Running is great. Try it. But also know that this exertion will not lead you to a paradise full of ancients. And know that your face is going to wither regardless.
Go barefoot. Provided you dodge any real nasties -- glass, sharps, bear traps -- your feet might just thank you for it, writes Crikey reader Jim Forbes.
It's that time of year again, when less-than-fit folk commit to running a marathon or two to get in shape for summer. But for most, marathons are the exercise equivalent of crash dieting: once the race is over, they never run again.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy collapsed recently while jogging in Versailles. Looks like it was a case of overdoing it. Or medically speaking, a vasovagal episode. BBC asks just how risky jogging is.
As running rebels shed their shoes and go barefoot, some are suggesting it's the healthiest way to run and running shoes could actually be causing injuries.
Some scientists argue that humans' ability to run marathons could be a trait that evolved out of necessity -- giving man the ability to outrun his prey. Could the survival of the fittest have been this literal?