Is running 20+ miles not safe??
August 18, 2014 8:31 AM Subscribe
I saw my sports therapist doctor who is a respected doctor in his field. i told him that i wanted to run a marathon someday but he said that marathons are unsafe for hearts/muscles/bones and encouraged me to stick to shorter races. He also said 12-20 miles a week is the sweet spot for running and anything over that loses health benefits. he said he wrote a paper on it. Does anyone on this site who has experience in sports medicine know what race is the upper limit for avoiding undue health risks?
posted by Thanquol180 to Health & Fitness (24 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
He said something like "running is healthy up to a point - do the marathon if it is a dream of yours but understand that there may be a price to pay with your body down the road" . based on what he said, i will probably give up on the marathon but wanted to get some second opinions. I might still want to try a half marathon but what he said gave me pause.
i know that any kind of exercise has a risk of problems, but the doctor said that the marathon length in particular is dangerous since humans aren't meant to run that much. I am at 25 miles a week now and love it, and don't want to go down to 20 but i will if i have to. but 25 isn't too much higher than 20, so maybe it is still okay? Is a half-marathon dangerous too? Maybe i should stick to 10ks and 5ks? i wish I asked him these questions when i was with him, but i also wanted to get the opinion of other people who have sports medicine experience.