Day After Marathon Etiquette

Jim Axelrod ran his first marathon last year.
Christina Axelrod

CBS News national correspodent Jim Axelrod's first book, "In the Long Run," a memoir about the New York City Marathon, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in June 2011.

Two-and-a-half years ago, in the middle of covering the Obama-Clinton race for the Democratic nomination, I found myself in front of a mirror, and not too pleased with what I saw.

Eating and drinking too much, sleeping too little, away from home for too long, I needed to make a bit of a course correction. Long a believer in the idea that "desperate times call for desperate measures," I decided to check off a box that had been hanging around on my life's to-do list a little too long - run a marathon.

The process of training for the marathon turned out to be nothing less than a chase after that most elusive of emotional commodities - happiness.

Last November 1st, I ran and completed the New York City Marathon, and I shall be attempting to do it again this year.

Here's a column that was first published in the New York Times about a curious phenomenon I noticed on the day after I finished the race last year.

  • Jim Axelrod

    Jim Axelrod is the anchor of the Saturday edition of the "CBS Evening News" and a national correspondent for CBS News, reporting for the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" and other CBS News broadcasts.

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