A sport’s scientists look at the effects of a marathon
Most people have no idea what is required to run a marathon. Training a couple of times a week for a few months is simply not going to cut it. You may well have the guts to pull it off and finish, but what sort of lasting effect can it have on your body. People have been known to have heart attacks, pee blood and cause permanent joint injuries amongst other things.
Before you even start thinking about beginning your marathon training, it is well worth being informed about what really happens to the body. Emma Ross, Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport, explains what really happens.
I'm a Theoretical Chemist, which most of my friends think is really geeky! It's actually fun! Live with my wife and dog Togo in Frisco.I love british TV, especially Top Gear and Have I got News For You. I play piano, like the sea and all sorts of water sports. I'm now training for my first marathon.