Alex Hutchinson writes Outside’s Sweat Science column, about the science of endurance and adventure. He started out as a Cambridge-trained physicist and long-distance runner on the Canadian national team. As a journalist, he earned a National Magazine Award for his energy reporting with Popular Mechanics, covered adventure travel for The New York Times, and wrote a training column for Runner’s World. His latest book, out in February 2018, is ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. He lives in Toronto, where he runs fast, climbs poorly, and gets outside as much as possible with his wife and daughters.
Why Ultrarunning Success Is Hard to Predict
Scientists can forecast marathon performance fairly accurately. But for longer distances, things get complicated.