What happens to our bodies as we train for marathons?

The third Monday in April is known in Boston and beyond as ‘Marathon Monday,’ the annual running of that city’s world-famous marathon. It unofficially kicks off training and race season, when millions of runners prepare for and compete in races of all lengths through the fall. Since many of us are beginning to log our miles, choose our training plans and build endurance, we wanted to ask some of CU Anschutz’s biochemistry and molecular genetics researchers to break down what happens to our bodies as they run consistently. Travis Nemkov, PhD, assistant professor with CU School of Medicine and Anthony Saviola, PhD, ultramarathon runner also with CU School of Medicine, answer our questions about the training process.

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