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Watch It: Marathon Challenge on NOVA

There are many ways to get yourself motivated to run! Or even just to exercise in general. If you can’t make it to an actual marathon for inspiration, you can watch Marathon Challenge produced by NOVA for PBS. It is an up close and personal look at normal folks training to run the prestigious Boston Marathon.

The story begins in the summer of 2006, when 13 running newbies begin training for the upcoming race in April 2007. The 13 participants come from diverse backgrounds, one is even a former NFL linebacker, and they all have diverse reasons for running. NOVA watches as the 13 participants train with 3 time Boston Marathon winner Uta Pippig and a former track coach from Tufts University. They even receive nutritional advice from a Tuft prof! You will learn the health benefits as well as the health costs of running such distances - from stress blisters to stress fractures.

This is a real life experiment and one trainee equates his experience to the original physical challenge reality show Survivor. So I expect the show to be part documentary with a heavy dose of reality show drama and I am so excited to watch! Marathon Challenge will premiere Tuesday, October 30 at 8:00 pm on most PBS stations.

To see the dramatic trailer, just read more

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