Local marathoners reflect on what makes them run

Distance runners test their strength, endurance and willpower

On Monday, April 21, more than 60 runners from Menlo Park to Mountain View will join 36,000 fellow runners in the 118th Boston Marathon.

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Posted by Stephanie M.
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 19, 2014 at 2:48 pm

I very much enjoyed reading this. Love the personal stories of why people run!

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm

10k is enough for me. Annual Morgan Hill AAUW Wildflower run (last weekend), and annual PA Weekly Moonlight run (in the Fall). Incentive to maintain a moderate level of fitness, and quantitative data points thereof.

Are the high-mileage runners doing any long-term damage to themselves?

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Posted by Yupp
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Apr 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm

They often do damage to themselves. My uncle retired recently after decades as a cardiologist. He saw many, many long distance runners die suddenly because they either:

Think they can eat whatever they want because they burn so many calories, and clog their arteries.

Overtrain and do literal damage to their heart muscle, even causing cardiac sagging.

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