When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Half Marathons

A young woman collapsed and perished at the end of a road race that she’d run last year with no difficulties. Frantic, expert attempts to resuscitate her were unavailing, and only on autopsy was it clear why: she’d had a massive abdominal hemmorrhage. She’d have been just as dead if she’d already been in the ER when it happened.

The Scranton mother of three who died after completing a half-marathon suffered an internal hemorrhage, the Lackawanna County coroner has reported.

Lindsay Doherty took up running a couple of years ago and trained for Sunday’s Scranton Half Marathon.

At the end of the 13.1-mile race, the 36-year-old married mother of three young children crossed the finish line and collapsed.

Medics rushed to Doherty’s side and tried to resuscitate her. She was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Community Medical Center’s emergency room, where she died a short time later.

Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland told The Times-Tribune  that an autopsy Monday showed Doherty suffered an intra-abdominal hemorrhage. He ruled the manner of her death as natural.

via Married mom of 3 dies at end of Pennsylvania half marathon.

Death comes to us all, and no one is guaranteed his or her Biblical three score and ten. She was a religious believer who put her labor where her faith was, raising money for her church, and perhaps that will be some small comfort to her family in this time of shock and sorrow.

And may all of us live our lives in the knowledge that they’re not guaranteed.

24 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Half Marathons

  1. Kirk

    It’s a reminder of how fragile life really is.

    I’d like to suggest that a counterpoint to these articles Hognose likes to put up might be “Times when death was taking a coffee break…”, because there’s a shed-load of stuff out there where you’re left going “How the f**k did that not kill them…?!!?”.

    There are literally some people wandering around alive today whose brushes with death would make Rasputin jealous… And, they lived.

    Makes you wonder, sometimes, who is really running things in this universe of ours. If there is such a thing as an involved deity, one who orchestrates everything from a falling sparrow to the manner of each of our deaths, I’m afraid that that entity apparently has a rather macabre and very dark sense of humor. At least, from where I’m sitting.

    1. DSM

      You ever watch that show “Dead Like Me”? Grim reapers with post-it notes meeting up at a waffle restaurant. Some of the episodes weren’t that great but still a funny show.

    2. 11B-Mailclerk

      I have survived some freaky stuff, including a lightning strike at about 6 feet away. Still trying to figure out how/why I received mulligans.

  2. Aesop

    A Triple-A (abdominal aortic aneurysm) will kill you deader than canned tuna in about 10-20 beats of your heart. (Just ask Zombie John Ritter.)

    If you were in surgery, opened up, with a picnic cooler of O- or type & screened blood handy, you’d still have less than a 50% chance.

    On the bright side, at least she finished the race. Imagine the double whammy of abruptly checking out, and 50 yards short.

    The point of life is to live it.

    1. Mike_C

      Sounded like AAA to me as well. Kinda weird in a 36-yo woman though.
      [annoying PSA goes here]: Risk factors for an aneurysmal (dilated) abdominal aorta include greater age, male sex, white race, smoking. The first three are nonmodifiable risk factors (the former Bruce Jenner aside), but the final one is definitely modifiable. Put that crap down. Spend the money saved on ammo.

      1. DaveP

        In addition to Mike_C’s list, I was taught tall thin folks, esp women, were at risk for dissecting AA, abdominal or intrathoracic? This demographic would include a lot of young, fit runners.


      2. John M.

        I have been told that smoking and the birth control pill are a nasty combo for the heart also. Thoughts?

        -John M.

        1. Mike_C

          Smoking is absolutely bad from a cardiovascular disease (CVD) standpoint; markedly increases risk of both heart attack and stroke.

          With oral contraceptive pills (OCP, i.e. birth control pills) it’s more of a “it depends” situation because there are different formulations of OCPs which seem to have varying effects. Some raise blood pressure slightly (and higher BP is a continuous risk factor — as in there is no threshold effect — for CVD in general) for example, but not all. Overall OCPs probably increase risk for CVD, but one also needs to bear in mind that baseline CVD risk is generally low in women of childbearing age, so there’s that. In addition to potential badness on the arterial side (which is what we generally worry about in terms of CVD) OCPs definitely increase risk of venous thromboembolism, or blood clots, on the venous side.

          My personal feeling is that the best things one can do for one’s heart (and cardiovascular system in general) are:
          0. pick the right parents (sorry, too late for that one)
          1. don’t smoke (quitting always helps; while there may be cumulative damage from prior smoking, hardly anyone is “so far gone it doesn’t matter any more”)
          2. maintain a healthy weight
          3. get some damn exercise (which ties in with #2)
          4. if you need medications, take them (If you have side effects a good doc should work with you to find another medication, not just tell you to suck it up. a) Not all side-effects are “class effects” meaning that if you can’t tolerate e.g. rosuvastatin, doesn’t necessarily mean that simvastatin, or pravastatin, won’t work for you. b) if one class truly is intolerable, there can be work arounds in many cases. c) with blood pressure, it often takes 2-4 drugs to get optimal control. No, we don’t get a bonus for each pill you’re on. We usually do the multidrug thing for hypertension because most of the bang for the buck is at a lower dose for any given drug. IOW the marginal increase in BP control if you go from say lisinopril 10 mg to 40mg is small, but the chance of a side effect is much larger at 40 than at 10. So people get put on several drugs at low/moderate doses than a single drug slammed to the rails.)

