NEW STUDY: MARATHONERS HAVE LOW RISK OF HEART ATTACK

     Good news!  According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, a new study reports that despite the recent spate of race-day casualties, runners have a low risk of heart incidents.
     “It’s dramatic news when a marathon runner collapses with no pulse,” states the article.  “Now a big study finds such calamities are rare and usually due to a pre-existing heart problem.”  After reviewing data on almost 11 million runners fron 2000-2010, “the researchers identified 59 cases of cardiac arrest, where a runner became unconscious with no pulse during the race or within an hour of finishing.  Forty-two of the runners died.
     “The overall figures translate to 1 cardiac arrest per 184,000 participants and 1 death per 259,000 participants, the researchers said. Those numbers are low compared to other athletic activities, as shown by prior studies of deaths in college athletes, triathlon participants and previously healthy middle-aged joggers, researchers said.
     “Most of the cardiac arrests involved marathons rather than half-marathons, and 51 of the 59 cases happened in men.”
     To see the entire article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/APb1b4753dc5964c1dbe9f920129963945.html

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Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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