How are you today? I’ve been running 6 or 7 miles every day this week, but I’m taking tomorrow off because I’m going to be running a little half marathon this weekend. Yes, another one. Anyway, on Tuesday after waking up I noticed my eye was a little red in the corner. I didn’t really think much about it but it got much worse over the course of the day.
After running yesterday, I noticed it was bleeding. Yes, the inside of my eye. For those of you with weak stomachs, dont enlarge the picture I’m about to post, just scroll right past it.
This is what it looked like the first day.
Anyway, it got a lot worse yesterday but it seems to be getting better today. Back in July, I had a minor altercation with my weed eater and had the same results; but this happened while I was sleeping. I posted a picture on instagram and then my sister texted me a picture of a girl in her office who woke up with the same thing! However, hers covered the entire white of her eye. EEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWW!
This is obviously the sign of an impending zombie apocalypse, don’t you agree? No? Maybe I watch too much The Walking Dead or I’m just having Norman Reedus withdrawals, but I digress…
Anywho, this eye thing really freaked out the hubs and he did not want me to run in a race this weekend without speaking to my doctor. So, I did just that and it turns out it’s a subconjunctival hemorrhage, which was probably caused from sneezing, and my eye requires no treatment as long as it continues to get better. Since the marathon is not until this Sunday, he feels it’s okay for me to run.
So with all that drama, MacGyver brought up that fact that runners sometimes die during marathons. And while I’m sure most of you know this, I though it might be time to share some information with you. Believe it or not, there are precautions that you can, and should take, to help prevent death or at the very least serious injury while running a marathon.
If you want to stay healthy, it’s recommended that you get at least an hour of moderate exercise every day, but regular exercise is no guarantee that you won’t get heart disease or even suffer from a heart attack. Regular exercise is like an investment in your body. Like any investment, you hope it pays off in the end, but there are no guarantees.
FACT: Some runners die.
Those that die who are under 30 or even 35 typically have structural defects in the heart such as Ryan Shay. They may have rare heart conditions that haven’t been diagnosed. Runners over 35 typically die from artery disease that causes heart attacks.
The medical directors of the world’s largest marathon and endurance events, (IMMDA International Marathon Medical Director’s Association) have developed a current theory based on preliminary research and observations regarding sudden deaths that have occurred during half marathons and full marathons in the past few years.
They believe that most of these deaths can be attributed to certain conditions or factors which include:
Underlying conditions that may or may not have been previously diagnosed.
Exercise that exceeds in intensity or duration from the athletes usual routine.
Performing endurance exercise which releases muscle enzymes that may activate platelets and produce a blood clot or decreased blood flow and oxygen to the heart.
Sprinting the last mile which increases adrenaline and may cause abnormal heart rhythms.
To help reduce your risk of Sudden Death, the IMMDA has developed guidelines based on the latest scientific research, and here they are:
IMMDA’s HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RUNNERS & WALKERS
If you have not sufficiently trained for the race with a corresponding race plan that is appropriate for that level of training, you should not run. Period. In other words, if you’ve only trained for a 5K, you should not attempt to run a full marathon.
You should have a yearly physical and be sure to let your physician know what your exercise routine is and what your goals are. If you haven’t seen a doctor in 10 years, you may want to do that before running a full marathon.
Unless you have a medical condition or your physician has advised you not to, take one 81mg baby aspirin on the morning of any run/walk of 10K or more.
Do Not consume an NSAID’s before a walk or run 10K or over.
Consume less than 200mg of caffeine before and during a 10K or longer walk or run.
Only drink a sports drink or its equivalent during a run/walk of 10K or more.
Drink only when you are thirsty.
Consume salt during a 10K or more unless you have a medical condition or your physician has deemed it inadvisable.
During the last mile of your run/walk, maintain your pace or slow down. Do not sprint unless you have practiced this in your training.
For more information on the IMMDA and its recommend guidelines and research, visit this site.
And remember, always call your doctor and schedule a regular medical checkup. (And by doctor, I mean your physician, not webmd! You runners, GAH!)
So tell me:
Are you a long distance runner or an endurance athlete? Have you, or anyone you know, ever suffered from a life threatening condition during or immediately after an event?
*disclaimer – I am not a physician, nor do I have any medical training at all. This post is not intended as advice and I strongly suggest that if you have any concerns at all regarding your health, you seek the advice of a professional.