Running thirteen point one miles --- maybe we need an EEG to see if our brains have something wrong with them.
I am a big proponent of going beyond the EKG prior to running such a long distance.Letting the cardiologist check us out -- fibromyalgia aside because I know it is not a heart issue -- just to make sure that nothing is hiding out on us.
In my first full marathon, a man, Ulysses Thomas,. dropped dead about 100 yards in front of me at mile 23 marker. The next day his obituary read like my biography. His widow said that he had gotten his doctor's OK to run, but I still wonder if he had seen a cardiologist.
Jim Fixx was the running guru back in the 1970s. The Complete Book of Running. Prior to him almost no one ran. He dropped dead at age 52 from a post running heart attack. Fixx had been a big proponent of having a complete check out by a cardiologist prior to running but didn't do it himself. His heart attack was brought on by a congenital heart defect that could have been detected.
Between the effect of seeing a man die and the preventability of Jim Fixx's death, I prefer erring on the side of caution. My doctor is an athlete, lucky me, and he was thrilled that I asked for a complete workup before I committed to long distances. He told me that we probably wouldn't find anything, but if we did we would know and maybe fix it first.
It's like chicken soup.
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible. -- St Francis of Assisi