Pat Shingleton: "On the Run..."
I'm stealing the thunder of my colleague Josh Eachus who posted an interesting column on ideal running conditions. French researchers found that thermometers registering readings in the lower 40s produce the fastest marathon times. This was determined by examining running times for 1.8 million participants over a 10-year period. Faster runners that generate more body heat also performed better when readings registered in the upper 30s. Josh referenced Alex Hutchinson of "Runner's World." Hutchinson noted the correlation of weather in the fall and spring and the fastest times. Courses with hills actually produce better times than easier, flatter courses due to ideal temperatures. Perfect conditions are expected for this weekend's marathon.