Chris Dickman Professor Swain WRD 104 4/9/13 The Other Runner One may believe that to run a marathon, the person it takes to run this 26.2 mile trek had to have been running almost as soon as they left the womb. This assumption is far from correct. Many people who run marathons are people who have had very minimal physical activity throughout their lives who decide to take a challenge upon themselves to complete. Then, there is a whole other breed of marathon runner. The runner who signs up for a marathon and runs a few short prep runs days before the actual marathon, and then goes out and pushes their body to the limits to be able to call themselves a marathon finisher. Overall, there is an assumption that doing long runs is a great way to boost ones cardiovascular strength and endurance, but there is a point in running where it is unhealthy to run a certain mileage without being prepared. For example, someone who chooses to run a marathon without proper training, can enduce right ventricular dysfunction that causes one part of the heart to reconstruct itself and work harder than all other parts of the heart, increasing the risk of heart attack and the rhythm of ones heartbeat to offset (Willhelm, 12). Moreover, aside from cardiovascular deficits that may occur to one without properly training, there is a vast amount of injuries that can occur to one’s legs, feet, ankles, etc. From stress fractures to torn ligaments, without gradually
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