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30 Year Old Woman Dies In 2012 London Marathon!

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In the 2012 London Marathon, a 30-year old woman collapsed and died less than a mile away from the finish line of a 26.2 mile course. Here’s the article:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2133621/London-Marathon-2012-Woman-died-attempting-race.html

What strikes me as strange is this is treated as something unusual. It’s actually frightfully common for people to die just before or just after the finishing line of a marathon. There’s a physiological basis behind why this happens. Studies have clearly shown that there is damage to heart muscle during long distance training events like marathons, triathlons and the like. There are also heart rhythm abnormalities, and this is what leads to sudden death, and why so many YOUNG people die in marathons. The lady in the above article was just 30!!!

Anyway, I wrote about the dangers of long duration training in the article below, where you can read more about the physiological basis behind this phenomenon:

Why You Should AVOID Long Distance Cardio

The Very First Marathon Runner…

Did you know that 2,500 years ago in ancient Greece, the very first marathon runner, Pheidippides (who is known as THE inspiration for the modern sporting event known as the ‘Marathon’) dropped dead after his 26.2 mile run? It’s common knowledge – you can read about it on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PheidippidesPheidippides

The guy who introduced marathons to us, DIED just immediately after his first marathon event to the world! He died man! And we went on to give this sporting event the highest pedestal there is! Bizarre or what?

Phidippides ran from the ancient city of Marathon to Athens to announce the victory of the Greeks over the Persians. As soon as he shouted, “Nike!” (Victory), he collapsed and died.

The Story Of Jim Fixx

Jim Fixx, author of “The Complete Book of Running”, a HUGE proponent of long distance running, claimed that the secret to good heart health and long life was endurance running. Guess what? He died while running!

Conclusion?

We need to move past the false notion that running a marathon is the epitome of good health. A 100m sprinter, or a Jiu-jitsoka is far fitter and healthier than a marathon runner, trust me.

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