So what if it started out as a novelty competition? The Beer Mile is now a full-on race, one that runners approach with veneration and tons of training. It's not as easy as it sounds: kicking back four beers in the course of running a full mile on a track. Even famous athletes like Lance Armstrong have fallen short of their goals, while mothers in their 40s assert their dominance in the fast-rising race. Here's some insight from Elizabeth Herndon, who set the women's world record in December, on what it takes for an athlete to succeed in running the Beer Mile.

Herndon, 29, is a geology professor at Kent State.

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