My friends all snarked at the study. I was cheeky and told my friends they needed to learn CPR for the playdates I went to. My ultra running pals pointed out that when they are competing in a long distance event, their activity level is not vigorous, and they are paying close attention to their food and fluid levels. Other athletes more upset about the study went straight to the source — leaving their views on news websites. My favourite comments were left on Scientific American
, pointing out that 10 percent of the study participants showed heart damage, while 90 percent showed no damage and their hearts were actually in better health than the control group.
One point that all athletes agreed on was use of ultra runner Micah True as the poster child for ‘you’re going to die while ultra running’. True, who passed away last month,
while on a trail run near his home in Mexico, was found to have had a scarred, enlarged heart. News writers were quick to say that his running caused the scarring, when in reality he had an undiagnosed heart condition and running likely extended his life.