007.Coal power profitability is becoming less attractive as the costs of renewable power fall, said Binnu Jeyakumar, the Pembina Institute’s director of clean energy. “It’s good news for (greenhouse gas) reduction and the health of Albertans to have coal being phased out earlier,” Jeyakumar said.Jeyakumar cautioned that converted coal plants are unlikely to be as efficient as new natural gas-powered plants, and that emissions from the production and transportation of gas present an ongoing GHG risk.TransAlta said it will stop burning coal in its Keephills Unit 1 and Sundance Unit 4 plants, which will operate at lower capacity with natural gas, while it evaluates full conversion projects. The company will still produce power from coal at its Centralia facility in Washington state, which has a transition agreement allowing it to burn coal until its end of life in 2025, [TransAlta CEO Dawn] Farrell said.[Andrew Jeffrey]More: Hundreds of coal mining jobs to end as TransAlta switches to natural gaslast_img read more

Tough Enough

first_imgHobie Call crosses a river during a 2011 Spartan Race. Photo by Nuvision ActionSpartan Race champ Hobie Call weighs the future of obstacle racingBy Coleman WoodHobie Call is probably not someone you would consider a “normal” runner. For years, Call ran marathons while working a full-time job and raising a family. By 2008, nearing his mid-30s, he began thinking up extreme running feats, setting the unofficial world record for the fastest lunge mile (24:56) and setting several unofficial running records while wearing a 40-pound weighted vest (he ran a 4:40 mile while wearing one).In 2011, the founder of the Spartan Race series, Joe DeSena, offered $100,000 to anyone who could win all 14 of his Spartan Races (including the Death Race) in the U.S. that year. Call won six races in a row and was on his way to a sweep until he had to drop out of the Death Race due to near-hypothermia. He has competed in 33 obstacle races since 2011. Here are his thoughts on one of America’s fastest growing sports.BRO: How did you first get involved in obstacle racing?I had been plagued by injuries for much of 2009-2010, and five months before my 34th birthday I decided that I had given it my all. I decided to race a few marathons in 2011, hopefully make a few thousand dollars, and then retire my dream.But then a miracle happened. Some crazy guy named Joe DeSena was offering $100,000 to anyone who could win all of his Spartan obstacle races in the US in 2011. As luck would have it, I just happened to be doing high-intensity upper body workouts along with my running at the time so I wouldn’t have to run outside in the dark every day. That, coupled with my strength-based running program, had me believing that I might just excel at this kind of race. What was your first obstacle race like?For the first time in I couldn’t even tell you how many years, I felt like a kid again. Never had a race proved to be as uniquely challenging, exciting, and fun as this one. Immediately I knew I had found my sport. Road racing, trail running and triathlons just didn’t compare. For the first time after the race people weren’t standing around talking about their times or how many miles they run a week. They actually talked about the race itself.What is your training regimen leading up to an obstacle race? How do you train for a race that changes each time you run it?I was running three times a week and doing upper body three times a week. My leg days were more strength-based running as opposed to speed- or endurance-based, for example, running with a weight vest and doing a lot of weighted lunges. My upper body workouts were very cardio-intensive —  a good mixture of dumbbell exercises and body-weight exercises, with the focus on making sure I worked every muscle through a full range of motion to eliminate any weaknesses.To know how to train, I just need to know the amount of speed I need to have for the fastest races, the amount of endurance for the longer races, minimum strength required for the toughest obstacles and then train to those specifications. That is why I lost the Vermont Beast both years; it takes almost twice as long to complete as the second longest race in the series, and I just don’t train for that kind of endurance.After missing out on the $100,000 Spartan Race prize in 2011, you went on to win all but one of the remaining Spartan Races for the rest of the year. What motivated you to keep trying to win after the prize money was off the table?Money is nice — after all, we all need it to pay our bills — but if it was really about the money, I would have given up many years ago. You can’t stop living your dream just because things don’t always go your way.What is the appeal of running an obstacle race, many of which are designed to break the spirits of even the strongest competitors?It’s absolutely awesome. To overcome such challenges makes these events life-changing moments for so many people. Just to be in the festival area after the race is very rewarding. It’s not very often that you get to be around so many people that have just overcome some of the greatest challenges life has thrown at them.Why do you think participating in obstacle races is growing at a much faster rate than traditional races?Five reasons:(1) They are more fun to train for;(2) They are more fun to race;(3) They are more uniquely challenging and, thus, a more rewarding experience to overcome;(4) They are more fun to watch;(5) The opportunity to help others and to receive help from others during the event is also very rewarding and something to look forward to.Do you think the goal of most people competing in these races is to win? If not, what is?No, only a select few are focused on winning. For most, it’s the unknown and uniqueness of the challenges, the opportunity to push yourself to a new level, and the camaraderie that you build with fellow athletes while on the course.With several serious injuries and fatalities reported at obstacle races over the past two years, do you think these events can go too far?They could, but I think they’ve done a pretty good job so far of not doing that. You as an individual still need to use good judgment while on the course and know when to skip an obstacle if you don’t feel safe. In all reality, just as many people are seriously injured and die in marathons. Safety is more about the individual using good judgment than about the course.last_img read more

