might be bad for your heart.
So as the Boston Marathon on April 21 approaches, what am I and other distance runners training for that very special race going to do?
How about this: Use common sense, don’t push your body too far, eat healthy, and stay focused on the goals of having fun but also competing well.
That’s about it, because one thing a lot of runnersaren’t
going to do is stop going to the track or to the fitness center to work out.
This new study glosses over the fact that there really aren’t a lot of people who have been running marathons for 25 years.
Still, reports like these do cause pause for people like myself.
We think we’re healthy, as we get out for our exercise, sometimes running 30 to 40 miles a week — and even more in some cases for younger runners.
But what happens if the doctors are right? What happens if that hour-long run is hurting us more than a 30-minute routine might?
In my case, I’ve long had the view that I enjoy running so much that I will take some of the bad that might come from it in exchange for the many friends and the other benefits I have received from the sport.
In other words, I might drop dead tomorrow, but I still enjoy running.
It started when I was a high school runner at Shawnee Mission West in the early 1970s. Then I quit running until 2006, when my son started cross country at Raytown High School.
Since then I have found my place in the running community, going to a number of high school and college races that were enjoyable to watch. I have also participated in dozens of races, everything from one-mile indoor events to (yes) three marathons so far. Boston will be my fourth.
So I’m not exactly one of the ultra-distance runners that the authors warn about, although I do know a few of them.
The sport of running is a great one.
Don’t let a study like this one stop you from enjoying it.