          #2 is important because obesity leads to impaired glucose tolerance (sort of pre-diabetes) and diabetes mellitus. IGT and DM are not just “sugar” diseases. They also adversely affect the heart, brain, kidneys, etc, through increased risk of atherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction among other things. We’ve gotten much better (as a society) with control of blood pressure and cholesterol and thus reducing CVD risk, but obesity-related problems are erasing those gains.

          Sorry for the OT (not that this is the first time, mea culpa).

          1. Scott

            I get the BP meds (10mg Lisinopril, myself), but the whole statin thingy–I’m just not sold on them. Of course, these days you can fire up google and find support for any set of facts you already want to believe. For now, I’m leery enough of them to plan on bagging the statins and doing the oatmeal & increase the old exercise approach.

          2. Mike_C

            @John M: Not a thing. But hoist a beer for me [see below], if you feel like it, and be sure to mock the TSA (in a nonactionable way) the next time you’re stuck in line :)

            @Scott: I’m with you (sorry, Pfizer/Merck/etc drug reps). IMO if you can do something by diet and exercise that’s way better than a pill. (Caveat: That’s as much my personal bias as Settled Science(TM). Plus, in some conditions, one definitely needs drugs, no question about it.) Oatmeal is great; also, regular, moderate consumption of ethanol raises “good” HDL cholesterol, as you probably know. I’m doing my part ethanol-wise, plus some extra in the name of folks who are teetotal or can’t afford alcohol. I’m just a giver in that way.

  3. Y.

    Death comes to us all, and no one is guaranteed his or her Biblical three score and ten.

    Sadly not as often as in the past.


    With modern medicine, far more children survive. This is bad because the human genome doesn’t replicate perfectly, and neither is it good, it’s full of crap genes.

    Any population that has low child mortality due to modern medicine, but has a prohibition on germline genetic engineering is going to run into a lot of trouble in a mere century or two.

    There was a paper on that, shame I can’t find it now.

  4. john stone

    MCRD San Diego morning PT third month there. On the pull-up bars and one of the recruits drops DRT massive heart attack. Grandson on his laptop during a thunderstorm. Lightning the hit house and the laptop explodes shooting keys everywhere. Luckily just a few scratches. We never know when or how…

  5. Michael Bane

    Well put, Hognose…

    My Sweetie and I lost someone dear to us this week, her Mom. Hell of a woman, a fighter. Went out on her own terms.

    But it was a reminder that the clock is always ticking.


  6. Billybob

    I was never good with the touchy feely stuff at dead body scenes. Responded to man fell down not breathing. I arrive EMTs had called it and I had to wait for coroner and bag team.
    I started telling the family funny stories. Dead body to my immediate left. Turns out about 20 family members arrive as we had to wait 4 hours due to a double homicide and car set on fire in the park.
    I had em rolling on the floor with stories.
    Finally coroner and baggers arrive, I move family out to parking lot.
    As soon as bagger picks up the guys feet blood shoots out of his mouth and hits bagger square in the chest.
    I literally panic, I yell shit doc I have been in this house four hours please tell me that’s not contagious.
    His explanation was the AAA. Whew!

    1. Mike_C

      >please tell me that’s not contagious. His explanation was the AAA. Whew!
      Even if it was the AAA, doesn’t mean the blood’s not contagious with something. You’re welcome ;-)

      >I had em rolling on the floor with stories.
      Sometimes it’s the best thing to do!

  7. Jim Scrummy

    Sad. She had run the race previously in 2016. Saw this happen at the 2007 Army Ten Miler. A guy collapsed at the end of the race. When the lottery number is called, nothing you can do. The most important idea I emphasize to the chillins’, enjoy the present, because it’s a present.

  8. Simon

    Y., I agree with your comments about the low infant mortality. Trouble is,it is a difficult topic to discuss with most people. So’nThe take a century either. It is certainly part of the reason why the immigrant population is successful – They do not have this load of crap genes. At least not for this reason.

    1. S

      Cousin marriage over generations has not done their genetic pool much good….look up the fun the NHS in the former UK are having with South Asians.

  9. Simon

    This autocorrect will drive me to tabletcide yet.

    It won’t take a century either.

  10. Keith

    As a teenager twice survived ND’s from 12 gauge shotguns loaded with double 0 shot. Often wondered why.

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