Anyone familiar with Art Devany and his Evolutionary Fitness theories? He has a strong anti endurance sport bias. His blog has a special catagory just for that subject. See his latest rant.
I understood that to be a motorcycle event.
Even better apparently he ran XC.
You want counter arguments?
The Specter of Richard Gibbens wrote:
I like how some of you just dismiss theories that don't mesh with your own, but don't offer any evidence to back up your claims or provide alternative theories/data. What's the mater? The turth sting? And if you're just going to engage in personal attacks, don't expect this "nutjob" to respond.
Free radicals do increase with endurance activity, but the mechanisms for 'clearing' or getting rid of free radicals also greatly increases with training. In essence it cancels itself out. Mitochondria go into a premature decline? Unlikely unless a person is consistantly and constantly overtrained or does anaerobic work(not distance work as he claims) for too long and too often. Look at all the longitudal studies. The elite athletes who continued to do some kind of running had a much greater aerobic capacity and mitochondria concentration and activity than any recreational or untrained people at the same age. Thus his claim is total BS.
"6. The free radicals produced by running and the glucose heavy foods runners eat will expose her to high oxidative stress. Her mitochondria will take a beating and may eventually go into premature decline (though years later)."
His opinions, nothing based on facts or evidence in these claims.
10. It takes too much time and is no fun. The pretty, happy, and athletic young woman that is your daughter will become a fat, skinny, compulsive, overtrained and prematurely aged woman with a slight scowl on her face in place of that smile if she becomes a chronic runner.