June 27, 2013 | Ling

When I first read that ultra-marathons stress runners' bodies less than a normal marathon, I thought, how bizarre!

new study shows that when athletes run ultra-marathons, they consciously pace themselves more and lower the intensity at which they run. Sleep deprivation also kicks in for an additional protective effect.

Fascinating stuff. But probably not something I'll ever experience for myself, considering my idea of endurance is being able to climb my office stairs without panting...

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Longer races cause less muscle damage than shorter ones.

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