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JTNELS61
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12/6/12 1:01 P

Good information. Thanks.



MPLANE37
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12/6/12 12:40 P

If you have a heart condition that remained undetected under normal conditions, running intensely can bring about serious effects of that condition. There are many deaths of very young people who were involved in high intensity running related sports, professional or amateur, but had conditions undetected in their cardiovascular systems.

If you have no conditions in your cardiovascular system, I don't think you can be hurt by running, even very intensely (not counting accidents caused by running, of course).

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 12/6/2012 (12:44)


BERRY4
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12/5/12 8:03 P

For ME it is...mainly due to past injuries. If I want to be able to walk down the road at 80 yrs of age, than I need to preserve what I have now and take care.
(I am active 5-6 days a week.)



ZEDMAY
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12/5/12 1:32 P

Running, like most physical activity, is safe if you train properly and are careful not to over-do it. I highly recommend joining a local running group if you are just getting started. Running with a group is a great motivator and a more experienced runner leads the group and can help you gradually build your endurance and mileage so that you can avoid injury. Check out local running specialty stores as most offer a beginner's running program. A specialty running store can also help fit you with a proper running shoe, which is another important investment if you are planning to start running.

If you don't have a specialty store nearby, trying a beginner's running app like Ease into 5k.



APPRIL
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12/5/12 1:17 P

I have no opinion on running, but if you are worried about running, consider speed walking.



MARITIMER3
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12/5/12 12:33 P

Talk to your family doctor. For some people, running is harmful. For example, I've been told not to run because of my knees. My three children, on the other hand, are all runners. Get some advice from your doctor, and follow it. If you are told that you can run, if possible join a running club and do it properly. If you can't join a club, there are lots of good on-line programs.



IMELECTRIC
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12/5/12 12:07 P

I think as long as you train properly it is not harmful. You can't just go out and push yourself to run 10 miles without straining or getting hurt. The best thing to do is read up on running and do a c25k program. In doing the program, it sticks to the 10% increase every week that is best for your body. Some people still have to do some of the harder weeks a few times but you know your body best.

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ZORBS13
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12/2/12 8:20 A

here's a scientific analysis of that study:

www.runnersworld.com/health/too-much-runni
ng-myth-rises-again


cliff notes version: running is not bad for you. There was some seriously flawed data interpretation going on as well.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 12/2/2012 (08:57)


PAPAMIKIE
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12/2/12 6:14 A

one of the problems with statistics is that they they tell you about the whole field. One set of studies fond that 40 some percent of marathon runners in a couple of marathon events had blood chemistry that showed similar problems to people who had experienced heart attacks. So close to half of the people who gave blood samples after doing a maration showed some significant heart damage following their marathon event.

A little over 4 in 10.

Almost all showed normal bloodwork and heart responsed 3 months after the the marathon.

A questionary that accompanied the blood tests showed that among those who had followed a proper training plan very few fell into the 4 in 10 and almost all of those in the 4 in 10 reported not following their training plan.

There are, of course, other issue with the studies, but one thing that seemed clear is they could also have reported that something link 9 in 10 people who did not train properly for an endurance running event had problems in the event. 1 in 10 of people who trained properly had trouble.

Other issue in research. Sometimes people take up running because they were trying to avoid other risk factors by being active.

We also know that running is bad for knees and joints, this is not actually true, but when a runner has a knee problem we blame it on his running, when his brother the couch surfer has a knee problem we do not balme it on couch surfing.

I run, and so I am more likely to have a heart attack when running than when watching tv. However I am less likely to have a heart attack than when I was sitting on my 250 pound butt.

There are tread offs there is finding the correct balance there is building gradual progress and allowing the body to properly adapt to what ever program we do.

Good running and be careful out there.

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KRISTEN_SAYS
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12/1/12 7:27 P

"Running is a lot less dangerous than couch surfing." Yes!!

(I don't have time to read the article now, but I'm replying so that I can find it quickly when I do have time.)



ADELP85
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12/1/12 12:44 P

It's a balance. Most runners won't fall under the type of intense training that the article references.

Stay active, build a mileage base slowly and enjoy the process.



ZORBS13
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12/1/12 11:38 A

Running is a lot less dangerous than couch surfing.



HHB4181
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12/1/12 11:36 A

Running is great. Get fit for running shoes and take it slow. Don't do too much too soon, you'll hurt yourself. Try one of the SP running programs, that's how I started. But again, don't push it. The plans usually have you run 3X a week. For me, I do much better with 2X a week.

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N16351D
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12/1/12 11:22 A

I started running in high school cross country at age 16 in 1972. Our races were 2 1/2 miles. I never quit after that. I ran (and swam) through college, marriage, pregnancy (through 5 months), with babies, moving, buying and remodeling a home, through more college, jobs outside the home all of those years, and now as we get close to retirement. I am now age 55.

In my twenties and thirties, I ran about 25 - 35 miles a week, though only did 1/2 marathons and not a 26.2mile marathon. (Was too busy with home, family and work!)

In my forties, I added yoga, pilates, ballet, and strength training. All of this added to my running, especially strength training. Should have started that in high school also.

I have never had trouble with feet, knees, hips, or anything else from running. I did have a stress echocardiogram last week for an entirely unrelated reason, and it turns out that I have the blood pressure "of a teenager," and a heart that is "low probability of heart disease." I attribute that to running.

My family says I have nicely shaped legs. All I notice is that there is muscle there. On a three week tour in Europe, I noticed that I covered more distance on foot, and faster, than others in my group around my age.

Running for four decades is one of the smartest things I ever did for myself. I have no problems from it, only strong medical benefit from it.

Go for it!!



MTNKAT
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12/1/12 10:19 A

I am a runner....and that article seemed like poppycock to me. But, the article also is pretty much talking about marathon running....which is a heck of a lot of miles (26.2) - I can see problems with that if you already have a medical condition. That's why they always recommend seeing a doctor before you start a training program.

As a newbie, you are not going to run that kind of distance. In fact, Runners World (and the many books I've read) say that you should have at least a year of running underneath your belt before you consider marathon training.

If you are interested in running, the Couch to 5k program is most excellent. I went through it twice and it was a lot of fun.

That article goes in lines with the thinking that eggs are bad for you lol but thanks for the read this morning :-)

Good luck with your training. I absolutely love running....and I never thought I would. I didn't start running until my 40's....I was always the kid who skipped running day at the gym lol.



ECKOKITTEN
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12/1/12 10:07 A

I don;t currently run but it is my goal. :)

But this morning I read this article and was wondering what people thought?
http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhea
lth/running-may-be-harmful-your-heart

Edited by: ECKOKITTEN at: 12/1/2012 (10:08)


 
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