Boston Hangover: A Sobering Preview Of The Next US Olympic Marathon…

If Meb's intoxicating win in Boston yesterday has you buzzed enough to believe that the US is back on top of the marathon world, you'd better grab some Tylenol: Our three best prospects for the 2016 Olympics are a 41-year old and two guys who have never run a marathon. » 4/22/14 3:58pm Yesterday 3:58pm

The Terrifying Hell A Marathon Inflicts On The Human Body

The 118th annual Boston Marathon is about to get underway, and like any marathon, it will be an incredible physical tax on all of its participants. There will be heart trauma, organ damage, blood pissing, unspeakable chaffing—and those are the baseline. Below, read Dr. Matt McCarthy's explanation from this past October … » 4/21/14 8:43am Monday 8:43am

Boston Without Barriers: The Marathon Then And Now

Part of the appeal of marathons is their inclusive nature, the way they're accessible to both runners and spectators. It's a sport of the people, the steaming rabble, those straining sinew flinging their sweat onto those shouldering closer to holler or hold out a crushed and sloshing cup of water. Salty skin touches… » 4/18/14 2:51pm Friday 2:51pm

What Are Your Best Day-After Marathon Misery Stories?

The New York City marathon was yesterday, meaning today there are about 48,000 people who are feeling beat to hell today. What's the worst thing that happened to you, in yesterday's race, or ever: Toenails fall off? Peeing blood? Global refusal to get the hell out of bed until next decade? Open forum, tell us your sob… » 11/04/13 3:16pm 11/04/13 3:16pm

The Terrifying Hell A Marathon Inflicts On The Human Body

The New York City marathon is today! Most people take training for a marathon seriously, because it's a huge day that they work toward all year, and also because it's based on a guy literally dying from running too fast and far. Other people don't. Here's Dr. Matt McCarthy on the very bad stuff that happens to the… » 11/03/13 10:54am 11/03/13 10:54am

Why Marathoners (Especially Men) Are "Irrational" Runners

If you're going to sacrifice your body to run 26.2 miles all at once, shouldn't you at least run them as best you can? Eric Allen (USC) and Patricia Dechow (Berkeley) took a look at finishing times for 300,000 Chicago Marathon runners from 2003 to 2011, concluding, in the style of all behavioral economics papers, that… » 11/01/13 3:19pm 11/01/13 3:19pm

The Terrifying Hell A Marathon Inflicts On The Human Body

Pamela Anderson running on a beach is one of those indelible images in American pop culture. So there were a lot of yuks when she announced earlier this fall that she'd be running in the New York City Marathon, which takes place this Sunday. Pam Anderson running—for 26.2 miles! And when she went on Ellen and confessed… » 10/31/13 4:02pm 10/31/13 4:02pm