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Posts for tag: Marathons

By Nrupa Shah
November 05, 2014
Category: High Heels

Running a marathon is something a lot of people like to do just to check it off their bucket list. Then there are those who run (marathons) for a living. To run a marathon one must train very hard at least six months prior to the event--at the least! With that said, marathons are NOT easy tasks to accomplish. They are even harder to accomplish if you plan on running one in high heels! Thirty seven year old mother of five, Natalie Eckert is planning on completing the 2015 London Marathon doing just that. She was inspired by the German-native Julia Plecher who ran a 100m-dash in gold high heels in a record time of 14.351 seconds.

 Now, running a 100m dash and running a marathon are two completely different things. To put it in perspective, a marathon (26.2 miles) is 42,164.81 meters...that’s approximately 420-times the distance compared to the 100m dash. Running marathons are dangerous if one hasn’t trained properly, but even experienced runners who train yearly for these events can sustain the unwanted trauma that running a distance of this magnitude causes. Injuries frequently associated with marathon runners are, but not limited to: stress fractures (of the foot), meniscal tears (of the knee), and ligamentous injuries (i.e., ankle sprains). Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ see these injuries all the time during the New York and Boston Marathon months and they are experts when it comes to managing and treating these conditions.

 Wearing high heels puts a lot of pressure on the balls of the feet and greatly increases a person’s chance of a lateral ankle sprain. Knowing that, running 26.2 miles in heels is extremely dangerous and certainly advised against. It is one thing to want to make history but is it really worth the pain and agony she’ll be in after? I don’t think so. If she does go through with it though, I wish her the best and hope she has a speedy recovery.

 By Nrupa Shah