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While there is significant research on pacing, training, and eating, little research has been conducted at the intersection of math and running. The work that has been done focuses mainly on shorter races like the 800 meter, and none of it focuses on the practice of eating while running.


In an article for The Conversation, Cameron Cook, a recent PhD graduate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, describes his work to find out how a marathon runner can maximize energy output to run the fastest possible race.

Cook combined mathematics with research from the worlds of nutrition and sport science to identify how a runner’s speed should change throughout a race, and how much and when they should eat during the run. Read the full article on The Conversation.


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