27 Sep '15, 12pm

How to keep running after pushing too close to the edge:

How to keep running after pushing too close to the edge:

It wasn’t the first time she had run to the point of collapse, but this time felt different. Just two weeks earlier, Ryan Shay had stumbled to the side of the road at the 2007 Olympic trials marathon in New York City and died. He had suffered a massive heart attack due to an enlarged heart—or, in the words of his autopsy report, “cardiac arrhythmia due to cardiac hypertrophy with patchy fibrosis of undetermined etiology.” In short, “natural causes.” Like the rest of the running community, McWalters was shaken by Shay’s death. But for her, it was personal: She was friends with both Ryan and his wife, Alicia (Craig), whom she trained with at Stanford, and she had a history of heart palpitations, both in races and in workouts. “When you combine a powerful emotional goal with a situation that’s very physical, you’re in that territory of not knowing how far you should go,” she ...

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