Former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson has announced that she is training to run the 2013 ING NYC marathon on November 3. Anderson is running to raise money for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, which was co-founded by actor Sean Penn and has four core programs: medical assistance, camp and relocation management, engineering and construction, and community development. To donate, simply visit Anderson's page on CrowdRise.com.
In the spirit of supporting Anderson's worthy effort, the Allentown Health Examiner presents a few recent research findings related to marathon running.
Although marathons can be painful, they do not necessarily wreak havoc on the body. German researchers writing in the September 2013 issue of Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy note, "High-impact forces during long-distance running are well tolerated even in marathon beginners and do not lead to clinically relevant cartilage loss." That's good news for Pamela Anderson's knees!
Running can be good for your heart. Researchers from Berkeley, California, and Royal Oak, Michigan, studied the incidence of cardiac arrhythmias in walkers and runners and published their findings in June 2013 in PLOS ONE. The scientists found that the risk of arrhythmia declined for both walkers and runners. They also found "no significant risk increase for self-reported cardiac arrhythmias associated with running distance, exercise intensity, or marathon participation. That's good news for Pamela Anderson's heart!
And what about recovering from the experience? Well, it turns out that marathoning does have an effect on foot posture and on cytokine production. Prepping with Rhodiola rosea supplements doesn't appear to help either condition. However, drinking tart cherry juice after the marathon has been demonstrated to help increase total antioxidative capacity and reduce inflammation. We'll drink to that!