Could You Run a Marathon without Training for It?

Well, I couldn't, but I'm not so young anymore. Other people, however, have run -- not just walk, but run -- marathons with little or no training specifically for that grueling race. BBC News Magazine talked to runners and doctors about this challenge:

Typically, those signing up commit to long periods of meticulous planning, a careful diet and a regimented programme of progressively longer runs.

And yet those limbering up for the London Marathon on 22 April can be forgiven for feeling galled by Irish pop singers Jedward - aka John and Edward Grimes - who claim to have completed the Los Angeles marathon on a whim, straight off a flight and with no training.

Such an accomplishment flies in the face of all the advice offered by the medical world and the running community alike.


If you had to run a marathon tomorrow, could you do it?

Link -via Kottke | Photo: Flickr user steffenz

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I'm with marishka. With sufficient motivation keeping pace behind me -- hell, yes! But there would be the devil to pay when I got to the finish line. Thereafter I may have to have my feet amputated.
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