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Joe Hanson, Ph.D. is a curious group of atoms in a curious universe, and he’s here to tell you how it all works. We officially live in the future, and everyone should know that it’s okay to be smart! And today is all about the Science of Marathon Running. Dr. Hanson says, even though we can’t and never will be able to outrun cheetahs or antelope, humans are uniquely adapted for long distance running. The question is, what does science have to say about marathon running? To find out, Dr. Hanson decided to run one!

Here’s what he found out about the science of long distance running.


If that video motivated you, maybe it’s time to get on a training plan!?  If so, you’re going to LOVE “Marathon Training Made Easy“.  Watch this short video to learn more.

For more on the science and evolution of distance running and cellular physiology, check out Tim Noakes’ Lore of Running, 4th Edition and/or Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run.

Post Author: Dave Erickson