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20 things you need to know about the Marathon

Apr 14th, 2016 / Nicki Chick

Marathon

From tapering to runny roses and post race stretching 13th April 2016

About to embark on a 26.2-miler? Here are some facts you may not know about athletics’ toughest event

Running a marathon entails 40,000 strides, 2800 calories and 26.2 miles of gut-busting effort. The classic distance places huge demands on the body, sapping energy and inflicting temporary damage upon muscles and mind.

In the days that follow, you will wonder how you will ever function normally again. And then most likely, you’ll decide to run another. Here are 20 things you should know about the ultimate endurance challenge to ensure you are best-prepared before, during and after the race.

Athletics Weekly runs through them all

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