Would you ever think that running a marathon could be bad for your heart. I just came across a great article that gives some great insite or running on this great unknown.
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When word circulates that a runner has died of a heart attack, as the inexhaustible ultramarathoner Micah True did last month during a solo wilderness trail run, many people begin to wonder about the healthiness of prolonged strenuous activity. Could marathon training and racing perhaps have damaged the heart muscle of the 58-year-old Mr. True, a lead character in the book “Born to Run”? And, conversely, shouldn’t marathon training have made him — and, by extension, all runners — immune to heart disease?
Those questions, familiar to any scientist or physician who works with endurance athletes, inspired several recently published studies of the relative risks of marathon running. The science suggests that, over all, distance running and racing are extremely unlikely to kill you — except when, in rare instances, they do….
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