I Ran A Marathon… For Science
This week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart was five months in the making, folks. It was a labor of love, full of blood, sweat, pain and joy. I ran a marathon, for science.
I’ve enjoyed running for as long as I can remember. I’m weird like that. Whether it was on the soccer field or on the road, I just love the peace and pleasure that comes with moving my legs.
But even then, I never understood how human beings were physically able to run a marathon. “26.2 miles?! HA!" I used to think.
I figured the best way to find out was to just do it! This video tells the story.
In the process, I learned how evolution molded our bodies into running machines, how our ancestors first stood up and took off on the hunt, how we fuel our long-distance endurance engines with amazingly efficient cellular ATP factories, what it means to “hit the wall”, and how freaking amazing the Achilles tendon is (perhaps nature’s finest kinetic/potential energy conversion device).
But by far, the most important thing I learned is that our bodies are capable of amazing feats, and just like the evolutionary journey that got us here, you’ve gotta go through a little pain and adaptation to get where you’re going. Luckily I had thousands of you pushing me up every hill!
Hope you enjoy this one, it was a special video to make.
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Repost for the late crowd. New video!