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Gina Kolata writes about several recent advances in marathon training techniques in today’s New York Time’s Science section. While most of the information won’t really apply non-marathon runners, it’s a really good read for anyone with even a casual interest in the sport.

Kolata spoke with several coaches and trainers at a recent meeting sponsored by U.S. Track and Field in preparation for the 2007 World Championships in Oasaka, and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing:

It was not the typical scientific meeting. At least half the people in the room wore runners’ watches on their wrists and running shoes on their feet. The meeting adjourned for 2½ hours in the late afternoon so the participants could go for a run and eat dinner. And it seemed that no training tip was too minor to be of interest.

Among the topics covered in the article are secrets for staying hydrated in hot, humid conditions; the benefits of spreading your caloric intake evenly throughout the day; and the challenges of running in cities with high levels of air pollution, such as Osaka and Beijing.

Now since I’m not a marathon runner, I won’t be trying out any of these “secrets” anytime soon, but as a running tech junkie, I’m always excited to see coverage of the science behind the sport in the mainstream press.

Read the article here.

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