CariFin Podcast Show notes – Sunday, October 11, 2009

How Can I Prevent My Own ‘Sudden Death’ While Running

ambulance treat victim at raceIntro: hi this is podcast Number 45, of the Fun Fitness friendship Podcast. I am your host Wayne Roberts…. This is for Sunday, October 11, 2009

This podcast is coming from the sunny Urban Financial Center of the Caribbean I am talking about – Port of Spain – Trinidad.

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Today theme is “How Can I Prevent My Own ‘Sudden Death’ While Running!”

I will like to thank our main sponsor Nature Valley. This is the 3rd year they are with us and I sincerely want to thank them….. After a run, or when I am feeling for snack I turn to nature valley Granola bars. For that Great nutritional mix and great taste.


What on today;

We have the news

My brief banter

Tip of the week

Quote of the week

And links…. of the week.

And what coming up

In Next week show


Registration is going at a pace at First Citizens and collections of packages have started at UWI SPEC.

We at CariFin have surpassed the 100 mark and registration should be done by Tuesday.

On Saturday October 10, we did the 2nd dry run of the course and had quite a favorable response from those who were there.

Next Saturday is Kiss 15 and 5K October 18 and we are asking our participants to try and participate to get accustomed to race day gitters.

Our weekly training continues on Tuesday’s and Thursday at 5.00 pm

All runner/walkers are asked to assembly opposite memorial Park on the strip Upper Frederick St. in the Savannah.

This is part of our 8 week training program to get participants race sharp and ready for the event on Sunday November 01, 2009. For more information please call me at 487 9487

Brief Banter

I am pretty impressed with what I have seen so far based on the 2 trial runs we did

With just three weeks to go things are just fitting into place, hopefully people are just smoothing out little rough edges; because there isn’t anything much you could do now if you haven’t done it yet.

I know people would want to get into those extra sessions of speed work that they may not have gotten before to just polish off things.

I would like to emphasize that

Again very important to us is the fact that we are we are using our efforts here to raise funds for our charity – Lupus society of Trinidad and Tobago.

Half marathon tip of the week:

  Get with the program. You need to train for your goal – not just run randomly – and that means following a program through five phases:

  1. Endurance
  2. Strength
  3. Speed (omit for Novice and some Intermediate runners)
  4. Taper
  5. Recovery


Quote of the week:

“Pain is temporary but quitting last forever” (Lance Armstrong) “You have a choice. You can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat of your face” (Gatorade ad)


Link of the week

1. How Can I Prevent My Own ‘Sudden Death’ While Running? October 10, 2009

The recent deaths of two runners at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon left me shaken up. I saw the young lady on the course being worked on by the EMTs. Can you give any general advice to people starting a running program? Is there anything runners should be doing to protect themselves? – Jerry

Thanks for writing, Jerry. Believe me — doctors are just as shaken up emotionally when these sorts of things happen at a race we are covering. We’ve all heard the statistic of 1 death per 50,000 runners, but each time it occurs, it gets more and more difficult.

My colleagues in marathon medicine and I, through the International Marathon Medical Directors Association, do have some new thoughts on this subject. There are no real answers yet, unfortunately, but I think this is a good time to discuss what we are all thinking.

First off, please remember that running is safe and healthy for the vast majority of the people, in the vast majority of cases.  Without exercise, morbidity increases: you see higher incidence of death, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, lower overall quality of life, etc.

So please don’t stop running because you hear of a tragedy at a race. Most races are proud that their medical program involves a fleet of dedicated ambulances and paramedics stationed along the course, hundreds of medical volunteers at numerous stations throughout the course and start and finish areas, and a dedicated on-site communications and dispatch system. Indeed, if you were to have a heart attack, the safest place to be is in a hospital or on one of these race courses.

And please bear in mind that in any population of 50,000 people — even ones just sitting around or doing yard work — a certain percentage will likely suffer heart attacks over that same several-hour period. This is a point that seems lost on some who warn that running will “kill you.”

What does concern IMMDA doctors (and everyone else) is the anecdotal increase in the type of runner that dies. For years, autopsies revealed significant cornary disease in runners who collapsed during races; lately we’ve seen a number of autopsies come back completely negative, providing no clues as to cause of death, in young adults.  This has left the medical world puzzled.

What could possibly be causing this? As I said, we just don’t know. But here are some preliminary thoughts:

  • Over the past several years, consumption of caffeine has taken off, especially among younger people. Whereas we once got caffeine mainly from our morning coffee, today we have espresso shots in that coffee, caffeine-loaded drinks like Red Bull and RockStar, even caffeine-laced energy gels. And at least one study has shown that 200 mg of caffeine (equivalent to two cups of coffee) decreases coronary blood flow while marathoning. Could high doses of caffeine be enough to set off a fatal arrhythmia?
  • Arthur Siegel, M.D., director of internal medicine at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., and a medical volunteer for the Boston Marathon, has reported that platelet activation from plaque due to muscle breakdown from marathon running may be a cause of a micro-ischemic event causing the fatal arrthymia not seen on autopsy.
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What coming Up!

Date – Sunday 18 October 2009 – Kiss 15K Distance 15 Km (9.32 miles) – Start Memorial Park, Queen’s Park Savannah

Date Sat. October 24, 2009 – CBTT 5K

Date Sunday 01 November 2009 – Distance Half Marathon (21.1 km) (13.1 miles) – Time

6.00 am –

What in next week show.

Getting ready for dry run 11.

We look at some interviews with the participants and check our show notes at

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