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4/11/14 10:51 P

I use to be a runner before an injury. I guess I would considered an ultra marathoner someone who runs more than 4-5 marathons a year or does the 100 mile ultras or 50 milers. Yeah they do pretty much eat whatever they want to. I would agree with someone else though there is no input for what kind of diet these people ate so it's not comparing apples and oranges.

When exercising you have to just keep moving one foot at a time.
4/11/14 8:50 P

I read about this here on Spark on one of the Health News articles. I didn't realize there was more than one study that came to this conclusion. It won't be an issue for me -- I'm never going to run 40 miles a week -- but it's interesting nonetheless.

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4/8/14 7:57 A

My only question would be if the study authors plan to control for diet at some point in their research. Off the top of my head I can think of 5 marathoner friends who have terrible diets.

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4/7/14 11:58 P

...balance in all things!

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
~C. Malesherbes~

"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)

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4/7/14 6:51 P

I know a few ultra marathoners and they are in a league of their own. It is an addiction, the "high" they get running long and hard is difficult for them to give up and they are ultra competitive with themselves and other ultras. This study doesn't surprise me as these guys are so intense they run through serious injury and illnesses, they have no limits to their devotion to running.

That being said, I doubt the average runner, even those that run full marathons are at risk of dying before an overweight, out of shape person who lives a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle. Not too many ultras on these boards nor do I think any of us should worry about doing too much exercise, most of us struggle to get in our 3 days a week, 30 minute workouts.

"It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abe Lincoln
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4/7/14 6:15 P

This is very interesting, thank you.

"Never compare your beginning to someone else's middle. Comparison is poison." --Jon Acuff


Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
~Chinese Proverb

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
~Author Unknown

You are not fat.
You have fat.
You also have fingernails,
But you are not fingernails.
4/7/14 5:15 P

With all the current controversy about cardio based exercise programmes and running as a primary exercise choice here is some food for thought from the current research.

It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs

Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

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