When Training Gets Redeemed in a Different Context (#126: 4/1/23 RUN REPORT)

Conclusion: Sometimes it’s about others’ running


Last Rumination (#125) ended with me considering ways to find a particular article to share with all of you. I made it out to be much more of a problem than necessary, because the solution came much more quickly than I expected. During lunch, my companion had a strategy. The link was no good anymore that I found from a running coach’s website to the article I was sure was the one I was seeking. The solution was to use the Internet Explorer Wayback Machine. The saved website sent me to another link which took to me to the New York Times article I remembered reading some years ago. That NYT article finally connected me to the original research article.

What I remembered that I wanted to share was research that said spouses of marathon runners are healthier than those of non-marathon runners. The details I remembered to help guide my searching over previous efforts were a little off. It turns out the research subjects were Boston Marathon registrants and partners who were evaluated at the runner’s expo before the race for cardiovascular health. It also turns out the partners were included incidentally: They were not the primary subjects of the research effort.

What I remembered right is that the partners were determined to be healthier than those of non-marathon participants. Read the article for all the details.

The NYT columnist interviewed one of the researchers: “More so than many people, [the partners] walked and moved around frequently, and had generally robust cardiac risk profiles.” So I got the conclusion right too: “If you want improved heart health but can’t be a runner, marry one.”
-CtCloser (Calvinthe) “Negative Split or Positive Splat” #dothedue

¶Text by Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. ¶Cross-published: Facebook Shawmont Running Club (4/1/23 RUN REPORT), Shawmont Running Club website, Ruminations by CtCloser.


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