Science of Marathon Running

26.2 miles of awesome human evolution.
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So maybe we can’t outrun cheetahs or antelope, but humans are uniquely adapted for long distance running. To find out why (and because I was feeling a little crazy) I decided to run a marathon!

Here’s what I discovered about the science of long distance running.

Endurance running adaptations:

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


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