by admin, November 1, 2011
A marathon is considered to be a race between competing athletes run over distance exceeding approximately 43 Km or 26 miles. For any runner to run over such a distance then considerations have to be given to general fitness and health, with not the least consideration being the effect of marathon running on the body.
The main effects will be felt by muscles, bone and the heart. Let us just see what is involved in long distance running.
- General Health. There is no direct evidence that marathon running is either beneficial or not to the body. It is certain that any long distance runner must stoke up on carbohydrates prior to the event to provide the necessary energy, and to ensure that supportive footwear is worn to prevent injury.