The SAD debate over the recent Marathon deaths. My heart breaks for the families and their losses.
How many runners out there are now on the receiving end of a lot of more criticism about running and it will "kill you"
Here is what one friend said to me, "Running is bad for you, you are destined to die"
I said, "I know. People who don't run are immortal"
(she said nothing)
Another reply to another friend
"Yea, so does smoking and drinking. I quit smoking over 6 yrs ago so I had to find something to kill me"
(she also said nothing)
Folks, the reality is - we will ALL die whether it is running or in the bathtub.
When I started running, I was told by Doctors my knees desperately needed replacement surgery. Nope, all I needed was good shoes and proper form.
When I blew out my hip, I was told I would not be as strong as I use to be. 4 5K Pr's, 2 10k Pr's, 3 Half Marathon Pr's and qualifying for the USATF Master's Team later....I think I can say they were all wrong in their predictions. Most importantly, I have been injury free since then.
The body is a hearty machine, but very delicate. There are people who die of mysterious diseases all the time. Sometimes even the most medical technology cannot detect a heart condition.
For the mainstream media who chooses to idolize the athletes and then tear down the sport - we are the 1%. It's an Occupy Wall Street in Reverse.
Instead of taking to the streets in protest in anger. We protest the epidemic of obesity, high medical costs and stressful lives - by taking to the streets in the quest for health and fitness.
If I have to choose when I die - I would rather die inches away from the Finish Line than inches away from the Remote Control.
Share your story - how have your non-running friends reacted to the news of recent marathon deaths?
(c) C. Ragsdale 2011
Celebrate Your Finish,
Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
Certified Sports Nutritionist, Running Coach & Public Speaker
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