Book review: The science behind human physiological limits

“Endure: Mind, body, and the curiously elastic limits of human performance” by Alex Hutchingson

You know that Breaking2 project with marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge and co attempting to run a full marathon below a 2 hour mark?

This book is largely about the science behind the project, and the multiple back stories of each one of the scientific functions that measure endurance in human physiology, from brain-muscle connection, oxygen, altitude, heat, hydration, to psychology and much more.

The book isn’t just about breaking2 or about running, however, but instead it ranges from various case studies in different sporting disciplines, with all analyses ultimately ask 1 important question: what is the limit of the human body?

Endure is such a fascinating book, one that gets a stamp of approval from none other than running-enthusiast Malcolm Gladwell.