IS RUNNING BAD FOR THE HEART?

As recently reported in The New York Time, a recent study at Johns Hopkins University explored this question.  They found that even as marathon participation almost doubled during the past decade, to more than 473,000 finishers in 2009 from about 299,000 in 2000, the death rate was low and remained unchanged.  28 people died during or in the 24 hours immediately after a marathon, most of them men, and mostly from heart problems. That comes out to less than one death per 100,000 runners.

“Our data shows, quite strongly, that marathon running is safe for the vast majority of runners,” concluded one researcher.  For many of the runners, marathoning likely saved them from suffering a heart attack that might otherwise have been brought on by a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle.

So keep running and racing!

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About horowitzrun

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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