Monday, November 21, 2011
Yesterday I ran the HM in Philadelphia. It was a great run and I was thinking about what I wanted to share with my Spark friends - until my friend (who is a press person) shared that there was a press release that a 21 year old and a 40 year old had died in the marathon. I also heard that one died in the Marine corps marathon.
My friend is not medical, so we discussed what could potentially have happened. Arrythmias, electrolyte disturbances, genetic related heart attacks etc. There is a laundry list of what could happen and we won't know until the autopsy has been performed. No matter what the cause is - my condolences goes to the families and friends affected and to the Philadelphia Marathon organization for the the loss.
It hit me to hear this and to discuss it. I will admit I was in a somber mood. But at the same time noone MIGHT have prevented this from happen. I think we frequently don't realize how we challeng our bodies, and Sparkpeople are no exception. I will confess I am some times amazed to see the lack of respect people have for their bodies. From a professional perspective I am very concerned that people are running half marathons back to back to back - and don't think twice about it. Frankly, did you ask your health care provider if it was OK to have a self induced stress test several days a week? That is what you do when you go out and run distances.
I could go on, but I won't. What I will do is appeal to your common sense and take a serious look at what it is you are doing to yourself and want to accomplish - and ask - is what I do for my health and body - or is it for my ego? Have you even asked your health care provider if he think it is safe to run longer distances (you may not want to say half marathon and marathon, because that may be to abstract to them).
On a lighter note - the Philadelphia marahon/HM is phenomenal . Incredibly well organized, great course in the neighborhoods of Phily. Granted the weather was phenomenal. In addition, the spectator support is the BEST in any of the HM's I have run.