487,000 people completed a marathon in the U.S.
541,000 people completed a marathon in the U.S.
The numbers are still being counted but they expect another significant rise
Are you seeing the trend? More and more people are running farther and farther. You would think that that would make me happy right? Movement is life, but in this case I am a little concerned about the impact that this increase in distance running may have on these people. Do not get me wrong, I think training for, and completing, a marathon is a huge accomplishment, but do we need to take on the physical pounding to accomplish that goal. Will the end justify the means? Only time will tell the answer to that question. I also find myself wondering how in the world do you find the time in your day to do all that running? I can tell you that I have enough trouble finding the 15 minutes that I use to exercise everyday!
I, recently, had a new patient who is a runner and we discussed her running at length. I ask almost evey patient who is a runner one particular question about why they chose to run as their exercise. I always ask "Why running?" and follow that up with "What is your goal?" I have heard a ton of different answers! If their goal is to lose weight, I often suggest that there are much more efficient ways to do it, but if they run for "mental health" or for the cardiovascular benefits I have no argument against running. I always suggest that you choose an exercise that you enjoy and one that will help you meet your goals.
The bottom line is that we all need to find an exercise routine that will help us reach our goals AND one that is not likely to cause injury! Please keep that in mind when you decide whether you want to commit to running a marathon.
A Quick TED talk that I thought was great!
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