Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Can women really compete against men in races???
With the increasing number of people and especially women taking part now in endurance events like Ultra-Marathons, there are some indications to suggest that the difference between the sexes may not be so large. Some may even argue that women may actually have the upper hand when it comes to really long distance endurance events.
The main reason...body fat. As a percentage, women have a higher percentage of body fat than men. In very long distance and endurance events, this body fat acts as a fuel store to keep the body going, especially when the stores of glycogen are running low. It's when the body begins getting low on glycogen and turns increasingly to other energy stores such as fat that Marathon runners hit the famous "wall."
There is an interesting article in the New York Daily News about it HERE