Marathon training is going well. Since rocking the Eugene Half Marathon I have been in somewhat of a holding pattern as I finished up the master’s paper. In addition, avoiding injury is really important to me. However, I did find the following article interesting: Really, Really Long Bouts of Exercise May Be Bad for You.
New Research Says Endurance Running May Damage Health. Really? Have any of you been concerned about the strain that running more than 30-miles per week puts on your body? I have not been concerned about it… mainly because I was only running 30 or more miles for just a few weeks before I actually ran the Eugene Half Marathon. After the half marathon was done I backed my mileage down to 8 to 12 miles per week. But I was unaware of health issues potentially being associated with running more than 30-miles per week.
On a bright side, this research makes me feel better about how I train for marathons. Sometimes if I don’t feel good… I don’t run. Some days if I am having a great day… I don’t run. And when I am running, if something doesn’t feel right… I shorten my planned distance for that day. And I walk if I need to walk.
Some weeks I felt guilty for not being a dedicated runner, even though, at the end of the day the only person judging me is me. But this story makes me feel better about how I cater my running to how my body feels, instead of to a strict running program.
The Wall Street Journal, which is where the original story appeared, is titled: The Exercise Equivalent of a Cheeseburger. I was aware of knee and ankle problems, but I had never considered heart issues. What do you think? Were you aware of potential issues for running long distances such as the increased risk of heart disease?