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Getting through the marathon pain
Around the Academy:

On the starter's gun you're feeling fit as a fiddle. All fuelled up, muscles flexed and raring to go.

Twenty six and a bit miles later you're exhausted, parched and your wobbly legs can barely carry you over the finish line.

Yes, the marathon has taken its terrible toll!

Just so you know exactly what it's like, the Academy decided to find out what your body goes through during the gruelling 26-mile slog.

We asked UK Sport scientist David Lasini to help us investigate - and to give some advice for gritting your teeth and getting through the pain barrier.


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