fbpx

Is running a marathon in your genes?

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest

Training for a marathon requires consistency and focus. But champs like the Comrades Marathon 2017 winner Bongmusa Mthembu make it look effortless. Do they literally take a challenge like this in their stride? Are they born for it? Spanish researchers have recently concluded that genetics do indeed play an essential role in success when completing a long distance run.

According to Juan Del Coso, from the Exercise Physiology Laboratory of the Camilo José Cela University, the muscle demands of a marathon require approximately 30,000 strides, while the legs absorb between 1.5 and 3 times the body weight of the runner every step. The contractions of the leg muscles cause progressive deterioration in the muscle fibres releasing proteins of the injured muscle into blood – and it’s this that researchers measured in the fascinating test on marathon runners to determine the influence of genetics on muscle damage. They wanted to discover why some runners finish the line with muscle pain and deterioration, while others didn’t – even when they had completed the same training.

Looking closely at the genes related to the muscle function of runners, each gene was assigned a score based on previous research that showed a particular gene created a muscular advantage for running a marathon. The runners with the highest scoring genes when tested after a race showed they had lower levels of the “damage proteins” in their blood.

The downside of this is that in future runners will be able to test their genes to see if they are destined for marathon greatness. On the flipside, knowing your muscles don’t come with an edge inherited from your ancestors which means you will know how to do specific training to prepare your muscles for facing marathon conditions. Knowledge truly is power!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest

Latest Posts

PlanB

Food with good fat

When it comes to weight loss, fat has been given a bad name. However, what we may not be aware of is …

Balance training

Adding balance to your exercise routine Balance is something every adult needs to maintain in order to perform basic daily tasks. You …

7 Ways to stick to your goals

We live in strange and unpredictable times. One small change can cause a committed person to derail from their set goals. We …

The symptoms of burnout and how to avoid it

If you have been feeling unmotivated or uninspired by your career or life in general, there is likely an underlying cause. You …

0
    0
    Your Cart
    Your cart is emptyReturn to Shop