Every marathon covers 26.2 miles, but each course demands different things from the mind and body. Sunday’s Marine Corps Marathon course, for instance, is entirely paved and has a few decent hills — including a cruel climb to the finish line. Here is advice from three marathon experts on how to tackle common course characteristics in a scientific way.

The experts: Lewis G. Maharam, author of “Running Doc’s Guide to Healthy Running;” Greg McMillan, coach and exercise physiologist; Jenny Hadley, author of “Marathoning for Mortals.” Additional sources: McMillanrunning.com, Running Times magazine | Bonnie Berkowitz and James Smallwood - The Washington Post October 22, 2012
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