I wonder what happens to the human heart during and after running 7200 kms? Let’s find out!!!! I’m super stoked to tell you about the cool study my friends at the Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre and the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta are doing. Using Circle Cardiovascular Imaging’s best-in-class cvi42© software, some of the best cardiologists in Canada are taking on (in my opinion) the largest endurance cardiovascular MRI study ever performed of its kind.
Within my training my baseline testing will be done in Calgary then ten days into Outrun Rare (about 1100 kms) we will take another MRI in Calgary at the Foothills Hospital. The next MRI wouldn’t occur til Montreal then possibly Halifax then finally one directly after finishing in St. Johns. I may need to fly out immediately following celebrations that night in order to get valid scientific findings but these logistics will become clearer in time. Either way, scientists for the first time ever can witness the changes that will inevitably happen to cardiac tissues following extreme use over a two month period.
This is a very unique opportunity to give back to the medical community and to further the understanding of exercise physiology and cardiology as a whole. As a self-proclaimed nerd, I just think this is super cool and if I can give up my body for study, since I’ll be doing this run anyway, then study away doctors. My body is your experiment.
Thanks to Circle Cardiovascular Imaging for sponsoring my run and introducing us to the doctors who can make a study like this happen.
If I have my son on my mind I’m wondering if my heart just might grow.