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Marathon Training Day 253: New Research Says Endurance Running May Damage Health

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 HealthNew 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?

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Warning: Health Risk for College Professors

So, this week a couple of my professors were discussing chronic back pain. They said this was a common ailment faced by academics because of the constant sitting/writing/reading. One of them now has a desk that allows him to stand up all the time because sitting down hurts too much.

I was surprised to learn this, and honestly had not considered physical health risks associated with being an academic. Some of the risks associated with office work seem easily applicable for academics:

1.) Carpal Tunnel – Writing constant articles, books, book chapters, conference presentation reports, emails, etc.

2.) Lower Back Pain – Sitting while writing, reading, and grading.

3.) Bacteria on the Desk – Many professors probably clean their desk, um… never?

4.) Other Joint Problems – Sitting constantly.

5.) Eyestrain – Reading and grading tests, reading student essays/papers, entering grades into a spreadsheet, reading journal articles and books, writing journal articles and book. I actually experienced this my first term in grad school because I had to read between 400 to 600 pages a week for my classes, not including grading.

6.) Stressful Situations – Decreased college funding, students trying to negotiate for a higher grade, low professor salaries for the hours actually worked, trying to get tenure, and larger class sizes (lecturing to 400 or more students), etc.

In addition, many professors (and students working on their dissertations), can have stretches of work weeks where they spend more than 8 hours a day working. Long work days have been linked with heart disease because of the stress and poor diets.

I am training for a marathon, so that helps somewhat. And my next term I only have one class which will free up time to work on my masters paper. But my lunchtime meals could use improvement for health reasons. So, what health risks are associated with your job? Are you even aware of health risks associated with your job?