Trail Mix: The Yonder Mountain String Band Experience

first_imgI admit to being a bit scatter brained. My fire is a bit too small for all of my irons, so to speak, and things seem to slip my mind. Just ask my wife. I have a hard time keeping up with my keys and wallet, regularly forget to switch the wet clothes from the washer to the dryer, and often don’t take anything out for dinner to thaw on the days it is my turn to cook.Thankfully, these are all rather innocuous things. No crisis ever stemmed from my misplaced keys. I tend to remember the significant things pretty well…most of the time.From a musical standpoint, this is especially true regarding when I was introduced to Yonder Mountain String Band. To this day, over a decade later, I can actually call to mind the view I had of the mountains leading up into Shenandoah National Park, just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, as I headed to a hike with my good buddy, Jason Collier, when Yonder’s second live record, Mountain Tracks: Volume Two, was tossed into the cd player. I was captivated.Long a fan of bluegrass and acoustic music, I knew immediately that I was being introduced to a new sound. I became swept up in both the band’s songwriting and energetic playing style. After hearing the “Peace of Mind->Follow Me Down To The Riverside->Peace of Mind” sandwich late in the disc, I knew I was hooked for good.Over the last ten years or so, I have managed to catch the band around a dozen times. I’ve traveled to distant states -– even on school nights, which is nearly scandalous for a school teacher like myself -– to hang out with other Kinfolk, the close knit family of Yonder fans that spans the country and travels en masse with the band while they are on the road. I’ve seen them at festivals and bars, in theaters and music halls, and traveled back home through a blinding snowstorm following a show, all because the live Yonder experience is really quite something.Knowing that my love for Yonder is shared by many, I reached out to some friends to chat about their favorite Yonder moments. Every Yonder fan has one. In fact, I think every Yonder fan has many. Here are just a few from Kinfolk from around the country:“Back during the very first Northwest String Summit in 2002, the guys were playing a workshop set on the second stage and someone in the crowd asked if the guys ever played other instruments. A moment later all four of them handed their instrument to another member of the band to play one song, but Jeff got Ben’s old upright bass and had NO clue how to play it. I’ve had nightmares about that ever since, being onstage and expected to play an instrument you’ve never played before, but all four of the guys performed “I’m Troubled” pretty well. I know all the guys are now multi-instrumentalists, but this was hysterically funny back then.” —Pastor Tim Christensen, Butte, MT “I saw the band the night the Red Sox won the World Series and broke the Curse of The Bambino. Starr Hill, now closed but a legendary room in the Charlottesville music scene, was packed the hilt. We’re talking squirming room only. The first set was HOT. The second set was HOTTER. During the second set, the crowd was raging as the World Series excitement kept pace with the band’s momentum. The floors were shaking and the people were getting rowdy. The band was feeding off both the energy from the crowd and the game. Yonder was on fiar the show reached a frantic, fever pitch. This was a small place, just a couple people, and it was insane. As “If You’re Ever In Oklahoma” began evolving into an unbelievably stratospheric jam that was timed perfectly with the last outs of the World Series, the place began erupting. I’d never felt energy like that before, and I doubt I ever will again. That night, Charlotteville Yonder fans had the ultimate pre-Halloween treat: a special show to cherish and remember forever.” —Jason Collier, Crozet, VA“I’ve been to many great Yonder shows. One that stands out as being over-the-top fun was at the All Good Music Festival in 2010. Widespread Panic opened for Yonder, who didn’t come on until the wee hours of the morning . . . maybe 2:30 A.M. or so. I was up front and on the rail the whole time. It was epic!” —Phil Graves, Waynesbrah, VA“The first time I saw Yonder was at a big rock club in Nashville. I had gone to see The Infamous Stringdusters, who were opening, but I stuck around for the whole show. When YMSB came out, I was immediately floored. There was a surge of energy from the crowd that didn’t let up for the rest of the night. It was incredible to see so many smiling faces dancing to bluegrass music in a cavernous club. I was standing next to a handful of old-school bluegrass fans at the start of the show, and I was able to see the looks on their faces change as they ‘got it.’ It was a great night for a bunch of reasons.” —Jeremy Darrow, Nashville, TN“My favorite moment was seeing Yonder at the Paramount Center in Bristol, Tennessee, as part of a taping for NPR’s Mountain Stage. The crowd went crazy when they came on stage. Several bands were playing, so I went next door during the intermission to have a drink. I sat down and ended up having the best chat with this cool cat that turned out to be Jeff Austin. You would have never known he was getting ready to go up on stage. We had a toast and I apologized for not recognizing him. Definitely one of the coolest guys I have ever met. I have never been let down at a show, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to see them if you have the chance.” —Kristin Ely Stanley, Wise, VA“Back in 2002, I threw a party in Gainesville, Florida, at this little farm called Shambhala. Yonder was set to play and we were anticipating a good turnout. The boys arrived as scheduled and it was my first experience talking with them and not just being a patron of a show. They were all super polite and very friendly. It was an outdoor show and it was super dark that night, and I remember Jeff Austin stating, ‘They’ve locked the gates and released the Gators!’ It turned into a rocking party with about 400 or so folks in attendance. Yonder played a Jimmy Buffet cover with the words mixed up to reference a specific herb, which was hysterical. I remember running into the house to keep flipping the blown breakers due to the large amount of current surging through the many extension cords! The night wrapped up with us giving each of the Yonder boys his own personal bottle of Jaegermeister, which we used to toast the night, and the entire party shared the liquor as it was passed around the crowd. It was an absolutely fantastic night and probably one of the best things I have ever done to make so many people so extraordinarily happy.” —Joe Kuhn, Whitehall, VAMy own favorite Yonder moment came at my most recent show, back in February of 2012 at the Tennessee Theater in Knoxville. It was a rare time that Yonder had an opening band, which happened to be The Infamous Stringdusters, another one of my favorite acoustic bands, and I took my oldest son, John Patrick, to the show. J.P. swears he doesn’t like bluegrass music, despite the fact that he plays guitar, dobro, and upright bass in a distinctly bluegrassy/folksy band, but on this night, I enjoyed very much watching him mesmerized by the music being made on stage. He had never really seen bluegrass done the Yonder way before, and I loved seeing him come to the realization that acoustic instruments could rock.Yonder has gone through a bit of an evolution over the last few months, as Jeff Austin, founding member and mandolin player, has left the band and embarked on a solo career. Undeterred, the remaining members of the band –- Adam Aijala, Ben Kaufmann, and Dave Johnston -– soldier on. Plans are to confirm a new and permanent line-up next year. For the time being, Yonder tours with Jake Jolliff on mandolin and Allie Kral on fiddle.Yonder Mountain String Band will be stopping at The Jefferson Theater on Sunday, August 31.Trail Mix would like to offer you the chance to go catch the show. Take a shot at the trivia question below and email your answer to [email protected] A winner from all of the correct respondents will be chosen at noon on Friday, August 29th.Good luck! And please remember to email your answer, don’t comment here!Back in 2012, YMSB swung through Charlottesville, Va., with a guest guitarist because Adam Aijala had to miss the show. Who was that guest guitar picker?last_img read more

