Dr. Maharam: I am planning to run my sixth marathon in a few weeks. I’ve heard of many different injuries and conditions, which some doctors tell their patients they can run through while others tell them not to run. Can you tell me, once and for all, what injuries or conditions I should not run with?
– E.L., Miami Beach, FL
I hear this question year after year, sitting at the medical desk at marathon expos: “I hurt blah blah and my doctor told me I shouldn’t run. Can I run?”
I usually ask the runner, halfway kidding, “If I told you not to run, would you?”
Invariably, the answer is, “Yes!”
Assuming that you are healthy, have been cleared by your doctor, and have trained adequately, there are really only four reasons to keep a runner out of a marathon: