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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.

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!

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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.

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4/7/14 6:15 P

This is very interesting, thank you.

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.

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