The New York Times' Jane Brody has written about health and fitness for decades. I remember buying one of her tomes at a discount book barn back in the mid-1980s, and by then she was a household name. So I'm going to give her a free pass on constantly referring to all runners as "joggers" in today's column.
But I wonder about some of the advice she dispenses, presumably for former armchair athletes finally ready to leave the bench. She recommends people stay hydrated with water first and use sports drinks only if exercising two or three or more hours. That could be interpreted as running on water for a half marathon or more, and I wonder in summer heat, where electrolytes evaporate from sweaty bodies more quickly, if that's a sound strategy. She also states that nearly every marathon is marked by someone "keeling over" with a heart attack...given the hundreds of 26-milers now, that stat seems a little high to me. Maybe every major marathon?