Marathons - Women are tortoises, Men are hares?

Marathons - Women are tortoises, Men are hares?

Postby up-down on Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:31 pm

Chalk up running a marathon as one more way that women and men differ, says a group of researchers who hail from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and Marquette University in Wisconsin. “Women are generally more effective than men in their marathon pacing,” said the research team in the journal, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

This new study is one of the first to look at gender differences in pacing with an eye toward which sex is more likely to fade during the last half of a marathon. Ideally, runners try to maintain the same pace from start to finish, which can be a challenge for recreational runners. With this in mind, the researchers judged a drop in pace of 10 per cent or less as optimal and 30 per cent or more as significant. ... story.html

Any runners in the house? Do you agree/disagree with the idea that the guys tend to hit that invisible wall before the end of the race?

I would not qualify as a runner, even for recreation, so a marathon is out of the question.
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