It takes months of training and preparation to run a marathon. Now imagine running a marathon every single day.
Diane Vanderen has teamed up with doctors at Mayo Clinic to help them learn more about what makes elite athletes able to accomplish such feats, especially for an athlete like Diane who overcame a debilitating illness to become the world's most elite female endurance runner.
"All I need to think about when I'm out there is stay in the moment," says Vanderen…
"We'll test her here at Mayo in ways that go beyond normal testing and then test her again in the field. We're also interested in what we can learn under extreme conditions that we can take back to clinical populations," says Dr. Bruce Johnson.
KAAL, by Melanie Bloom, 3/23/2010