“What does it take to make a big race run? A lot of doctors”

Be sure to check out this piece over at CNN which highlights some of the lesser known “niceties” of marathon training. This quote, though, really got my attention:

“The single biggest reason for problems with runners is a lack of training, and without training one has no indication that something is wrong with their heart,” said marathoner and Massachusetts cardiologist Malissa Wood. “And the overwhelming majority of running deaths are related to a heart condition a runner was simply not aware they had.”

A marathoner cardiologist who warns of the potential dangers of marathon training to one’s heart. Can you say “cognitive dissonance?”

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