Instructional Video

The Science of Marathon Running

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The science of marathon running is the subject of a resource that begins with the history of the marathon and why it is 26.2 miles long, and then goes into the biology in our bodies and the way our muscles, bones, and other physical structures help when running. The video concludes with the importance of proper nutrition for running and how to avoid the dreaded wall. Remember, no matter how slow you run, you are still beating everyone on the couch. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Co-teach the lesson with the physical education teacher
  • Bring in a long distance runner or a nutritionist to talk about the balance of what people need during a run
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson would fit perfectly right before a marathon in your area
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Includes closed captioning in English, Portuguese, and Turkish
  • Highlights new vocabulary throughout the video
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