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The Science of Marathon Running

The Science of Marathon Running

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I ran one… FOR SCIENCE!
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So maybe we can’t outrun cheetahs or antelope, but humans are uniquely adapted for long distance running. What does science have to say about marathon running? To find out, (and because I was feeling a little crazy) I decided to run one!

Here’s what I discovered about the science of long distance running
Endurance running adaptations: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7d/Human_Running_Adaptations.png

For more on the science and evolution of distance running, from training plans to cellular physiology, check out Tim Noakes’ “The Lore of Running” http://amzn.to/1eKYir9 and Christopher McDougall’s “Born to Run” http://amzn.to/NnF7wb

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