Book 28 of 2022

‘Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance’ by Alex Hutchinson

Interesting book.

This book explores various physical and psychological limits that scientists have explored to discover the extremes of human endurance. You could probably therefore guess it is quite sciencey in places!

The book is divided into various chapters that explore different researchers ideas: pain, muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst and fuel. It also tries to explain some of the big theories in the endurance event world, from the ‘human machine’ to the brain being the ‘central governor’.

This book isn’t a training manual, it just explores what the human limits are. Interestingly, after 273 pages of science, it comes back to this famous physiologist, Michael Joyner, back in 1991 when he was asked what a runner needs to do to break the 2-hour marathon:

Run a lot of miles.

Some faster than your race pace.

Rest once in a while.

If you are in anyway interesting in what it takes to run faster, it is well worth a read.

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