Marathon Training Can Improve Your Sex Life – Another Reason to Go the Distance

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,My question is somewhat personal – a month after registering for the Charleston Marathon and increasing my mileage, I’ve found more men interested in me. I’m hooked on the runner’s high I experience after long runs. But even more unexpected, I’m enjoying how running seems to be an aphrodisiac.Is there any evidence to support running improving my love life? What’s the connection between running and sex?Yours,Running ChickDear Running Chick,Thanks for registering and running the Charleston Marathon. I’ll be hosting meet-ups before and after the marathon, so stay posted for more details, and I’m looking forward to sharing some miles with you!I’m over the moon to hear about all the men chasing after you, but I’m hardly surprised. Runners are fitter, healthier, and have a positive body-image which all translates to one of the sexiest personality traits – confidence. The extra mileage of marathon training improves your endurance so if and when you hop in the sack with one of these guys, you’ll have the stamina to go the distance. Thirty to forty minutes in the sack is nothing compared to hours of running.Sex therapist and author of The Big, Fun, Sexy Sex Book, explains one aspect of running your way to a better sex life. “The oxygenation of blood plays a huge role in arousal – people who work out, especially with cardiovascular exercise, are going to have much better vascular health and better flow to the genitals.” CharlestonRunning can make you a better love in other ways too. Dr. Petra Boynton, a sex psychologist, explains how running creates body awareness. “You think about your breathing, the way that you’re moving, and focus on your technique, how you’re feeling and what feels good and what doesn’t. Apply these principles in bed as well, and it’ll improve your experience and your partner’s experience.”But beware of the effect running too many miles – keeping your sex life sizzling is another reason to avoid over-training. An athlete’s libido suffers when she puts in too miles without proper rest and recovery.Not only can running improve your sex life, getting your shag on might improve your running. Many female runners claim that having sex energizes them and enhances their emotional well-being, resulting in faster running times. A survey of 2,000 runners after the Flora London Marathon reported that runners who had sex the night before the race ran faster than those who’d abstained.Distance runner and three-time Olympian Lynn Jennings said, “sex the night before solidifies my core feeling of happiness.”Just as over-training can hurt your love life, too much sex can leave a runner tired and sore. Like all things in life, strive for a healthy balance in the bedroom and on the trails.Cheers to enjoying all the perks of marathon training!Mountain Mamalast_img read more