The news of 2 cardiac arrests in Sundays Cardiff Half marathon has got into my head.
I ran a 1:41 on Sunday and am mid 30's. The 2 guys who sadly aren't with us any longer were of a similar-ish age (one a bit younger and one a bit older) and not vastly different times (1:50ish and 2h ish).
I wasn't expecting those who came to an untimely end to be young and fit, rather that they'd have been unhealthy/old/fat/smokers etc. so discovering that they weren't that different from many other runners has made we wonder how much risk we put ourselves at by pushing ourselves to our perceived limits in a race?
Before commenting that millions of people race each year and that these are the first deaths in the Cardiff Half Marathon etc., please consider that the question is not supposed to be sensationalist but questions, are we putting ourselves at risk? How do we minimise that risk? Is there any research to understand the pro's of sport/running v. risks of racing and perhaps whether we should not exceed threshold HR etc. I feel I need educating to help put my mind at rest...
RIP Ben McDonald and Dean Fletcher .