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I think you can have a heart attack doing anything if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, etc. I suppose it is safe to get a physical before you start training for anything. I personally believe that running keeps me FROM having these problems. Because I run, I am one of the healthiest people I know. I think starting with something a little shorter than a marathon is a good idea for a beginner. Maybe a 5K? Even a half marathon is a fantastic goal! Just listen to your body! Eat a healthy diet without corn syrup, tons of sugar, lots of whole grains, and meals based on fruits, veggies, lean meats, and whole grains. I can't imagine a marathon training program in itself causing inflammation and heart attacks, that seems a little bold to me.

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I'm no doctor, but that cannot possibly be right. It reminds me of the old wives' tale that a woman shouldn't engage in long-distance running because her uterus will fall out. I've run 2 fulls and 4 halfs (halves?), and I've never seen someone's uterus fall out.


I will say that the marathon itself is hard on your body. This is one of those cases in which I had more respect for the distance after having done it. But you recover--blisters heal, and eventually you'll be able to walk down an incline without wincing. A half-marathon is a much less painful race, the training is far more manageable, and the race itself can be very fun, whereas a full is mostly not fun.


My first race ever was a half-marathon, so I highly recommend them. It's long enough to be impressive to non-runners (and that's what it's all about, right?), but it's not necessary to kill yourself to get there.



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