We runners like to think we’re healthier than most, and we’re probably right! However, there have been some studies suggesting running might not be the fountain of youth and healthfulness we like to think it is.
By now you’ve probably heard about the marathoner kidney study published last week in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. In the study, researchers found that 82% of the 22 runners studied showed signs of Stage 1 kidney injury immediately following completion of the 2015 Hartford Marathon.
You might also remember the marathoner heart study, which found that marathoners’ and other endurance athletes’ hearts show signs of acute injury following endurance races and that veteran endurance athletes seem to be at five-times the risk for developing the condition atrial fibrillation than non-athletes.
Do you think these studies are cause for concern? Do they make you reconsider the healthiness of running? Do you think their conclusions are being oversold?
Do reports of negative health consequences of running affect the way you approach your training?
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