Nine Surprises From Unlikely U.S. Marathon Champ Blake Russell

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Twenty miles is considered the psychological halfway point in a marathon—quads and hammies are starting to rig, feet are swollen and pulpy, raw skin stings from salty sweat, bodily systems send increasingly frequent and frantic cease-and-desist messages to the brain. The remaining 6.2 miles require at least as much mental and physical effort as the first 20.

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