I'm gonna have to disagree with some of that. Almost anyone CAN run a marathon
without any serious health risks. Your example of the first marathon leaves a
lot out...he probably did that in full armor, in the middle of the day, with few
water/fuel stops, and probably with training on the shy end. That certainly is
a recipe for potential problems, but it is NOT what most people who run
marathons do. In 10 years of running, I've never seen anyone who
trained PROPERLY experience serious knee problems or any other permanent injury
due to running. I've been everywhere from being barely able to finish a 5k to
winning or placing in every race I run (including ultramarathons), so I've seen
it all. Yes, if you're 300 pounds, you probably shouldn't pop off and run a
cold turkey marathon, but outside of that and maybe a few other conditions,
pretty much anyone can train for, and complete at least one, if not multiple
marathons. It's all in taking a patient approach to your training and allowing
your body to become accustomed to the stress over time, but that doesn't mean
one shouldn't do it.
The word "marathon" comes from Pheidippides (530 BC490 BC), an
Athenian messenger was sent to Sparta to request help when the Persians landed
at Marathon, Greece. He then ran the 40 km (25 miles) from the battlefield
near Marathon to Athens to announce the victory. Then collapsed and
died, literally.So in commemoration of that grim event we should all
give it a shot? Rather odd conclusion don't you think?
Ligaments and muscles of the knees can be strengthened but they can also
experience wear and tear faster than the body's ability to repair. It all
depends on your body. Debate that if you wish but it's medical fact.
Long-distance running can be a very real detriment to the articular surfaces of
the knee. Everybody's knees are different. Running is not for everyone. Take it
from someone who spends nearly every day in orthopedic surgery. Before
considering taking up marathoning as a hobby one should really consult a
physician to discuss risks, benefits and alternatives.
i had an apache indian friend many years ago that used to run to get
places---about twice each semester he would run "home" to Nephi from
campus and back a few days later---i think that was about 90 miles round trip
and he would do that in just a few hours each way (i think about 10-12
hrs)---running is not bad just boring---sometimes i wish i enjoyed
Not only is it not bad for humans to run, but out of all the animals around, if
any of them was designed for distance running it is humans. We're bipedal,
which makes us more efficient over long distances at a relatively slow pace, and
which makes it so running doesn't interfere with breathing. We can
thermoregulate through sweating better than any other animal. We're relatively
lightweight but with massively overbuilt leg bones and muscles, and our feet are
designed to absorb impact.Also, anyone can run a marathon. Unless
you have some sort of condition that makes strenuous activity an impossiblity,
you can run a marathon if you put in the miles to do it.Starting
marathons young CAN actually be bad for you, contrary to the myth. It depends
on how much effort you put into it, but it is something to be very cautious
about. I have known people who did it successfully without side effect, but
they barely "ran" it. Make no mistake, the marathon takes a lot out
of you in ways that no shorter distance does. But, once your body is mature
enough to recover properly, you will be just fine. Stronger, actually.
Kyle,Way to go! Get some good shoe advice from a reputable running store
such as Runners Corner in Orem or Fleet Feet in AF, not some general sporting
goods store. Then plan for another one that does not involve Salt Lake City. Toenails grow back, this we know. And go Cougars.
I ran the marathon on Monday. It was my first. It was fun and very interesting
to see all the different people running it. I find it unbelievable that people
like John Kotter can run that far that fast. Incredible.After 21
miles my feet hurt so bad I could not longer run. Apparently running down Big
and Little mountains is much harder on your feet than running down provo canyon
and hobble creek canyon where I trained. My shoes were definitely too worn out.
So I took a pit stop at Rice-Eccles where my car was parked and walked the last
five miles in my flip flops. I still finished before they took the finish line
down! I'm not sure if I will run another one but despite the pain it
was enjoyable and I am proud I finished. If I do run another one it won't be a
course with so much steep downhill and I will wear better shoes!Anyone can do it if you put in the work.
You are right on, Kim. At 54 I attended my son's first marathon finish. I was
amazed to se the variety of people who participate in marathons. I said to
myself, 'You can do that', and a year later, I did. In my first one, I was
disappointed to not qualify for Boston. I really thought that I could. I did
qualify in my second marathon and have been getting faster ever since. My goal
is to continue to get faster into my 60s. Old age may eventually win, but I am
going to fight him all the way. I am 58 now and would love to keep running for
the rest of my life. I have seen runners using canes and walking sticks. I have
met a few running on prosthetic legs and knee/hip replacements. My wife has done
a few halfs with RA. I believe that almost anyone can do it if the want to.
Good article. Valid advice. I am one of those who never ran a marathon until I
was in my 50s (still in my 50s). I had run a bunch of 5Ks, a few 10Ks and a
couple of halfs but never had a desire to run a marathon. Finally I decided to
at least do one before I got too old, or lost interest. I ran it with a knee
injury but finished. Right after I thought, "Well, that's out of the way. I
don't care if I ever do that again." The knee pain was pretty bad but a few
days later I determined to cure the knee problem and do another marathon. I
guess it was something akin to what women experience with childbirth; painful
and some vow to never go through it again, but after a brief recovery realize
it's not so bad and another time is a definite possibility.I'm now
staring at my 4th marathon and barring injury will be my fastest. Great
experience and accomplishment for anyone who dares face the challenge. I believe
anyone who can walk without crutches or canes, dizziness or pains, can do a
marathon.Go for it!
I moved to SLC three years ago and was surprised with how many people were
preparing for a marathon. I'd never seen so many marathon runners in my life!
A few friends invited me to join them in training for one...I found myself
wondering if I could do it.Then I shuddered and realized how foolish
that would be. I decided to make a list of "Thing I never want to do in
life." Topping the list at #1 is: Run a Marathon.Interesting
article though. Once again I felt a curiousity about whether or not I could
actually run one... I hope that feeling goes away soon!