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Day After Marathon Etiquette

Jim Axelrod ran his first marathon last year.
Christina Axelrod
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.